Oatmeal 7 Ways

Let’s talk about something very exciting: oatmeal.

I know, I know. Oatmeal gets flack for being boring and plain, but really, you just need to jazz it up. Like tofu, oatmeal is really just a (very healthy) base for a variety of flavors. We all know the benefits of oatmeal: it’s a good source of fiber, helps lower your risk of heart disease, naturally low in fat, etc etc. But what I love most about oatmeal is it keep me full FOR HOURS. And that’s no easy feat.

So I wanted to share with you some of my favorite oatmeal preparations. My base is always: 1/2 cup oatmeal (I like old fashioned oats), 1/2 cup skim milk, 1/2 banana (either chopped or mashed), and 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed. The flaxseed is like a sprinkle of fairy dust – not only is it another great source of fiber, but it is also rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.

Now if you feel like it, you can eat oatmeal seven days a week, with this handy guide for Oatmeal 7 Ways:

Coconut Bliss: 1 tb Artisana coconut butter mixed in + mashed banana, topped with finely shaved dark chocolate, coconut flakes, and blueberries

Double Chocolate Almond: 1 tb MaraNatha Dark Chocolate Almond butter mixed in + splash of Silk Dark Chococolate Almond milk, topped with chopped banana

Classic: topped with 1 tb brown sugar, 3 chopped prunes, 1 tb chopped pecans, and chopped banana

Overnight Tropical: 1 tb Artisana coconut butter mixed in + 1/4 cup Chobani pineapple Greek yogurt + chopped banana + 1 tb coconut flakes (I decreased the skim milk to 1/4 cup in this version; mixed everything together in a big bowl then let it chill overnight)

PB&J: mashed banana, topped with 1 tb creamy peanut butter + 1 tb mixed berry preserves

Chocolate Covered Strawberry: topped with 1 tb dark chocolate shavings and 1/4 cup fresh strawberries (no banana)

The Usual: topped with Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter and 1/2 chopped apple (no banana)

Some of you may think that the only reason I eat oatmeal is to have an excuse to have some chocolate or something dessert-like for breakfast. You are right. But as I already mentioned above, I also choose oatmeal because it keeps me well satiated for hours! No more it’s 11 am I’m starving what lunch is an hour away let me have a cookie I need that cookie now hunger pangs.

I love starting my day with a hearty breakfast, especially because I usually work out in the mornings so a big bowl of oats is a nice pre-workout fuel or post-workout meal. Eggs are another one of my favorite keeps-me-full-longer breakfasts, but I more often have eggs for dinner.

If you like oatmeal, what’s your favorite way to eat it? Would you try any of my oatmeal ways?


30 Responses to “Oatmeal 7 Ways”

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    Lindsey @Textbooks and Cookbooks posted March 20, 2011 at 8:57 am

    I loved this post! I eat oatmeal at least 5/7 days a week and it’s the only thing that keeps my full until lunch!

    My favorite way to eat oatmeal is with a mashed banana, almond butter, and chia seeds! I will definitely try your chocolate covered strawberry oatmeal…that looks delicious!

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    Michelle posted March 20, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I am eating a big bowl of oatmeal right now with honey and almonds! I agree that oatmeal definitely keeps me full longer and I love all of your creative oatmeal recipes!

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    Katie @The Small Boston Kitchen posted March 20, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Very creative! I love how oatmeal is totally a blank canvas for whatever you can dream up. Great post!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted March 20, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Dark chocolate almond oatmeal sounds fantastic!

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    Daisy posted March 20, 2011 at 11:25 am

    such creative ways to get your oats!

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    MelissaNibbles posted March 20, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I always mix mine with cottage cheese for added protein.

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted March 20, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Great ideas. I eat oatmeal every morning at work with dried cranberries. It definitely gets boring so this is helpful!

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    Patty posted March 20, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I love this! I just had eggs for breakfast but now I really really want some oatmeal!

    I usually have mine with a dollop of plain yogurt, chopped bananas and fresh strawberries =) and sometimes with dried cranberries!

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    Patty posted March 20, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Btw, are those your placemats? =) cute!

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    Megan posted March 20, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    I think I could eat the chocolate-covered strawberry one every day and be perfectly happy.

    When I make oatmeal, I tend to do butter and maple syrup. That’s how my mom always made it, and it reminds me of home. I don’t ever attempt to be healthy with my oatmeal. That’s what fruit, yogurt, and granola parfaits are for!

