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I'm not a huge fan of plain oatmeal. Sometimes I mix in a little Splenda and skim milk and that tastes pretty good. How do you eat your oatmeal? I'm looking for variations to try. Thanks.
Wed. Nov 16, 10:05am
I like adding cinnamon and diced apples, it's yummy w/ bananas too
Wednesday, November 16, 2005, 10:09 AM
Honey and bananas. mmmmmm.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005, 10:12 AM
I really like the walnut raisin types of instant oatmeal, and it's even better if you put in raisins if you make it from scratch because they get plump and juicy. Lots of iron too. Add some brown sugar or maple syrup and it's delicious!
Wednesday, November 16, 2005, 10:30 AM
Make sure you get oatmeal that is "slow-cooked". That instant kind spikes up your insulin and has a high glycemic content.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005, 10:31 AM
Steel cut oatmeal is really good with cinnamon and raisins. It's better for you too.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005, 10:57 AM
There's a boxed kind, with the little packets, boxed as "weight control" oatmeal; I don't know exactly what's different about it except that it has more protein and fiber. The Cinnamon Sugar flavor is yummy! One packet with some fruit, and I'm full until lunchtime! And it's only 140 cals.
Otherwise, I like plain (uncooked) rolled oats mixed with low-carb yogurt (I like blueberry or vanilla) and a sliced banana, or some other fruits
Wednesday, November 16, 2005, 11:22 AM
how long do you have to cook "slow cooked" oatmeal?
Wednesday, November 16, 2005, 3:39 PM
slow cooked oatmeal takes 20 minutes
I like peanut butter in mine
Wednesday, November 16, 2005, 4:23 PM
So the oatmeal I eat comes in a huge package and I scoop out half a cup then add water and nuke it for 3min. That's the bad oatmeal???
Wednesday, November 16, 2005, 6:44 PM
I add a whole apple, 1 tbls raisins, dash of cinnamon, about 12 almonds and a sprinkle of spenda or sugar twin brown sugar to my oatmeal while it's cooking. I top it off with just a 1/4 or less of non-fat milk.
I find that this is very filling and I can make 2 breakfasts out of it.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005, 10:57 PM
I make my own packets for the week, baggy them up individually. When I'm at work, I pour it in a bowl, add enough water to just cover, and nuke for about 2 minutes, it is really delicious. My favorite version is 'old fashioned' oats, handful of walnuts and dried cherries, some cinnamon, nutmeg and splenda. You can vary this with fruits and nuts of your choice. Everyone at work comments on how yummy it smells. I also oftem cook a big batch of steel cut oats, and dish some out to take in daily, adding the same ingredients. (PS cinnamon helps lower blood sugar, cherries are anti-inflammatory)
Thursday, November 17, 2005, 12:37 AM
one packet of hot chocolate when you microwave it- to die for!
Thursday, November 17, 2005, 8:31 AM
I'll have to try that hot chocolate!
I've been stirring in 1 tablespoon of pumpkin butter. It's low cal, low sugar and it tastes like pumpkin pie. :)
Thursday, November 17, 2005, 8:44 AM
Strawberry shortcake whole grain oatmeal
1/2 C steel cut oats
1 C water (or whatever your pkg says)
1/2 C fresh or frozen strawberries (defrost in microwave)
1/4 C non-fat yoghurt
drizzle with dark amber maple syrup
Thursday, November 17, 2005, 8:54 AM
If you would like to try something unusual, then you may want to consider oat groats porridge. Soak about a cup of whole oats in three cups of water, 1/2 cup of yogurt and 1/4 tsp, of salt overnight. In the morning, cook entire contents on the stovetop for 15 minutes. Add more water if it becomes too dry. Stir often. There will be about three or four servings. The extra keeps in the fridge for 4-5 days. Groats have a higher nutritional value than rolled oats.
Thursday, November 17, 2005, 9:49 AM
on monday morning i put oats, cut up apple, milk, cinnamon, ginger, and ground cloves in the rice cooker. i turn it on and when i get back from walking the dog i have a pot of oatmeal for the week.
Thursday, November 17, 2005, 10:08 AM
I think it's the instant kind that wouldn't be recommended. That wouldn't involve cooking at all: just adding boiling water. It sounds like you're using regular rolled oats, which are great, though steel cut might be even better (also more expensive).
Here's what I add to my oatmeal every day:
1 T. each raisins, chopped walnuts, and ground flaxseed
1 t. each Splenda, brown sugar, and flax oil
1/2 t. cinnamon
I've been setting up about 3 days' worth of the toppings at a time, so I don't have to do all that fussing with measuring spoons every morning. Both the oatmeal and the cinnamon are supposed to be good for cholesterol (blood sugar, too, I think). I got a surprisingly high cholesterol report a couple of months ago; I guess I should get it checked again to see if it's had an effect.
Thursday, November 17, 2005, 11:21 AM
Bananas are great. We also add chopped walnuts, raisins, and diced apples for a really delicious taste. These items also work well in oatbran.
Thursday, November 17, 2005, 1:35 PM
I mash up a banana to a puree and add it to the oatmeal after it's cooked. THEN I throw in maybe 4 or 5 chocolate chips. They melt, and that's plenty. Tastes like banana bread with chocolate. Sooo good.
