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Oatmeal Toppings

I have started buying real oatmeal (yeah...the kind with the nutritional value NOT processed out of it...) My problem is that it tastes nasty...I've been adding maple syrup and it's okay but I'm curious what other people put on/in their oatmeal. I'm particularly hoping to find a strange suggestion (I contemplated vinegar this morning...)

Fri. Mar 17, 4:47am

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Skip the vinegar. Try -fresh fruit or frozen, cooked in or heated up in the microwave separately. Bananas are great, strawberries, rasperries, flavored yogurts of all kinds. I've even heard of cocoa powder and a little sweetener.

I love raisins, dried cranberries and a few chopped walnuts or almonds. Chopped apricots are also wonderful!

I used to stir in chopped canned fruit like peaches are great, or applesauce is great too, just before serving until it's heated through.

Any sort of jam, or low sugar jam, or flavored syrup like vanilla or hazlenut, or a teaspoon of vanilla extract and then add some sweetener of your choice.

Friday, March 17, 2006, 4:58 AM

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I agree with above. Frozen raspberries and blueberries are my favorite!
:)

Friday, March 17, 2006, 6:54 AM

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you will develop a taste for the oatmeal and never go back. personally, i now can not stand the mushy microwave kind. it makes me cringe. i stir in all sorts of things--nuts, raisins, frozen berries, plain yogurt, dried fruit, etc. the great thing about oatmeal is that you can add all sorts of things to it. i eat it every morning and never get tired of it.

Friday, March 17, 2006, 8:28 AM

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I add fresh or frozen fruit, but sometimes I'll just add a teaspoon of Splenda Brown Sugar blend and a 1/2 tsp. or so of butter. It's worth the bit of extra fat! :)

Friday, March 17, 2006, 8:46 AM

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To 1/2 or 3/4 cup of oatmeal, I add an entire diced apple, put in tons of cinnamon and sometimes a bit of raw sugar. It's like warm apple crisp!

Friday, March 17, 2006, 9:18 AM

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Cinnamon and raisins. And the cinnamon is 0 calories. Also a few spritzes of the butter spray makes it awesome! Enjoy!

Friday, March 17, 2006, 9:19 AM

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Peanut butter and rasins! Or molasses, diced apples and cinnamon.

Friday, March 17, 2006, 9:29 AM

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we used to make oatmeal sundaes when I was a kid...here are the toppings I remember:

shredded coconut
pecans/walnuts/sunflower seeds/slicked or slivered almonds
raisins/craisins/other dried fruit
brown sugar
cinnamon
apple sauce
fresh berries
bananas
milk
cottage/farmers cheese

Friday, March 17, 2006, 10:09 AM

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peanut butter, any kind of fruit-I've eaten oatmeal for years, and I swear by it.

Friday, March 17, 2006, 12:50 PM

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I've found that soy milk helps the taste a little. I also agree with the fresh fruit and nuts. I wouldn't use canned fruits because they contain syrup/ high fructose corn syrup. They aren't great for the waistline. THINK FRESH!

Friday, March 17, 2006, 2:04 PM

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Okay, this may sound strange, but I have little coffee creamers - the INternational delights in Hazelnut flavor. I add 1 or 2 to my oatmeal... :-) Then a dash or 2 of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice... maybe a few squirts of agave nectar (low Glycemic Index)... :-) It tastes great!

Another idea-- mix in some applesauce, cinnamon & agave nectar... nuke it in the microwave-- it tastes like apple pie!

Friday, March 17, 2006, 4:36 PM

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Oh, and how about chopped dry fruits? Don't use too many, but chop up a few teaspoons of them and nuke them-- nice and fruity and you might not even need any sugar.

Friday, March 17, 2006, 4:36 PM

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Mix in a little of your favorite cereal - granola, or grape nuts, fiber one - whatever.

-Star

Friday, March 17, 2006, 7:54 PM

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I have oatmeal for breakfast every morning...it is sooo good. I don't even like the instant kind any more. I add 1 pkt of splenda along with cinnamin and sometimes I'll add a shot of vanilla extract.

Good question. I'll have to try the other suggestions posted.

Saturday, March 18, 2006, 7:55 PM

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I put honey in my oatmeal and sliced banana....tastes really good. I've also heard cooking your oatmeal in apple juice tastes really good...but of course it adds in calories.

Saturday, March 18, 2006, 9:47 PM

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My favorite way to eat oatmeal and what I suggest to my Holistic Nutrition clients: Soaked Oats..... no cooking needed and it tastes great!

Night before you take oats,nuts,raisins,dried fruit,seeds(any or all... but nuts are for protein..) top with water/milk or soymilk... if water do not refrigerate. Leave out on counter or in fridge and either eat at room temperature or heat up. It is delicious! Almonds in particular create an almond milk in water and the dried fruit gives sweetness without sugar... Try it.

Sunday, March 19, 2006, 2:22 AM

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along with the coffee creamers and a little cocoa powder and Splenda! Good stuff!

Sunday, March 19, 2006, 10:36 AM

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Freeze dried strawberries from Trader Joe's.....really good and nice if you don't have fresh strawberries on hand.

Monday, March 20, 2006, 11:46 AM

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I cook my oatmeal with 1 cup of milk instead of water, and add 1/8 cup dried sour cherries.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006, 10:12 AM

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i love adding oatmeal to my yogurt! fat free vanilla yogurt with oatmeal my favorite breakfast! and its pretty filling! you get your serving of dairy and fiber

Tuesday, March 21, 2006, 12:55 PM

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I love oatmeal and usually eat it plain, but my family has always enjoyed adding Smuckers All-Natural fruit syrup. It comes in Strawberry, Blueberry, Raspberry and I am not sure of other flavors. However it is all natural and has fewer calories than normal syrup and has a fruity taste to it!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006, 3:09 PM

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Try searching here for Oatmeal "recipes", we had a good thread going a while back.

My favorite...make it w/ low carb (less sugar) reduced fat chocolate milk, stir in peanut butter.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006, 3:29 PM

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mix in trail mix, crushed up graola bars, a caramel, chocolate chips or carob chips, some dark chocolate, crushed up cereal bars, applesauce, pudding mix

Friday, March 24, 2006, 8:15 AM

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