Food Talk And Fabulous Finds - What to put in Oatmeal?

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01-23-2012, 10:19 AM
I am trying to decrease my intake of processed foods for breakfast (which is what I traditionally ate). I have begun to eat oatmeal in the morning...which I surprisingly like. However, I need ideas for what to add. Right now, I may add Splenda or Brown Sugar and cinnamon. However, any other ideas on how to jazz up oatmeal?

Side note...In my past unhealthy life, I generally never ate breakfast unless I went to McDonald's for an egg and cheese biscuit (oh, and unsweetened if that really made a difference). Alternatively, I ate a bag of chips from the vending machine or Cheez-Its- because they had cheese :o Healthy breakfast eating was one of my first small changes but now I want to stay away from a lot of processed breakfast foods...even though low cal.

01-23-2012, 10:33 AM
My absolute favorite thing to put in oatmeal is a spoonful of peanut butter and a little bit of honey. I also enjoy a tiny bit of brown sugar, a handful of raisins, and an ounce of walnuts.

I am about to take oatmeal off my menu for awhile, but it really is the breakfast that keeps me most full throughout the morning. The peanut butter thing sounds weird, but if you like pb, I promise it's delicious.

01-23-2012, 10:35 AM
I use honey.

01-23-2012, 10:43 AM
I like peanut butter too. Sometimes I'll do half a serving of PB with a spoonful of jelly for PB&J oatmeal, and when I really want my breakfast to feel "indulgent" I'll add in a bit of hot chocolate mix and make it PB and chocolate. Deeelish.

01-23-2012, 10:46 AM
Maple syrup is good and it doesn't take a lot to get the flavor. Also, nut and fruits are a great addition to oatmeal. You can even get frozen fruits and just add them as you wish. Pretty much any kind you like will work, but bananas, apples, peaches and berries tend to be popular.

01-23-2012, 11:03 AM
i really like half cup of oatmeal, 25 or so blueberries and some splenda!!

01-23-2012, 11:05 AM
DW adds a 1/2 tsp of vanilla, raisins, and walnuts.

I use the splenda brown sugar and skim milk, sometimes I add cinnamon or sugar free maple syrup.

01-23-2012, 11:25 AM
oatmeal is one of my favorite foods!! i have once a day almost always!! my recent favorite way to fix it is with 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt and 1/2 cup frozen strawberries (with 2 packets stevia/sugar). then put it in the fridge and let it get slightly chilled--tastes EXACTLY like strawberry shortcake--SO good :-)

I also like adding peanut butter and a few chocolate chips...or 1/2 cup pumpkin and a few chocolate chips. apple sauce and cinnamon is also a good combo :)

Haha okay--i'm done. there's just so many endless possibilities!! let me know if you need any more ideas :dizzy:

01-23-2012, 11:57 AM
I cook my oatmeal overnight in the crock pot, using this method -

I also like to add a chopped up apple, unpeeled but cored, to the oatmeal before it is cooked. Yummmmmmmm ~

There are a gajillion ways to jazz up morning oatmeal, each one better than the last.

01-23-2012, 12:02 PM
My favorite is:

50grams of oats
15grams of crunched walnuts
10 grams of cranberries/currants
1/2 a banana
lots of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of sugar (I've never tried splenda, it's only recently allowed in europe so not lots of selling places. And the other substitues are just not so nice)

01-23-2012, 12:16 PM
I eat oatmeal every morning for breakfast. I add 1/4 c. raisins, 2 tbsp. walnuts, and cinnamon. The raisins add the perfect amount of sweetness without having to add additional sweetner.

01-23-2012, 01:32 PM
A bit of granola, little bit of honey, and some PB2(a powdered peanut butter which is missing most of the oils). Helps up the protein...

01-23-2012, 01:34 PM
CANNED PUMPKIN and almond milk. Life changing.

Make oatmeal using unsweetened Vanilla almond milk, as usual. stir in 1/4 cup canned pumpkin (plain, not the pumpkin pie mix with all the added sugar) along with some cinnamon and a little honey or splenda. DIVINE.

01-23-2012, 02:42 PM
Oatmeal is my work morning breakfast. I make it with water and add a drop of honey when I add the oatmeal (40 grams). Before I take it off the stove I add 10 grams each of raisins and dates. Sometimes I make it with dried cranberries.

I always add cinnamon on top!

01-23-2012, 03:31 PM
I'm someone whose default breakfast is a granola bar or a protein bar. Not the worst breakfast in the world, but not the healthiest either. I've been trying to get into the habit of eating oatmeal in the mornings, and I've found it very yummy! My favorite is the old standby - 1/4 cup of raisins and a bunch of cinnamon. Also, a bit of chopped walnuts, or some diced apples & cinnamon as well.

01-23-2012, 03:37 PM
I stumbled upon this blog awhile back, I'm not sure how now, but she has a seemingly endless list of things to do with oatmeal. I really enjoy the baked banana oatmeal recipe. The site is I'm new and don't have enough posts to have a link...sorry. :)

01-23-2012, 04:33 PM
I am so boring lol I love my oatmeal plain (no sugar or anything, well sometimes alittle cinnamon because it is so good for u) and then with fruit. Usually strawberries is my favorite in the world. But blueberries are good too. I want to try banana soon.

