Food Talk And Fabulous Finds - How do I make oatmeal NOT taste like cardboard?




bananapancakes
09-22-2010, 11:16 AM
I want to love oatmeal, I really do- I know it's great for my body and it will be great fuel before runs, however each time I make it it really resembles what I imagine cardboard would taste like. I've tried adding fruit, cinnamon, making it with vanilla soy instead of water, but yet it still has that bland taste. I'm hoping some of you can offer ideas, what do you put in your whole grain oatmeal to make it taste sweet, yet still be healthy?


matt_H
09-22-2010, 11:22 AM
I eat oatmeal almost every morning now. I love it!

How about adding a non-calorie sweetner like sweet n low or splenda? I add that to my oatmeal for a bit of sweetness, but I like it either way :).

hlaoroo
09-22-2010, 11:26 AM
I saw someone put apple juice on it, haven't tried it myself but I plan to.


pucedaisy
09-22-2010, 11:30 AM
i stir a bit of peanut butter or almond butter into it, and a spoonful of preserves. and a dash of salt. i love steel cut oatmeal! also, i soak it overnight, so it cooks much quicker int he morning.

EmmaD
09-22-2010, 11:32 AM
Ha! It was kind of an acquired taste for me but now I love it (steel cut especially).

Kath Eats Real Food (http://www.katheats.com/kaths-tribute-to-oatmeal/) has a scary amount of ideas for oatmeal... hopefully something will work out for you from there...

Matilda08
09-22-2010, 11:57 AM
I eat oatmeal almost daily and I love to put low fat yogurt in it or even applesause!

AnnieDrews
09-22-2010, 12:30 PM
Although the purists will disagree....I HAVE to have sweetness in my oatmeal. I use Splenda brown sugar blend. It DOES have a few more calories than other kinds, but it really does a job on my daily oatmeal.

Here is how I flavor my oatmeal: I always cook a pot of 5 servings every Sunday evening to take to work every day during the week. While it is cooking, I sprinkle in a generous amount of cinnamon. After it is off the fire, I add 5 teaspoons of imitation butter flavoring and stir it in. Portion it out into containers. Each morning at work I reheat the oatmeal and add frozen unsweetened black cherries. Then I sprinkle on the Splenda brown sugar (about 2 tsp or so). I am lucky we have a kitchen at work where I can keep my fruit in the freezer and cabinets for the Splenda. I sometimes use frozen blueberries or chopped apple.

beerab
09-22-2010, 12:50 PM
I have a huge textural problem with oatmeal, so now I just take yogurt and mix it up with bear naked natural granola and some fruit- it's really good :) Just another suggestion if oatmeal will never work for you. I've also tried it a million ways and it just doesn't work for me. :(

oodlesofnoodles
09-22-2010, 01:11 PM
You can try the flavored packet kind. It has more calories but it's good. I love the Quaker Cinnamon Roll kind. I'm currently trying to figure out how they get it to taste like that so I can duplicate it at home with less sugar and who knows what else they put in.

Also, peanut butter in oatmeal is really good. Sometimes I add a packet of splenda, a teaspoon of brown sugar, and dump in some SF maple syrup and stir and that's good too. Maybe add a tiny bit of butter, like a teaspoon or less. A tiny bit of fat makes things taste WAY better. Sometimes I'll stir in a teaspoon or two of half and half, that's nice also. You're not using too little water, also, are you? Because the consistency gets nasty if there's not enough water. It is strikingly similar to cardboard lol.

bananapancakes
09-22-2010, 01:14 PM
Matt H: I'm envious I want to love it too! :D

EmmaD: Thanks for the link which I will be checking out right now.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the suggestions so far- much appreciated! I will give some of these a whirl......I have to be honest, not sure I will try the sugar ones since I'm scared of sugar/ Splenda- haha! I feel if I put sugar on it (anything really) I'm going to get chunky again. I will try the yogurt for sure. I enjoy the boxed oatmeals, but it seems they are loaded with sugars and salt among other stuff that I'd rather not eat. Hopefully one day I will love oatmeal.

shortandfluffy
09-22-2010, 01:22 PM
I tried some with almond butter and it was really good. Kashi has some flavored oatmeal that is pretty good, but you have to watch the sugar with those.

