June 8, 2015

This Ain’t Your Childhood Oatmeal

Happy #MeatlessMonday!  Thanks for kicking off your week by joining us.  As usual, I’m LinkingUp with Rachel from Running on Happy & Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama to bring you some amazing bites for your Meatless Monday meals!


I have never been a fan of oatmeal. I didn’t like it when my mom made it for breakfast. She always made me Cream of Wheat instead.  I grew up detesting oatmeal, grits and most of the other hot breakfast cereals.  To this day, I watch my husband eat huge bowls of it for its health and nutrition value and the thought of eating it literally makes me gag.  

Two weeks ago, that all changed.  I was at a professional conference and the breakfast buffet for the morning was pastries and a Le Creuset Dutch Oven of creamy looking steel cut oatmeal surrounded by bowls of berries, nuts, honey and yogurt.  Not wanting to eat muffins and danish, I opted to try the oatmeal.  I actually fell in love!  The nutty flavor of the steel cut oats and the creamy texture actually appealed to me.  I loaded up a bowl with walnuts, blueberries, a dollop of yogurt and a drizzle of honey.  

When I went grocery shopping this week, I bought a container of steel cut oats and vowed to incorporate them into my nutrition.  The recipe below was born from the inspiration of that conference bowl of oatmeal.


This Ain’t Your Childhood Oatmeal

1/3 cup 3 Minute Quick Cook Oats (make sure the ones you use contain ONLY steel cut oats)
3/4 cup milk or almond milk (or your favorite dairy or non-dairy milk)
pinch salt (no more than 1/4 tsp)
1 tsp 100% maple syrup
1 Tbsp walnuts or pecans, chopped
handful of fresh blueberries

Place oats, milk, and salt in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave for 3 minutes on 50% power stir and microwave for 1-2 minutes more on full power.  Add remaining ingredients.  Stir and enjoy!





For more Meatless Monday recipes, check on Meatless Monday and Confessions of a Mother Runner.


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9 Comments on “This Ain’t Your Childhood Oatmeal

June 8, 2015 at 12:56 pm

I don’t eat oatmeal often but when I do, it’s almost exactly this way! So yummy!!!
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June 8, 2015 at 3:29 pm

This looks really good! I’ve never been a fan of steel cut oats but I really want to try this recipe!

Melissa C
June 8, 2015 at 11:52 pm

This sounds delicious what a great way to start the morning off!

Adrianne B
June 9, 2015 at 8:32 am

Love this and will definitely have to try it. My daughter’s favorite school day breakfast is oatmeal AKA “Oats!”.

Cassandra @ Powered By BLING
June 9, 2015 at 9:29 am

Wow! Kudos to your daughter for loving oatmeal!

ellen casper
June 9, 2015 at 8:33 am

I never thought of adding maple syrup to oatmeal – the recipe sounds yummy!

Angela Saver
June 9, 2015 at 11:58 pm

Can’t wait to try this oatmeal for breakfast! Sounds amazing!

June 23, 2015 at 9:25 am

Looks super tasty! I love trying new oatmeal recipes.

June 27, 2015 at 2:18 am

I eat oatmeal everyday for breakfast, my go-to has bananas, dried cranberries, walnuts, chia seeds, flaxseeds, cooked quinoa (I prepare a batch in the beginning of the week) and honey. I’ve also made twists on apple pie, peach cobbler, carrot cake (its awesome) and a pear date variety. I love oatmeal because the possibilities are endless and it can easily be made to suit one’s palate.


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