All about Oats!

I noticed that I don’t do very many breakfast posts on this blog.  It isn’t because I don’t eat breakfast, but rather because I eat very similar breakfasts everyday.  On the weekends, when I have more time to make a breakfast, I usually end up sleeping in and then wanting lunch when I get up (I would always choose lunch over breakfast).  Today I woke up early (10) and decided that I felt like oatmeal.

My first year of working, I always ate those oatmeal packets at my desk but since I have started reading various blogs, I have realized that there is a lot more to oatmeal and I have never gone back to the sugary packets.  As I have mentioned before, Kath’s is the first blog I read that talked about oats and overnight oats, and led me to try various kinds.  After I had tried overnight oats, I ate them for probably 3 months straight, everyday.  They are that good!  Today I made cooked oats, so I figured I would give you the recipe for both.  One thing that I really like about oats is that the variations are endless, so you really ever feel like you are eating the same thing everyday.  And they are super filling, this breakfast keeps me full longer than any other breakfast that I eat.

Chocolate Pumpkin Oats:

1/3 cup oats

1/3 cup milk (or non dairy milk)

1/3 cup water

1/2 cup pumpkin

3/4 scoop protein powder

2 t cocoa powder

Pinch of brown sugar

Pinch of salt

Dash of vanilla

Whatever toppings you would like!  I used 1/2 banana and a spoonful of peanut butter.

Combine the oats, milk, water in a pan and heat over low-medium heat.  Add the salt, vanilla and brown sugar.  The oats will start to pop and bubble, so make sure to stir them quite a bit.

After a few minutes, I add in pumpkin and continue to cook until the mixture is heated thoroughly.  You don’t have to add pumpkin, but I like to add it because it gives a lot of bulk for not many calories.  After I turned the stove off,  add the protein and cocoa powder.  Then serve!

I like adding a banana on top, but I know some people like to mash bananas into their oatmeal for extra creaminess.  You can never go wrong with a spoonful of peanut butter on top too.  Especially White Chocolate Wonderful.  I just bought the jar this week at Target and have already eaten way more than I would like to think about.  It is SO good!!

Dad, I think I’ve got your father’s day present just about wrapped up!   (My dad thinks that when he was a kid his neighbor, Mrs. Bruelle tried to poison him with white chocolate so he won’t eat it).  MWAHAHHAHA.

I actually like overnight oats more than I like cooked oats.  I find that I eat them more in the summer because you eat them cold!  You basically combine oats + liquid (I use almond milk usually) overnight so that the liquid soaks into the oats and ‘cooks’ them.   You can see Kath’s explanation here.  I normally just use milk and not yogurt, although I think yogurt would make them a bit thicker which would probably be good.   I usually use about 1/2-3/4 cup milk.   My favorite kind is chocolate banana overnight oats (see a pattern here, I like chocolate!).

Chocolate Banana Overnight Oats

1/3 cup oats

3/4 cup Chocolate Soy Slender (my fav kind of soy milk)

In the AM add a banana and a spoonful of PB.   Lately I haven’t been able to find soy slender so I have been using vanilla almond milk and adding about 1/2-3/4 scoop of chocolate protein powder.  This also helps add some protein to a breakfast that wouldn’t have much without.

If you aren’t a huge breakfast eater, I still would suggest giving these a try because as you know breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  These oat mixes are super easy and are great since you can really play around and add anything you like!  They might have more calories than you are used to eating for breakfast, but they honestly keep you full for hours so they end up being worth it.  I just ate my bowl of chocolate pumpkin oats as I was writing this post and could barely finish it… I managed though.

Off to the gym, happy Saturday!

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