Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Oatmeal Post

There are no words to describe a warm bowl of oatmeal in the morning. No words. Except maybe a long drawn out yummmmmm.

I am obsessed with oatmeal. Its my breakfast everyday without fail. And lately this addiction has been getting pretty strong. I have an entire stash of products that are solely used as oatmeal toppings, mix ins, and flavourings. I browse the web for different flavour combinations. I even DREAM about oatmeal (well, not really haha).

This post will be solely dedicated to all things oatmeal. This is an expression of my profound love for the creamy warm breakfast cereal.

First of all the stash... aren't you curious?

In the mix I have:

regular large flake rolled oats (my usual)
Mountain Path organic 7 grain oats
dried pear
dried peaches
dried blueberries
dried apricots
goji berries
dried cherries
roasted and raw cashews
pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
sesame seeds
macadamia nuts
carob chips
bakers chocolate
flax seed meal
canned pumpkin
pumpkin pie spice (homemade w/ ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg)
vanilla agave nectar
soy nut butter
sunflower seed butter
cocoa powder
maple syrup*
maple sugar*
Bob's Red Mill 10 Grain Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal*
homemade cashew milk*
stevia powder packets*
coconut milk*
brown rice*
vanilla extract (I just ran out)*

The combinations are utterly endless. There are so many more flavours and add ins and toppers out there that I have yet to try.

Im constantly picking up new ingredients that pique my curiosity. Another trip the the Bulk Barn is in order for the coming week.

But right now, here are some flavours that Ive already tried in the past.

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal with Pecans of Pumpkin Seeds

Cinnamon Spice Oatmeal with Dried Blueberries, Macadamia Nuts, and Sunflower Seed Butter

Chocolate Oatmeal with Dried Cherries and Pistachios

Nutella Oatmeal (chocolate oats with hazelnuts)
Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal with Almonds
Mango Coconut Oatmeal and Pistachios (Ive added Goji Berries to this combo too.)
Apple Pie Oats (cinnamon/vanilla oats with dried apples, raisins, and almonds)
Maple Walnut Oatmeal with Raisins
Banana Coconut Oats with Crushed Chocolate Graham Crackers
Pear Crisp Oatmeal (fresh pear, cinnamon, vanilla, almonds, and maple sugar)
Gingerbread Oatmeal with Dried Pear and Almonds
Carrot Cake Oatmeal with Raisins, Pineapple, and Walnuts
Pumpkin Carob Chip Oatmeal with Raisins

Ive tried a number of others but there are so many I cant keep track! As for the latest installement (aka this mornings breakfast)...

Dried Pear and Pumpkin Pie Spice Oats with a Chocolate Pretzel Fudge Baby, Toasted Cashews and Pumpkin-Soynut Butter Spread

The Pumpkin-Nut butter combo is one of my new favourite treats. Just 2 teas
poons of your favourite nut butter and 1 tablespoon or pumpkin puree mixed together. And those Fudge Babies! I have to thank Chocolate Covered Katie for those! I opt to make them with cashews rather than walnuts though, but thats another post.

Back to the oatmeal, not only are there five bajillion different flavour combinations to keep things interesting, theres also a ton of ways to prepare it for different textures! Here are a few of them:

The Norm: Boil water, then add oats. Leaves them chewy and give lots of texture.
The Norm 2: Add oats and water and boil together. More creamy, less texture.
Voluminous Oats CCK Style
Baked Oats: Cook oats as usual, then pour into a oven safe dish and bake until the top is golden brown. (Havent tried this yet, but looking forward to it!)

Ive also been know to experiment with grains OTHER than oats. You can find my breakfast rice pudding recipes here and here. And barley is on my to do list as well as sweet short grain mochi rice.

Well, thats all for now, but I promise many more oatmeal in the near future. In the meantime... why not have some oatmeal?!

1 comment:

Lucie said...

you are gorgeous - and im glad we share out love of vegan foods (isnt agave nectar just YUM?)