There are a lot of “designer” oatmeal for sale these days. Not only is there an abundance of flavors, but it is also oatmeal especially made for women, weight control or other health claims. However, it includes a lot of flavored oatmeal artificial ingredients and preservatives, while the health claims are gimmicks aims to sell at a higher price. All you need to do is buy a box or container of pure oats (try fast food instead of instant), and place in separate ingredients themselves.
. Various add-in options.
Follow the quick-cooking oats. Choose from a variety as steel-cut Irish style or old-fashioned. Then select one of the additions that follow below.
Thinly slice a banana and stir during the last two minutes of cooking. Mix it well. The banana will give oatmeal a fluffy consistency. When cooked, spoon in a bowl (use a wooden spoon for best taste) and stir in a spoonful of peanut butter.
Cook up a batch of oatmeal and once cooked, add the blueberries and a dash of real cream. (Uncooked, the blueberries retain more antioxidants). Stir well.
Add 1 tbsp. of real maple syrup in the last minute of cooking. Top with 2 tbsp. walnut halves before serving.
Toss in 1/3 cup dried apple rings, cut into quarters, and 1 tsp. each of ground nutmeg and cinnamon during the last two minutes of cooking.
Indulge chocolate oatmeal. Stir in 2 tbsp. of dark or milk chocolate chips along with a pinch of salt during the last three minutes of cooking. Stir it thoroughly to melt chocolate.
Tips and Warnings
Other nut butters work just as well. Try almond or cashew butter for variety.
Substitute blueberries with strawberries.
See oatmeal as you cook it, stirring constantly, or it will burn on the bottom.