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1/24/13 8:39 A

I put fruit in so that it is sweetened naturally

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
1/24/13 8:00 A

I cook big batches of steel cut oats, and add any of the following while it's cooking

- replace water with unsweetened almond milk or other non-dairy milk
- add cinnamon or a variety of spices (like pumpkin pie spice, but individual ones)
- add chopped apples
- add dried fruits, chopped (you could do this after it's cooked, too)
- add pumpkin or squash (cooked, pureed, or just chopped up and cooked with the oats)

Then I divide it in serving-sized containers and refrigerate or freeze it for later

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1/24/13 7:05 A

teaspoon of syrup or honey or raisins

ADIOSALL Posts: 5,197
1/24/13 6:30 A

I love SparkRecipe "Apple-Cinnamon Slow Cooker Oatmeal"!

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1/24/13 12:25 A

Half an apple diced, half ounce raisins, half tablespoon peanut butter, and cinnamon.

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
1/23/13 7:50 P

Stuff I like adding:
Unsweetened cocoa powder and stevia and a dab of oil.
Diced apples and cinnamon and vanilla.
Walnuts, cranberries and vanilla.
Bananas, cinnamon and vanilla.


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LOOLAH Posts: 888
1/23/13 7:46 P

I used to hate oatmeal with a passion. Now I am completely obsessed! I add peanut butter and dark cocoa powder. One word: Amazing.

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1/23/13 7:16 P

Cut up fresh fruit and/or peanut butter. I love both strawberries and a banana/pb combination. Apple and pb is decent as well, though I like it better if the apple pieces are slightly cooked before adding in.

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1/23/13 4:26 P

You can put blueberries , strawberries, choco.chips, banana slices, walnuts, .Heck one day I crushed a bacon slice n syrup, that was good.

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
1/23/13 2:02 P

raisins, cinnamon, nuts, apple slices, peach slices, nutmeg, trail mix, coconut or strawberries.

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1/23/13 10:20 A

dried cherries, fat free half n half, mrs butterworths sugar free syrup

SUEK24 Posts: 1,139
1/22/13 2:04 P

Here's a cool Zone breakfast I found online many years ago. Sounds a bit different but it's delicious and prevents me from being hungry all morning , even through to a late lunch.

Mix together in a large cereal bowl and enjoy!

1 cup of cooked steel cut oatmeal (use the slow cooking kind, not the instant; it makes a big difference)
3/4 cup low fat cottage cheese
1 tablespoon natural peanut butter


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1/22/13 1:15 P

I like brown sugar the best, or maybe even a bit of maple syrup. Oh and nutmeg.

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LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 3,019
1/22/13 1:02 P

Make it with nonfat milk instead of water if you prefer a creamier texture. I also give two thumbs up to stirring in a tablespoon of a nut butter (peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, etc.) after it's cooked.

You don't have to limit your consumption of oats to oatmeal. Put them in your blender, grind them up and make them into a homemade oat flour. You can use it to make things like waffles, oatmeal pancakes, etc. I love waffles made with oat flour! You can also make baked oatmeal, homemade granola (or granola bars), etc. The sky is the limit!

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1/22/13 10:39 A

Frozen berries and vanilla almond milk!

Or peanutbutter, cinnamon and bananas!

Or canned pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and honey!

JENMC14 Posts: 2,766
1/22/13 10:35 A

I add vanilla and cinnamon, apple pie or pumpkin pie spice. Sometimes 1 tsp. of brown sugar or some Splenda. I also like maple syrup (I use a sugar free version, but I know that's not for everyone). I also like to add 2 egg whites after cooking, whipped in really good, for a custardy texture that adds protein. Fruit and Greek yogurt are also great additions. You could also mix in granola and/or nuts.

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1/22/13 10:32 A

Add almonds and raisins.

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1/22/13 10:30 A


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1/22/13 10:11 A

You can sweeten it up with your preferred sweetener, you can add all sorts of fruit and nuts to it, you can do a lot with oatmeal. I'm not a huge fan of oatmeal so I make oatmeal banana pancakes.

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-POOKIE- Posts: 12,606
1/22/13 10:10 A

Un-sweetened cocoa in the oats before cooking, mix in then cook as normal and then add a little sweetener of choice, something healthier like a mashed banana, blackstrap molasses or honey.

Peanut or other nut butters on top are delicious as well.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
1/22/13 10:01 A

Add cinnamon. Add different extracts. Maybe some honey or other sweetner. Add some dates.

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1/22/13 9:58 A

I just started having oatmeal for breakfast and I would like suggestion on making it taste better but still healthy for you too. Thanks

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