Fun Ways to Spice Up Your Oatmeal

There are a few different ways to prepare oatmeal: 1) the standard way: on the stove or in the microwave, 2) baking, 3) preparing it at night and chilling it in the refrigerator overnight. I recently had baked oatmeal while out to breakfast earlier this week, but I have yet to bake it myself. Baking would be a great weekly meal prep method because you would make a large batch and store it in air-tight containers for the week (each container being 1 serving). Each morning you can either reheat the oatmeal and have it as you would if you had just prepared it or have it chilled in an overnight oats fashion. Whichever way you decide to eat your oats, you can guarantee you can make it delicious!

Fall Style Morning Oats

Morning oats are oats prepared the standard way, and I have Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal done two ways for this Fall season: with banana and with apple.

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Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal with Banana:

  1. Cook 1/3 c organic rolled oats on the stove or in the microwave
  2. Add in 1 tbsp organic peanut butter and 1 tsp of cacao (can omit), stir
  3. Add in a touch of milk (I like Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk), stir
  4. Add pumpkin spice and liquid stevia to taste, stir
  5. Slice and add banana

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Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal with Apple:

  1. Cook 1/3 c organic rolled oats on the stove or in the microwave
  2. Add in 1 tbsp organic peanut butter and 1 tsp of cacao (can omit), stir
  3. Add in a touch of milk (I like Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk), stir
  4. Add pumpkin spice and liquid stevia to taste, stir
  5. Add in apple chunks, fold into oatmeal
  6. Reheat oatmeal for roughly 20 seconds to heat up the apples

Overnight Oats

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To make overnight oats, simply cook your oatmeal as you like the night before and chill in an air-tight container overnight. I suggest keeping the oatmeal pretty simple. For example, I would cook my oatmeal and only add some cinnamon, stevia, and maybe a dash of almond milk depending on the texture. In the morning, dish out your oatmeal and top with greek yogurt and fresh fruit. That’s it! You can dress your oatmeal as you like, but I highly recommend greek yogurt and fruit; it is so refreshing!

Oats are a great breakfast food for a variety of reasons. The health benefits include: controlling asthma in children, increasing appetite-control hormones, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes, improving insulin sensitivity, lowering bad cholesterol, and controlling blood pressure. For more information you can visit this link to the whole grain council. Oats are also a gluten free food and help boost nutrition for those who follow a gluten free diet. *If you’re a smoothie drinker you can also add rolled oats (dry and uncooked) to your smoothies!

Get creative with your oatmeal and add in your favorite foods, flavors, spread, and fruits. The possibilities are endless, you just have to explore!

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