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My Oatmeal Troubles

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I have been having oatmeal for breakfast every morning these last couple of weeks, except for a few mornings where I had cereal instead because I have been trying to perfect Angela’s vegan overnight oats.

If you haven’t read her blog Oh She Glows, check it out here ohsheglows.com/ I have linked to her green monster website greenmonstermovem
before, but I don’t know if I have mentioned her blog. She comes up with some great recipes!

Her vegan overnight oats pictures are totally drool-worthy, but I just don’t like mushy oats. That recipe is here: ohsheglows.com/2010/04/

I wanted a chocolate version, so I used the idea from this blog (scroll down) ohsheglows.com/2010/04/
But I just added my usual pea protein and then cocoa powder.

Since these are overnight oats, you're supposed to mix everything together and let it sit overnight. The oats are supposed to soak up the liquid and be YUMMY! It is a way to enjoy oatmeal during the summer since you eat it cold.

My first attempt I lowered the liquid from 1 cup to 3/4 cup. It was oatmeal soup in the morning!

I cut it back again to 2/3 cup. Still soup!

I figured if I was going to keep posting about my troubles, I should really post some pictures so you can all understand what I’m talking about!

So first, is the oatmeal that I have been having lately. I make it in the mornings an cook for about 4-6 minutes. It looks disgusting (as do green monsters!) but tastes amazing (just like green monsters!)

This recipe took me awhile to perfect as well. The first time I made it was a TOTAL fail.

I think the cocoa powder burnt. All I know is it was the worst smell in the entire world and took forever to leave the apartment!

When I made it again I used 1/3 cup of regular oats and half of a green monster.

My chocolate green monster recipe is here: www.sparkpeople.com/myp
) But I left the cocoa and protein powders out (I don’t know which one doesn’t like being heated, but I wasn’t taking any chances!)

Then I added the powders…

…and just mixed them in.

Then I top with a nut butter. I had never tried almond butter before, so I got a packet of Justin’s almond butter at New Seasons. It was tasty.

But I think peanut butter will continue to be my absolute favorite!!

So basically I like oatmeal that is more like oats in a thick pudding versus oats in milk. I want thick and chewy, not liquidy and mushy.

How do you like your oatmeal? What toppings do you enjoy?
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    I eat oatmeal 3-4 times a week, with just some Equal. I love plan oatmeal, I really do not like adding stuff to it. And the funny thing is I am usually big on adding things to food.
    2890 days ago
    I eat oatmeal every day in winter . My recipe is simple. I USE 1/3 Cup Old FAshioned oats.
    1/3 cup unsweetened Apple juice
    1/3 cup water
    Microwave on high in a microwave pan for 3 minutes Mine never boils over but watch it since I do have the perfect pan for this.
    Out of the over 1 add 2 tablespoons milled flax seed and since I am diabetic and want protein with every meal i use 1/4 cup of cottage cheese added to the mix.
    Some days i eat it with 25 raisins, or 4 big strawberroies or half a banana.
    Thats my Oatmeal and i do love it.
    Pat in Maine. Grew up in England where we call this Porridge!
    2892 days ago
    I really don't like oatmeal. But this one was tasty with bananas in it.
    2894 days ago
  • DNJEN471
    I so love almond butter!
    2894 days ago
    I just like oatmeal. I like old fashioned oats the best. Raisins and brown sugar, or, butter and nuts, or sugar, or just about anyway. :)
    2894 days ago
  • *AMBER512
    So an update:

    I just looked at them now (after 1 pm) and they are they perfect consistency. So maybe I just need to make my overnight oats WAY in advance to give it time to soak up all of the liquid?
    2894 days ago
    I use quick cooking oatmeal - 1/2 cup and 1/3 cup dried cranberries and a scant cup of water (about 7/8 cup) and nuke it for about 4 minutes. I let it cool somewhat and then eat it plain. Since the dried cranberries have sugar added, I don't add any to it, also no milk in it, drink the milk on the side. Next time I buy oats will try old-fashioned the same way. Not sure where to find steel-cut oats in Montana, but sure not around where I live...
    2894 days ago
    I like mine runny. :-)
    2894 days ago
  • SHELLEY202
    I also like the refrigerator oatmeal (and like you, I prefer it to be a little thicker). However, I've found that I still have to pop it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds to heat it just a tad or it's just too cold for me to eat.

    I like just a little bit of brown sugar or maple syrup, or a little agave syrup with non-fat milk. Some dried cranberries also make a great topping.
    2894 days ago
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