Basic Oatmeal

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Years ago, the thought of a big bowl of oatmeal grossed me out.  It made me think of Goldilocks and her bowl of porridge.  Maybe the bears scared me–and not the porridge, but nonetheless, I couldn’t bring myself to eat it.

When I finally did, I used the chalky packets and a microwave. Eh. Not the best way to start a love for something new.

The good news about this basic oatmeal recipe?

It’s not nasty.

It takes 5 minutes.

It will FILL YOU UP.

In the winter months, my body craves hot meals more than smoothies and salads, so this is the perfect breakfast for me.  Add different toppings each day, and I’ll never get bored!

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And yes, you got that right. Winter in SC means 60 degree weather & fall-like leaves still falling. Except for tomorrow. The high is 34 degrees.  The low? 21. Twenty one.  Make up your mind, right?!

This recipe is only mildly sweet.  For me, it’s absolutely perfect.  But feel free to adjust it to your liking! Since this is a base recipe, add whatever you like to make this breakfast yours!

Suggested toppings:

Fresh fruit (blueberries are my favorite)

Dried fruit

Spices: cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, ginger

Coconut flakes

Chia Seeds

Nuts & Seeds

Organic Jam/Jelly

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So grab a blanket, a cup of coffee, your oatmeal, and enjoy this beautiful winter 🙂

Basic Oatmeal
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup rolled or quick gluten-free oats
  • 1¼ cups unsweetened almond milk
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1.5 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch salt
Instructions
  1. Combine milk, water, and oats in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low/low and cook for about 4-5 minutes.
  3. Pour into a bowl and top with desired toppings.
  4. Enjoy!

 

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