12 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Oatmeal

Welcome to 2020! Are you ready to go back to your normal eating habits? Holiday is over and most of us are trying to be back on the good side again. You know,healthy eating. More veggies, more fruits, less sweets and less eating out. I get you, I’m in the same boat as most are people after holiday season. To help you get back on your kind of health eating routine, I’m sharing with you 12 Ways to Enjoy Oatmeal. Oatmeal is such an easy breakfast to make, and the best part of Oatmeal is that you can make tons of variations. Have it plain, add some nuts, dried fruit, fresh fruits, make it chocolate, sneak in some veggies or make it savory. This is just 12 ways, I’m pretty sure you can come up with more. Let me show you what I have here. Let me know which one is your favorite. 

Single Serving Strawberry Crisp Oatmeal

This oatmeal version is a mash-up between breakfast oatmeal and Strawberry Crisp. In fact, I used my Strawberry Crisp leftover as a topping for this oatmeal. Nice warm oatmeal, topped with fresh Strawberry and crunchy crisp.

Single Serving Caramelized Banana Oatmeal

This oatmeal is a mash-up between my classic oatmeal and my Homemade Caramelized Banana. Fresh banana cooked in brown sugar and butter to create a nice caramel syrup that coats the ripe banana.

Single Serving Pear Almond Crumble Oatmeal

You probably noticed by now how much i like using crisp and crumble as topping for my oatmeal. This version is a mashup between my classic oatemal and Pear Almond Crumble. The Pear was first cook to softened it, then finish off in the oven with the crumble topping.

Single Serve Coconut Mango Oatmeal

How about a tropical oatmeal version? This Coconut and Mango Oatmeal is one of my Summer favorite oatmeal. Make the most of the fresh Mango and use it as topping, add some sweetened flaked coconut and you will be in Summer mode early in the morning.

Single Serving Hot Chocolate Oatmeal

This is probably one of the unique variation I had so far. Chocolate lovers favorite. Almost like a rice pudding but the healthier version.

Single Serving Blueberry Banana Oatmeal

This Blueberry Banana Oatmeal is another Summer favorite variation. I used a combination of Homemade Blueberry Sauce and fresh Blueberry on top plus my all time favorite banana.

Single Serving Banana & Chia Seed Oatmeal

The first oatmeal post I made was this classic Banana and Chia Seed Oatmeal. I was still new on this and was just playing on what I have on hand. Turned out pretty well, this basically started the rest of the 11 variations I have in my website.

Single Serving Black Forest Oatmeal

My kind of breakfast and dessert oatmeal in one. Made with classic oatmeal recipe with the addition of cocoa powder to give a nice decadent taste. The topping was my Homemade Cherry Sauce, plus a little drizzle of cream on top.

Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Pie (less the crust) and oatmeal in one. Classic base oatmeal mixed with pumpkin puree and topped with Pecan crumble, with a slight hint of cinnamon flavor.

Baked Apple Pie Oatmeal

Warm comforting Apple Pie Oatmeal loaded with fresh Apple, topped with crunchy Pecan and spiced with Fall spices. It can never get more Fall than this.

Mashed Sweet Potato Oatmeal

This is one of my unique oatmeal variation. The same classic oatmeal mixed with mashed sweet potato and topped with sliced banana, strawberry and some granola for crunch.

Mashed Cranberry and Pecan Eggnog

Last but not the least, my holiday themed oatmeal. This Cranberry and Pecan Eggnog Oatmeal is very festive and truly a nice warm way to wake up in the morning. Make the most of the eggnog and make this Eggnog oatmeal

There you go guys. 12 wonderful, delicious oatmeal variation for you to choose from. Let me know which one is your favorite. ENJOY!

Types of Oatmeal

Steel Cut Oats (Irish Oats) – This type of oats has a finer texture but is chewier than traditional oats, they are digested more slowly and it makes you feel full easily. This type is perfect for breakfast cereals as they make you feel full longer.

Rolled Oats (Old Fashioned) – This type of oats are flat, thin and have bigger pieces than Steel Cut Oats. It cooks faster, about 10 minutes for 1/3 cup (depending on how chewy you like it). Although filling, it is not as filling as using Steel Cut Oats, but if your recipe requires minimal cooking time or you do not have much time on hand, this is the perfect type of oats to use. I find that this type is also the one perfect for baking cookies, bars, bread or pancakes.

Quick Oats – This type of oats have flat, light and even thinner pieces as compared to Rolled Oats. This cooks in about 1-2 minutes and are perfect for recipes that calls for a very minimal cooking time. Although it is also a good option for breakfast, it is not as filling as using Steel Cut Oats and Rolled Oats.

Instant Oats – This type of oatmeal has been pre-cooked and dried, because of this, it require no cooking time at all. You just need to add boiling water and let sit for few minutes to soften. This type of oatmeal doesn’t have chewiness and texture and can get mushy at times. This if perfect option when you are traveling and you need something on the go. Simply add hot water and you have an instant breakfast with you.

Basic Oatemal Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 1/2 cup Milk (Can be substituted with a mix of water and milk in any proportion)
  • 2 Tablespoon Brown Sugar (can be substituted with other sweeter of your choice)

Instructions:

Pour water and milk in a pan. Add rolled oats and simmer in medium heat for about 5- 8 minutes. Stir in brown sugar, and cook for another 5 minutes. The consistency of the oats will thicken as it cools, if you are serving it immediately, you can cook it a little bit longer to get a thick consistency. Cooking time is flexible, cook less or more time to adjust to the texture and consistency that you prefer.

Re-heating

One tip when reheating it, add few spoonful of water or milk to thin out the consistency. The oatmeal will thickens as it cools, even more when refrigerated. So to bring it back to nice consistency, you need to add a little bit of liquid. For single serving, add 1-2 tbsp of liquid and stir then simply pop it in the microwave for 1 minute. Take it out and stir again, adding more liquid as  necessary to achieve the consistency that you like. Return to microwave for another minute. Remove and add toppings as desired. You can also add more liquid while cooking it, this way it remains slightly runny and you won’t need to add liquid to it when you re-heat it. Easy breezy! Enjoy

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