Oatmeal - back to the basics

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It's my fav. 

Here's the base of almost all of the oatmeal I ever make. I stick with this simple recipe most of the time unless I'm feeling crazy and want to try out a new recipe every once in a while -- for like baked oats or something. For a few years now, I have been making egg white oatmeal. Adding egg whites into your oatmeal as they cook is such a great way to sneak in some protein without you even tasting a difference. Don't worry, it's not like you'll have scrambled eggs in your bowl of oatmeal :) If you are completely opposed to adding egg whites into your oatmeal, feel free to leave it out and cook the oats as you would normally.

Two ways you can make it: Microwave or stovetop. I'll include directions for both below.

I hope you'll enjoy a more spiced-up bowl of your normal oatmeal from now on! If you get sick of doing it one way with the same old topping(s) everyday, switch it up! Keep life interesting and top it with a new nut butter or fruit. No need to get sick of a beautiful thing. Variety is the spice of life they say. 

As you might already know (or you will soon find out if not), the extent of my life's excitement is changing the nut butter on top of my oatmeal. I seriously get so excited about this. It should be embarrassing, but I embrace my strangeness and let the world know my deep nut butter love. It's a real thing.

Recipe: Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1/3-1/2 cup quick oats for microwave or rolled oats for stovetop
  • 1/3 cup liquid egg whites
  • 2/3-1 cup liquid, depending on how much oats you use (any kind of milk or water) 
  • 1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (so many health benefits, but you can omit)
  • Cinnamon (I dump in cinnamon because I'm a cinnamon addict, but I'd say maybe start with 1/2 tsp)
  • Splashes of vanilla and maple extracts
  • Sweetener of choice (honey, stevia, stevia drops, brown sugar, agave, maple syrup, coconut sugar, etc.)
  • **Toppings of choice (highly suggest a nut butter + fruit of some sort!)

Directions: Microwave:

  1. Mix the oats and liquid in a bowl with a dash of cinnamon.
  2. Microwave until most but not all of the liquid is absorbed.
  3. Take the bowl out and mix in egg whites and extracts.
  4. Microwave in 15-30 second intervals depending on your microwave, stirring in between, until all the liquid is absorbed and it’s thickened to your liking. 
  5. Add in more cinnamon (In my case – dump more in), sweetener (my favorite is English toffee stevia drops, 8-10 drops)
  6. Then the BEST part: Top with all the goods! Banana and some type of nut butter is a usual combo for me.**

Directions: Stovetop:

  1.  In a small saucepan, add in the liquid and rolled oats and bring to a slight boil. 
  2. Turn the heat down to medium-low. Wait a couple minutes to let the oats thicken a bit.
  3. Add in the extracts and liquid egg whites. Stir pretty quickly and constantly at first until the oats have absorbed the liquid and it's thickened to your liking. Stir in collagen peptides.
  4. Turn off the heat.
  5. Add in the cinnamon and sweetener of choice. 
  6. Have fun with the toppings!**  One of my favorites is banana, frozen blueberries (ours are from Michigan...we buy a ton in the summer and freeze them so we can have them during the year! So tasty!), and some kind of peanut butter.

**Topping Ideas: Banana, frozen blueberries, fresh berries, pomegranates, granola, peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower seed butter, cashew butter, dark chocolate chips, vanilla greek yogurt, chia seeds, hemp seeds, trail mix, walnuts, chopped almonds, sautéed apples or pears or bananas in coconut oil and coconut sugar...the list is never ending.