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Oatmeal: Breakfast of Champions

What's your opinion on oatmeal? I regard it very highly. By now I'm sure you don't need me to extol its virtues--your doctor and your mama have probably been trying to sell you on oats since childhood. Everyone knows it's great for lowering cholesterol, has tons of fiber and reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. But the more I eat it--which is every morning lately--the more I realize how incredibly delicious and totally versatile it is. 

Lately, I've been topping mine with a tablespoon of peanut or almond butter, a touch of brown sugar and a sprinkle of both sunflower and chia seeds. It is crazy delicious and tides me over till lunch far better than any sad little cold cereal ever did. But it's getting a bit monotonous, so I thought I'd brainstorm a few other delicious combos like...

* mashed bananas * brown sugar * crushed pecans
* blueberries * slivered almonds
* pumpkin * maple syrup * cinnamon
* vanilla soy milk * cinnamon * dried cherries
*granola * shredded coconut * dried cranberries
* dollop of yogurt * sliced strawberries * slivered almonds
* cocoa powder * peanut butter chips
* chai tea * cardamom
*chocolate chips * peanut butter * crushed pecans
* sliced apples * walnuts * pumpkin pie spice
* raspberries * blueberries * almonds
* dried apricots * honey * vanilla soy milk
* maple syrup * bananas

Think I like oatmeal? You ain't seen nothing yet. Check out this awesome"tribute to oatmeal". I just looked it over, and I can't wait for morning!


  1. Ohh...oatmeal with peanut butter and brown sugar sounds perfect for the cold and dreary mornings. Can't wait to try it tomorrow!

  2. Yum! I haven't had oatmeal in years. This makes me want some. Great blog, by the way! I used to live in NYC and miss it very much!

  3. Chai tea and cardamom sounds so good! What a great list. I'm sending this to my sister who ADORES oatmeal. Thanks for sharing, my friend. The all sound scrumptious. Many blessings to you and yours!

  4. I do enjoy oatmeal! I'm more of a hot savory oatmeal for dinner and an overnight oats for breakfast fan. And you're totally right- you can mix up the bowls and come up with SUCH different creations. Hope you have a good one :)

  5. OMG! All your wonderful combos put my plain blueberries and oatmeal to shame. Love the tribute...I gotta get crackin on trying some of these beauties! As always, thank you Jenn for spicing up my world... and now my breakfast!

  6. When I make oatmeal, I make it savory - I mix in 1 ounce of cheddar cheese, hot sauce, and then top it with Pam "fried" egg whites - its so good!

  7. Oatmeal really is the best! I love that you can pretty much make it taste like anything! :) It can be a super-tasty breakfast dessert or it can be more savory. So good!

  8. i looove oatmeal!! with fresh fruit is y favorite <3 . i think i'm going to go make a bowl right now! great post ..greetings from canada

  9. It's after dinner. And now I want oatmeal. :)