Wednesday, December 28, 2005, 11:28 AM
I don't like oatmeal either, but I love Scottish oatmeal. I mix it with vanilla soy milk, banana, and 1 T peanut butter. This satisfies me until lunch time.
Wednesday, December 28, 2005, 11:39 AM
That hot chocolate oatmeal sounds divine. I like to put molassas in my oatmeal - gives it a shot of iron and it's not too sweet. Add some diced apples and rasins as others have suggested. I also like peanut butter in my oatmeal. Swirl it in while the oats are hot.
Wednesday, December 28, 2005, 8:44 PM
My whole family loves rolled oats. I cook with cinanamon and apple and then add blueberries at the last minutes. As soon as those are heated through I add toasted pecans, walnuts, or almonds - and then a little sweetener and skim.
Thursday, December 29, 2005, 2:53 AM
Oatmeal Scone & Muffin Recipes
Some Weight Watchers/Cooking Light recipes:
6 servings, 3 pt each or 12 muffins 1-1/2 pt each
2 cup instant oats
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup skim milk
1 whole egg plus 1 egg white (or 1/4 c. egg substitute)
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
Mix oatmeal and baking powder. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour into sprayed 9" pie pan or casserole dish or sprayed muffin tins. Bake for 45 minutes at 350°.
servings | 4
estimated POINTS per serving | 2
2/3 cup(s) uncooked oatmeal
1/3 cup(s) Bisquik reduced-fat baking mix
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 cup(s) fat-free (skim) milk
1/2 cup(s) blueberries
Combine first 5 ingredients. Fold in berries. Form into 4 mounds and bake on PAM - sprayed baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.
3/4 Cup Quick Cooking Oats
1/2 Cup All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 tablespoons Packed Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Skim Milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/4 Cup Confectioners Sugar
1 teaspoon Water
1-2 drops Almond Extract
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix the scone ingredients together with a spoon. Spray an 8" round pie plate with butter flavored cooking spray. Divide the dough mixture into 4 mounds (a little over 1/4 cup each) and place into the pie plate. The dough will be slightly runny and may start to run together. Once baked though, you will still be able to see where to cut the scones apart. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until firm. Allow to cool. In a small bowl mix the ingredients for the icing together. Drizzle evenly over each scone.
OATMEAL SHORTCAKES (I liked these b/c they aren't too sweet)
servings | 8
POINTS per serving | 2
2 cup Bisquick Reduced-Fat Baking Mix
1/3 cup uncooked quick oats
1/2 cup fat-free milk
3 Tbsp Sugar Twin Calorie free sweetener
1 Tbsp I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Fat-Free Margarine, melted
1. Heat oven to 425F. Mix Bisquick, oats, brown sugar, milk and butter until soft dough forms.
2. Drop dough by 8 spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with additional brown sugar and oats if desired.
3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown. Split warm shortcakes; fill and top with filling.
OVERNIGHT OATMEAL MUFFINS
The buttermilk and oats soak together overnight, which gives these muffins a creamy texture. You can use any dried fruit in place of the blueberries -- or none at all.
1 cup regular oats
2 cups low-fat buttermilk
1 2/3 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2/3 cup dried blueberries
1. Combine oats and buttermilk in a medium bowl; cover and refrigerate overnight.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
3. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Place buttermilk mixture, flour, and next 6 ingredients (flour through eggs) in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Fold in blueberries.
4. Spoon 1/4 cup batter into each of 24 muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched lightly in center. Remove muffins from pans immediately; place on a wire rack.
CALORIES 105 (19% from fat); FAT 2.2g (sat 0.5g, mono 0.6g, poly 0.9g); PROTEIN 3.1g; CARB 19.4g; FIBER 1.7g; CHOL 19mg; IRON 0.9mg; SODIUM 201mg; CALC 49mg
YIELD: 24 servings (serving size: 1 muffin = 2pts)
Thursday, December 29, 2005, 9:33 AM
from Calorie King.com:
'Granola' Oatmeal Cereal -- so, so good. Click the link below for the recipe:
Thursday, December 29, 2005, 11:24 AM
at this time of year i add a little lite egg nog to my steel cut oats with ground ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, ground cloves, and raisins...mmmm
Thursday, December 29, 2005, 12:31 PM
I make old fashioned oats and add 1/4 cup of plain yogurt, cinnamon (I just bought some really wonderful cinnamon from Penzey's) and a sprinkling of dried fruit. Really good and really fills me up until lunch.
Friday, December 30, 2005, 11:54 AM
Wow, I didn't know that the instant kind were not as good for you.....
I've been using them as a quick and easy breakfast at work (we have a steaming water tap, so it doesn't take any time to cook)... I also use the instant kind when backpacking as a quick and easy breakfast with no fuss, no muss-- you can basically pour the boiling water right into the envelope and eat-- that way, you only need to clean a spoon!
Okay, I know that this may sound weird as an addition to oats,
but I have the little single serving coffeemate creamers... I like the hazelnut kind. I will add 1 little creamer to my instant oats, for a little hint of nuttiness, cream and sweetness.... I checked and there are very few calories in 1 cream packet... I figure it at leasts gives plain oats a bit of a flavor so that I don't get bored of it....
I will also occasionally add some dried fruit or raisins (maybe about a tsp. to help with flavor as well... :-)
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