Gotta love a good ol’ hearty cup (or bowl) of oatmeal.
Oatmeal is so good for you!
I should probably rephrase that. Some places [like McDonald's, eh hem] can mess up a really good bowl of oats, by adding artificial flavorings, tons of sugar, and weird preservatives that are hard to pronounce. People– just stick with the good stuff! The homemade stuff.
Try to stay away from those individual packets, too. Really, I encourage you to take 20 minutes out of your Sunday and prepare a nice big vat of stove-top oatmeal, that you can eat for breakfast all week long!
Don’t make “eating healthier” your challenge; instead, set a tangible goal and take the first step.
Let me show you:
Grab your oats. We buy them in bulk. Throw in some whole flax seeds and wheat germ. The fiber will really do your body some good and will help keep you fuller, longer.
Throw into a pot on the stove and add the water and milk. Feel free to use whatever milk you would like. I don’t discriminate. But I did, I would say almond milk all the way. Maple Almond Oatmeal? Heck yes.
That was fun. Now, add the spices.
When in doubt, always add more cinnamon and/or pumpkin spice. Those are words that I live by.
Wait, those don’t look like golden raisins??!! Let’s take a closer look.
Yep. They are golden. Jumbo golden raisins, at that. Who knew?
‘Tis time to give another stir and pop on that lid to let simmer for about 20 minutes.
Serve and enjoy. But first, please indulge with a splash of milk, a dash of cinnamon, or a drop on top of maple syrup!
Pear Maple Oatmeal
4 cups of water
4 cups of soy milk (or another milk)
4 ½ cups of rolled-oats
1 ½ Tbsp wheat germ (optional)
2 Tbsp flax seeds (optional)
1 tsp pumpkin spice
2 tsp cinnamon
2-3 Tbsp Grade B pure maple syrup
2 medium pears, cored and diced
1/2 -3/4 cup golden raisins, roughly chopped
Add water, soy milk, oats, flax seed, and wheat germ, to a large sauce pan. Heat on medium high until it comes to a boil, then turn heat to low. Add pumpkin spice, cinnamon, maple syrup, pears and golden raisins to the oatmeal and mix in. Cover and let simmer on low for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally so that the bottom doesn’t burn. Enjoy with a splash of milk and a dash of cinnamon.