I don't dare make it like my grandma used to for me. Loads of butter, sugar, cinnamon and milk. SOOOO good, but wow, don't want to think about the calorie and fat.

bananapancakes
09-22-2010, 01:52 PM
Hahaha, shortand fluffy, I love that name! :P

I have a nut allergy, but I could use soy nut butter, or I wonder how good sunflower seed spread would taste in there....I'll be trying various ideas this week.

AnnieDrews
09-22-2010, 02:03 PM
You can try the flavored packet kind. It has more calories but it's good. I love the Quaker Cinnamon Roll kind. I'm currently trying to figure out how they get it to taste like that so I can duplicate it at home with less sugar and who knows what else they put in.


You might try the butter flavor extract, vanilla or almond extract to flavor it while adding cinnamon and a sweetener of your choice.

NiteNicole
09-22-2010, 02:12 PM
I LOVE oatmeal...but not if you cook it in water. Yuck. Cardboard, indeed. I like mine cooked in significantly less milk than the directions call for (so for .5 C oats, I use about 3/4C skim milk) and I stir in a tablespoon of natural peanut butter and about half a teaspoon of cinnamon. I LOVE it and I don't need a snack before lunch.

shasha12
09-22-2010, 02:27 PM
it sounds weeeeeeird, but oatmeal with a little salt and pepper, topped with a scrambled egg is AWESOME! :) sometimes when i have it on hand, i also stir in some laughing cow--any flavor!

if it tastes like cardboard to you, trying it savory might be the thing.

Rochester
09-22-2010, 04:43 PM
I never was crazy about oatmeal because all I'd ever had was the Quaker stuff. It just tasted like nothing and had such a weird gummy texture. And then I tried steel cut oats. YumO! The texture is more chewy (not at all pasty), and it has a great nutty/grainy flavor. I usually stir stuff into it (fruits, nuts, peanut butter, etc.) but it's amazing just plain as well. Silver Palate and McCann's are my fav brands.

bananapancakes
09-22-2010, 11:17 PM
Honestly, I'm surprised to hear so many people say they put peanut butter in their oatmeal, I would never ever have thought to do that- it sounds a little....well, odd....yucky, but I'll try anything once- I'll also have to give steel cut oats a whirl. Thanks all for the fab suggestions......it's going to be an interesting few days of breakfasts. :)

bananapancakes
09-23-2010, 01:37 PM
I did it, I ate whole grain oatmeal for breakfast.....what I did was make a pot of oatmeal and instead of water I used vanilla soy milk, I split it in to different bowls and added a teen drop of Splenda in one, sunflower seed spread in the other, vanilla extract in one and cinnamon in the other, all with a piece of banana and tasted them all....I liked the one with Splenda in it best- go figure. :P So I discarded the split portions and made a new portion with 1 packet of Splenda, 2 tblspns of flax seed and a banana and I have to say it was pretty darn good, I would have loved to add another packet of Splenda for a wee bit of extra sweetness, but I resisted. :)

AnnieDrews
09-23-2010, 01:56 PM
Ah, go ahead! Add more Splenda! It's not like you eat it by the cupful or anything. When I made my lifestyle changes I knew if I didn't use all avenues to make things taste good, I wouldn't stick to it.

Pssst...try the frozen dark sweet cherries (no sweeteners are added in packaging, just the name of them). Delicious!

midwife
09-23-2010, 02:19 PM
Blend 1/2 cup oats, 2 eggs, and ~1/3 cup of cottage cheese. Add a splash of water if need be. Cook like pancakes. You can even add sliced bananas when you're cooking them.

Shifterred
09-23-2010, 06:17 PM
Blend 1/2 cup oats, 2 eggs, and ~1/3 cup of cottage cheese. Add a splash of water if need be. Cook like pancakes. You can even add sliced bananas when you're cooking them.