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    Becky posted March 21, 2011 at 6:57 am

    I love hot oatmeal for breakfast. My favorite mix includes oats, almond milk, banana, chia seeds, and dark chocolate PB. I sometimes add a little Kashi cereal or granola on top for crunch. It’s sweet and filling. I love your variations!

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    Justin @JustinCanCook posted March 21, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I eat oatmeal every morning, but it’s usually the same style – Raisins (or dried cranberries) and a scoop of almond butter. I look forward to trying a few of these variations, especially with the coconut!

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    shoshana posted March 21, 2011 at 11:12 am

    These are fun creative ways of making oatmeal :) I always have it for breakfast, I find it has a calming effect on the stomach. My fav way to make it is with cranberries and blueberries with a touch of honey.

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    Meghan@travelwinedine posted March 21, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    I am sadly off of oatmeal after eating it for way too many days in a row! I used to love it with canned pumpkin and cinnamon or peanut butter, banana, and a few chocolate chips!

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    Dana posted March 21, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    I eat oatmeal every day during the week! I don’t have nearly as much variety as you do though… apparently I need to experiment more!

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    Maria @ Scandifoodie posted March 22, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Can I have one each please?! :-D

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    cassie posted March 22, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    i love oatmeal..my favorite way to eat it is with 1/2c organic milk, sliced bananas and 1 tbsp peanut butter.. i would definitely try your tropical oat.. love all the ingredients..

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    Liz posted March 22, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Love the ideas! Thanks!
    I love the overnight oats recipe you gave me…but I also do the hot oatmeal version, and I love that too!
    Another way I do it: Oats + blueberry soy yogurt + soy milk + pecans/almonds + cranberries chilled overnight. Then I add fresh blueberries on top in the morning. :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 22, 2011 at 9:28 pm

      Oooh Lizzy that sounds delicious too!

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    Simply Life posted March 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Oh I’m loving all these ideas! My favorite way is usually with a scoop of almond butter and a banana!

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    Emily posted March 22, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    I shared your delicious recipe for tropical overnight oats w/ our Twitter friends. I couldn’t find your handle, so I hope if you’re on Twitter you’ll give us a shout and join our social CHOmmunity. :)

    Nothing but good,

    Emily, Chobani

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 22, 2011 at 9:25 pm

      Thank you Emily! I’m following Chobani, my twitter handle is @biancagarcia

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    Logan Osterhout posted March 22, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    I make 1.5 cups every morning and my staples are milk, banana, chocolate hazlenut butter, protein powder, and cinnamon

    You should try pumpkin pie oatmeal.
    1/2 cup oats
    2-3 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree
    1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
    1/2 cup milk
    1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    pinch of salt
    dash of cinnamon, cloves, and allspice
    chopped pecans (optional)

    Mix everything together and put it in the microwave until it’s at the consistency and temperature you want.

    P.S. I used to use mara natha pb all the time. Now I use ‘Justin’s’ and will never go back. There chocolate hazlenut and maple almond flavors are incredible.

    Check out the blog I made a couple days ago!

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 25, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      Hey Logan, thanks for visiting my blog. I do like Pumpkin Oats but for some reason I reserve it for the Fall ;) And I also like Justin’s almond butter but for hazelnut, Nutella is my true love ;)

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    Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) posted March 22, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    I love the warmer temps lately, they are perfect for overnight oats!
    My favorite way to eat oatmeal is with some almond butter and jelly. :)

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    Lea @ Healthy Coconut posted March 23, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Coconut bliss bowl all the way for me baby :)

    So true, having a bown of oats is a good way to start your day, it’s so comforting to eat something warm and feels good in your stomach. I also like eating a bowl of oats, the get excited for the possibilities of the toppings.

    Thanks for posting all the different ways to mi and match toppings.

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    Rachel @Healthy_Chicks posted March 23, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Great post Bianca! They all look super tasty. My favorite way with oatmeal is 1/2 c. gluten free oats (I avoid wheat), 1 cup water or almond milk topped with banana, Teddie Peanut Butter, flax oil, cinnamon and a little bit of Agave syrup. YUM.

    Your Double Chocolate Almond looks darn delicious thought! ; )

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    Allie posted March 24, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    I love oatmeal and any ode to oatmeal. Today I had cinnamon, yesterday cranberry, chocolate chip and vanilla extract. It’s so much fun to mix and match!

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    lynn posted August 14, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Oh, man, I’ve never even thought to put chocolate on oatmeal. Brilliant! Thank you :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 15, 2012 at 10:32 am

      Thanks Lynn! It’s a nice excuse to have dessert for breakfast ;)

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