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Old 09-12-2011, 09:45 PM   #1
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I've been trying to eat regular old oatmeal lately. Now I'm from the South so I'm used to grits with lots of butter, but obviously that isn't an option. I know there are flavored oatmeals available, but I'm trying to steer clear of those.

I've put a bit of honey in it, and I've also tried cinnamon. But I thought I'd ask you guys, how would you flavor it up?? And what is your preferred method of preparing it?
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I like to stir in a little peanut butter and splenda
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Old 09-12-2011, 09:50 PM   #3
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My mom always made it with a splash of milk and some raisins, and that's still how I like it. I like the saltiness of it without sugar, and the raisins add that missing sweetness. The milk makes it just a little bit creamier than just water.

I do like that you added cinnamon. How about a drop of maple syrup?
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peanut butter plus a scoop of low-sugar chocolate flavored protein powder.
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I make it spicy. I saute onion, tomatoes, ginger in olive oil and put little saultl. Then I put Oats and water. It cooks in 2 min and water dries. It tastes good to me.
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Old 09-12-2011, 10:10 PM   #6
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Just the tiniest sprinkle of brown sugar, soo good when it melts into the oatmeal, and fresh fruit! peaches, bananas, berries, etc. Maybe a little bit of sugar free jam/jelly.
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Old 09-12-2011, 10:14 PM   #7
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I eat mine with a 1/2 cup of frozen sweet cherries (50 calories) and some stevia. I've also put in mixed frozen berries.
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- Frozen mixed berries
- 1 tbs of peanut butter or Nutella and 1 scoop protein powder.
- Pumpkin pie spice (or just separately add nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, cloves)
- Diced apples

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- Blend yogurt, berries/bananas, a tad bit of honey, and oatmeal in the blender for a smoothie with some texture. My fiance introduced this to me and I love it now!

Another thing is steal-cut oatmeal is much tastier than the instant kind. I definitely recommend trying it out
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I chop up an apple in my oatmeal before I cook it. That adds a bit of sweetness to it. I've also added canned pumpkin to my oatmeal. Mostly I use the steel-cut oatmeal these days. Occasionally I will use the regular. I never use the instant oatmeal packets. Never, never, never.
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I add low fat plain Greek yogurt, almonds or pecans and cinnamon.
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I eat oatmeal daily, but I LOVE to eat it dry (old fashioned quaker oats which are larger flakes). I dump a scoop 1/2 cup dry oats into a bowl, add in a chopped apple (or banana or grapes), then dump in a greek flavored honey yogurt. Stir it all up & sprinkle with ground flax & cacao nibs! Try it, you may like it, very dessert like. I mix it up sometimes with strawberry greek yogurt & banana, blueberry greek yogurt & apple, mango greek yogurt & nectarine etc. I LOVE it & it's a quick go to meal anytime of day.. YUMMO
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Old 09-13-2011, 12:28 PM   #12
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mixed nuts and ground flax seeds plus some honey or maple syrup
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Old 09-13-2011, 08:41 PM   #13
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Thanks so much!! You've given me so many ideas!!!!
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Old 09-14-2011, 10:23 AM   #14
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I love making it with almond milk, mandarine oranges and coconut with a packet of sweetner. It is so yummy. And if you want, add a sliced bananna on top. It is like heaven in a bowl. Also Hungry Girl has alot of recipes for oatmeal on her website. Good luck!
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It's more about the texture to me. I don't like instant oats and I don't like it too mushy. Makes me gag!

I also don't make it sweet. It's all savory for me. I cook the steel cut oats or the extra thick rolled oats. I toast them first in a dry pan, then add water or broth to cook them. When done, I top it with a poached egg, a drizzle of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice. Salt, freshly ground pepper and a little cayenne or Sriachi pepper sauce.

On rare occasions, should I feel like having them sweet, I'd add chopped apple, dried cranberries, shaved raw coconut and a little coconut cream.
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