I'm totally going to try this out sometime!

THANKS!

katy trail
09-23-2010, 06:32 PM
my kids love oatmeal and cream of wheat. lately i make it with vanilla extract and allspice. it seems to need less sweetener with vanilla. i love the smell of them both.
i love,love frozen cherries. we like most any kind of fruit in it. frozen works especially well for kids, when its hot, or they are sick frozen fruit is a little popsicle making their throat feel better.
i've also tried it with chamomile tea that was good. i love oatmeal pb cookies, but hate pb in oatmeal. go figure. :dizzy:

bananapancakes
09-24-2010, 02:19 AM
Hmmmm.....some very interesting options I will be trying over time, thanks guys!!!

Midwife, I'll be trying that for sure real soon. I make banana pancakes using oatmeal from time to time, but not like this, this sounds faster and easier. Breakfast is going to get reeeeal interesting. ;) Btw, are you as pumped as me for the new season of Dexter this Sunday?! I have ants in my pants about it, it's my all time favorite show, hands down. I seen the preview for this series, did you get a look? :)

Matilda08
09-24-2010, 10:25 AM
Although the purists will disagree....I HAVE to have sweetness in my oatmeal. I use Splenda brown sugar blend. It DOES have a few more calories than other kinds, but it really does a job on my daily oatmeal.

Here is how I flavor my oatmeal: I always cook a pot of 5 servings every Sunday evening to take to work every day during the week. While it is cooking, I sprinkle in a generous amount of cinnamon. After it is off the fire, I add 5 teaspoons of imitation butter flavoring and stir it in. Portion it out into containers. Each morning at work I reheat the oatmeal and add frozen unsweetened black cherries. Then I sprinkle on the Splenda brown sugar (about 2 tsp or so). I am lucky we have a kitchen at work where I can keep my fruit in the freezer and cabinets for the Splenda. I sometimes use frozen blueberries or chopped apple.

sometime I eat the instant fruit flavors. I count calories so it works for me they are 140 per packet.

midwife
09-24-2010, 10:35 AM
Midwife, I'll be trying that for sure real soon. I make banana pancakes using oatmeal from time to time, but not like this, this sounds faster and easier. Breakfast is going to get reeeeal interesting. ;) Btw, are you as pumped as me for the new season of Dexter this Sunday?! I have ants in my pants about it, it's my all time favorite show, hands down. I seen the preview for this series, did you get a look? :)

We watch it on Neflix so I am a season behind. So I am pumped to watch the next episode we have, but I've been actively avoiding the preview! It's tough though!

samantha collins
09-24-2010, 10:42 AM
Add little honey or apple juice..It will be much sweeter..

Aunty Jam
09-24-2010, 12:15 PM
I also add peanut butter to mine but I use the all natural stuff, no hydroginated (sp?) oils. But I think you mentioned you have a nut allergy? To all nuts or just some?

Another one of my favorite ways to make oatmeal if I need a little treat is to make it half way with a bit less water, then I throw in a lot of milk, lots of fresh blueberries and a little splenda brown surgar. I cook it so the milk is warm and the blueberries burst (if they don't I help them). It's warm and comforting, makes me feel good all over and as an added bonus it helps me sleep - LoL.

I love Dexter!!! But I'm behind also... I don't think I've seen all of last season so I'm unsure if I want to start watching this season! I've really got to find somewhere that rents them!

Sculptahorse
09-24-2010, 07:35 PM
I use single-serving flavored applesauce such as mixed berry or pear on my oatmeal and it's great. I think it alters the texture as well.

Cookc04
09-24-2010, 08:23 PM
Ah - well I don't understand.
I love oatmeal, and don't find it bland at all. I cook a week's worth with Sultanas and a Cinnamon stick, sometimes star anise. I then keep in fridge -so it's a bit like bircher museli. I don't add any sugar or sweetener. Sultanas are little pockets of sweet enough.