01-23-2012, 04:34 PM
I just started eating oatmeal too. Brown sugar, almond slivers and dried cranberries.

01-23-2012, 05:14 PM
Oatmeal is the perfect healthy blank canvas - I love it!

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal: canned pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and allspice) maple syrup and a few walnuts or pecans

Blueberry Lemon Oatmeal: Frozen wild blueberries, vanilla extract, lemon rind and almonds

Apple Pie Oatmeal: Chopped up apple, maple syrup, cinnamon, walnuts

Raspberry Almond Oatmeal: frozen raspberries, almond butter, almond extract

So many possibilities!

01-23-2012, 09:35 PM
I like frozen berries, pecans, splenda & cinnamon.

Pumpkin sounds so good!

There was another thread a while back in the food section, and someone had a savory oatmeal. That sounded interesting.

01-23-2012, 09:50 PM
I like to cut up an apple and put cinnamon and a dash of sugar in my oatmeal. Sometimes I put breakfast cereal or granola on top, or if you have it, crumbling up a tiny scoop of coffee cake over the top with cinnamon is a great treat. Nuts are also a good option for protein! :) Good luck

Arctic Mama
01-23-2012, 10:05 PM
Butter. Dead serious. Slowing down the digestion of that carbohydrate and mitigating the effect it has on your satiety and blood sugar with fat is a smart idea. You will feel full longer, reach fullness more quickly, and create a lot less dramatic blood chemistry response with fat in there.

Likewise, a nut butter like cashew or almond butter is also a great idea, as is cinnamon.

01-23-2012, 11:17 PM
PB.. even a lil bit adds alot of flavor.. with some choc chips it tastes like a PB cup.

For those days I have a sweet tooth (usually weekends) I stir in some nutella.. yum!

Also I like steel cut oatmeal wayy more then instant.

01-23-2012, 11:36 PM
My most recent wonderful discovery for when I want something sweet:

Almond Joy Oatmeal! I add a tsp. of unsweetened cocoa powder, a Tbs. of shredded coconut, a Tbs. of slivered almonds, and a little Splenda to sweeten.


Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal - about 1/3-1/2 cup canned pumpkin, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and sometimes some vanilla extract. Again I add some Splenda to sweeten it to taste.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal - Cut up half an apple, add lots of cinnamon and a little Splenda

Berry Pancake - Add frozen berries (I used a mix, but you could just do one kind) and some sugar free pancake syrup

I've also tried chocolate/peanut butter, using some unsweetened cocoa powder and some PB2 (powdered peanut butter), but I used way too much of the cocoa and it was really thick--haven't worked out proportions for that one yet.

And I tried to make a gingerbread one by making a spice blend based on what goes into actual gingerbread, but something was off and I didn't like it, so I'll have to continue to play with that one.

I bet some canned or frozen peaches would be yummy! I'm also planning on trying out a pina colada one soon. I've been having fun experimenting with oatmeal!

01-24-2012, 12:00 AM

I can't wait to try the honey, peanut butter, cranberry and apple cinnamon ideas (not together of course). I can't WAIT to try the Pumpkin Pie. I'm so excited I want to do a Wal-Mart run at almost 10 p.m. :)

That's why I love this forum...Thanks guys for saving breakfast!

01-24-2012, 12:59 AM
I like taking dried banana chips and cooking it with those. Or dried apples and cinnamon. Tastes good and I don't have to worry about eating money on the fruit going bad because it was dried.

01-24-2012, 01:10 AM
i use 1 tbsp of sugar-free strawberry preserves in my oatmeal (the kind made with splenda) and it comes out really tasty!

01-24-2012, 06:15 AM
I normally like one of those 35 cals yogurts and then a cup or 2 of mixed berries on the side, sometimes mixed in.

or a lightly unhealthier option with a few dark chocolate chips or mint chocolate chips and some milk...normally only 10-15g for every 30g oatmeal though...

01-27-2012, 03:16 PM
wow i feel so boring!

I have eaten a cup of oatmeal for breakfast for about 6 months (bar fasting days) and just poured a heap of splenda on it (with semi-skimmed milk).

It keeps me full for hours and stops the snacking until my next big meal!

I like the idea of berries in it, i have tried the p/nut butter and it is lovely!

Must experiment more, thankyou for the ideas!

01-27-2012, 07:20 PM
I love oatmeal too, but in the summer time I don't like a hot breakdfast. So I take dry oatmeal and let it soak in milk or soy milk , soy is very good too because it's so sweet, I let it soak anywhere from 5 minutes to overnight, depending on my time in the morning and lazyness at night :lol: ... add raisins, sunflower seeds, nut of choice...

Lately I have switched to oatbran for a change... I take a cup of boiling water add 1/3 cup oatbran, one cup frozen blueberries, cover the bowl with a plate and leave it overnight. In the morning the oatbran has absorbed the water and blueberry juice, I add a tablespoon of ground flax seed and a bit of Splenda or Stevia... warm it up a bit, enjoy :hun:

01-28-2012, 02:17 AM
My 2 favorites are a pat of butter or a tablespoon of natural (non-sweetened) peanut butter. I don't like sweetened oatmeal and the addition of fat balances out all of those carbs and keeps my appetite in check

01-28-2012, 02:19 AM
Another delicious way to have oats is raw, mixed with greek yogurt and some nuts & berries (my favorite combo is raw almonds and blueberries).