>The Great Oatmeal Post

>     So, as you may or may not know, oatmeal and I kind of have a thing going on on the side. As in, we may or may not be involved in a torrid love affair. Over the years I’ve perfected my oatmeal skills to the point where I have several different variations in rotation, and I pretty much eat it for breakfast…. everyday. I may eat something different for breakfast once every 2 months. No joke. I love it that much.
The first step to making a delectable bowl of oatmeal is to select what oats I am going to use for the day. This is my current line-up that I will probably stick with for quite some time:

From left: Steel Cut Oats, Multigrain Hot Cereal, TJ’s Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats

     Typically, I stick with the Multigrain or Quick Steel Cut Oats on the days that I work because, well, it’s faster! (yet still delicious) On days when I don’t work (like today), I usually stick out the 20 minutes it takes to cook up the Irish Style Steel Cut Oats.

     After I’ve selected my desired oats, I start cooking! To a pot I add 1/2 cup milk and enough water the make up the rest of the required liquid in the directions. I bring it to a nice boil and then add my oats… unless I’m making the Multigrain oats, in which case I boil them up with the liquid. Next, I reduce the heat to either medium or medium-low, depending on the directions on the canister. 
     As my oats are cooking up, I get my day’s oatmeal additions ready. Everyday, I select two types of additions: 1-2 produce additions and one nutritional boost addition. Typical produce choices: blueberries, apple, canned pumpkin, pomegranate arils, cranberries. Typical nutritional boosts: flaxseed meal, wheat germ, nut butter, peanut flour. If I’m using a frozen addition (typically, my berries are frozen), I’ll add it right before I take the oats off the stove. Everything else, I combine in my serving bowl and sprinkle with cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg. (If I’m using cranberries, I cook them with the oats and add allspice to the bowl as well)
Cranberries in oats
Apples & Peanut Butter
Flaxseed Meal & Spices
Oats w/Pumpkin, Blueberries & Peanut Flour

….That took entirely too long to format haha

     Once the oats are cooked up, I remove them from heat, and cover for about a minute. Then, I scrape them out on top of my mix-ins. 
Then, I simply stir and enjoy!
Blueberry, Pumpkin, Peanut flour
Pumpkin, Peanut Flour
Apples, Peanut Butter
Cranberry, Pomegranate, Flaxseed Meal
Clearly I’ve given up on formatting this thing haha

And there you have it! Each bowl is a perfectly delicious, nutritious start to each and every day! 
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