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Peanut Butter and Jam Oatmeal

Friday, February 12, 2010

I am pretty new to eating oatmeal in general. I always hated how "soggy" it was. But I discovered that I just have to make sure I don't add too much liquid and then I can make it nice and chewy. My favorite topping for the longest time was canned 100% pumpkin, cinnamon, ground flaxseed and sliced almonds on the side.

I was eating “pumpkin pie” oatmeal so much I got completely sick of it. I usually end up doing that with my food. I find a recipe I like and then I eat it CONSTANTLY until I never want to eat it again. Then it’s a good long while before I become obsessed again.

So I was searching the internet for what other oatmeal toppings people used. I got really inspired by a “peanut butter and jam” oatmeal I saw. I changed it up and this is what I did.

I started with oats

Then I blended a bit of banana, vanilla, stevia, and water together and poured it on top.

Microwaved it for three minutes, stirred, microwaved another three minutes.

While it was cooking I got my toppings ready.

And what I wanted on the side.

Although I changed my mind and did add the strawberries on top.

It was really tasty! Although, next time I will leave the strawberries on the side. I’m not a big of fan of meals where everything is in together. I like the different textures to stay separate and then it feels like I get more food. Instead of a spoon with yogurt, oatmeal, and fruit on it, I can take a bite of yogurt, then a bite of fruit, and then a bite of oatmeal. Dip my spoon three times instead of one, BAM, triple the food. Yeah I know, I’m a little crazy.

But it’s why I don’t like parfaits. I hate each of those things mixed together. If I eat a “parfait” each thing (yogurt, fruit, granola) is in its own bowl.

And I like any trick that makes me feel like I'm getting to eat more food!

Do you eat oatmeal? What do you top it with? I’d love new ideas!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MDTWEETY 2/15/2010 8:23PM

    Mmmmm...oatmeal!! I like to make my oatmeal on the stove the old-fashioned way. I make it with vanilla almond breeze. Same calories as skim milk but it's already sweet so I don't have to add sugar. Sometimes I put in some peanut butter and/or raisins or dried cherries. Pumkin butter or apple butter is also good in it. Love me some oatmeal! emoticon

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AUBREYINGMAN 2/13/2010 12:17PM

    I really enjoyed your plating on this dish. I think it looks pretty cool.

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DEBBIER9 2/12/2010 3:07PM

    sounds yummy thank you for sharing

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IM_GETTIN_THIN 2/12/2010 2:14PM

    mmm that is funny i am like you too in that i do not like soggy oatmeal either. i like my oatmeal with soymilk microwaved for a couple minutes. i pour just enough soymilk in that it will not be soggy and actually chewy. my favorite topping is brown sugar but not too much or some banana slices and sugar or splenda. i have not eaten oatmeal for a very long time but hope to get back to it soon. i find i am not hungry in the morning and usually just try to drink a little coffee. i am glad you found a new recipe that you like, it sounds yummy :)

Lori in new york emoticon

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DNJEN471 2/12/2010 12:59PM

    I am boring and don't put anything on my oatmeal. But maybe I will give it a try now.

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TINK9305 2/12/2010 12:13PM

    I totally agree with you on wanting "more" stuff without actually having more :o)

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REMCMFA 2/12/2010 12:10PM

    I eat oatmeal with peanut butter and a minced up apple for my recovery food after I run. Yum, heh?

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THROOPER62 2/12/2010 11:59AM

    This sounds delicious. I am addicted to peanut butter. So I am definitely trying this. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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