Powerfully Delicious Oatmeal Concoctions

I eat a LOT of oatmeal. I love dessert. One day I invented this:

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Banana Blueberry Oatmeal.
Which then led me to this:

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And then the madness just continued….pumpkin spice, chocolate peanut butter, blueberry coconut, chocolate coconut, coconut macaroon, PB&J, apple cinnamon, cinnamon raisin, chai latte, almond joy…..(I am sure there are more!)

If this all sounds complicated, trust me, it’s not. The only part that might require some planning would be making sure you have the tools and the basic ingredients.

Tools: a microwave-safe glass or ceramic bowl (min 4 cup capacity), basic measuring cups/spoons, either a potato masher or a Magic Bullet/small blender type thing, and a microwave

Every one of the oatmeals above have the same basic ‘base’ recipe. They just all have different extras added.
Here are the ingredients for the base: bananas or unsweetened applesauce, large flake rolled oats (not steel-cut, not quick-cooking, not minute-oats, not instant), milk (soy, coconut, almond, and cow are the only 4 I have tried. Soy is my favorite.), chia seeds (cheapest at Bulk Barn), and salt. (If you want, protein powder could also be thrown in to the mix I suppose…but I haven’t tried it)

Now let me give you an idea about how all of this works by explaining the most ‘plain’ of all the oatmeals: Banana Blueberry
In the microwaveable bowl, smash up a banana until it’s a completely mushy pulp. Add to that 1/2 cup of your milk of choice, and a splash of vanilla (alternately, you could blitz the banana, milk and vanilla in the Magic Bullet).
Then, in the bowl mix in 1/2 cup of oats, a Tbsp of chia, a dash of salt, and if desired, a dash of cinnamon.
Microwave the whole works at 60% power for 5 mins…stirring occasionally so it cooks uniformly. When you take it out of the microwave, throw a handful of washed berries on top (blueberries are nice here, but I am sure any berry would be nice!)

Once you master this…the possibilities are endless. If you are not a banana fan, 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce works too. Of course, some concoctions naturally would suit an apple flavour better than a banana flavour.

Now! Here are just some of the ways I play with my oatmeal….

Chocolate-Covered Raspberry (or Strawberry!): basic banana-oat base, splash of vanilla, Tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder, dash of cinnamon. Finish (after done cooking) with fresh berries.

Pumpkin Spice: basic apple-oat base, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon. After cooked, stir in a blob of canned pumpkin purée, maybe a drizzle of maple syrup if the mood strikes

Chocolate-Peanut Butter: banana-oat base, vanilla, Tbsp of cocoa. After done cooking, stir in a Tbsp of PB

PB&J: banana-oat base, vanilla. After done cooking, stir in a Tbsp of PB top with fresh berries

Coconut Macaroon: banana-oat base, 2 to 3 Tbsp of shredded unsweetened coconut, small splash of vanilla extract (Almond Joy? Add 1Tbsp cocoa, and finish with 1 tsp of almond butter)

Chai Latte: banana-oat base, vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, 2 tsp instant coffee granules

Apple Cinnamon: apple-oat base, vanilla, cinnamon. Finish with…raisins? Walnuts? Use your imagination!

Do you have your own crazy concoction? Share it!

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