Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Flavouring Oatmeal

There is nothing better than a bowl of steaming hot oatmeal on a winter's morning. It is warming and filling and incredibly good for your health. However, to be perfectly honest, oatmeal can get really boring, really quick. Instead of switching to something else for breakfast (since it really is a superfood, healthwise), switch up your oatmeal instead. Add in one or more of the following suggestions:

Sprinkle on top

  • brown sugar
  • a smidgen of finely grated dark chocolate - for the antioxidants, of course ;)
  • chopped toasted almonds or walnuts
  • chopped dried fruit (apples, apricots, dates)
  • spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger)

Swirl in

  • frozen berries (a great tip for kids, as this cools down the oatmeal)
  • stewed apples or apricots
  • maple syrup
  • mashed banana

Infuse the milk

  • Tie whole spices (such as star anise, cloves, cinnamon and cardomom) in cheesecloth and steep in hot milk for about 30 minutes. Use this milk to make up the oatmeal
  • Steep finely grated orange peel in hot milk for 30 minutes

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Kalee said...

I love some of these ideas. We always just do maple syrup and brown sugar, but I think the dark chocolate would be great!

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