Wednesday, September 24, 2008

No sugar added Cozy Fruit Oatmeal

Oatmeal is quite possibly my favorite breakfast, especially when the weather starts to cool off. It's warmer and more personal than a bowl of cold cereal, and it's lighter (and easier) than other standard breakfast fare (that i also love)- greasy bacon with eggs, omelets stuffed with cheese, waffles drenched in butter and maple syrup.

But a bowl of oats is my friend and should be yours too. Here's the way I've been making it lately. It is just sweet enough (thanks to the banana) and packed with the best seasonal fruit.

No sugar added Cozy Fruit Oatmeal
makes one large serving

1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup milk

1/2 very ripe banana, quartered lengthwise then sliced thinly into the bowl
Optional add ins- splash of vanilla, dash of cinnamon, or a grating of nutmeg

Combine the above ingredients in a deep bowl and microwave for about 3 minutes (depends on your microwave, just keep an eye on it the first time). You may want to put a plate under the bowl because it bubbles over sometimes. While that cooks, prepare the following...

1/2 - 1 whole peach, sliced and chopped into bite sized pieces
1 handful berries (I usually use a frozen mixed bag from Costco)

1 tablespoon chopped walnuts

Take oatmeal out of microwave and stir vigorously for a couple of seconds. The banana should be all melty and delicious in your oatmeal. Dump the fruit on top and stir in. Top with more milk or a drizzle of cream. I love soy milk on top of mine but keep in mind that some poor sugar cane was murdered and evaporated in the making of the soy milk.

Pears would be good also. Raisins and other dried fruit are always tasty. Bananas, apples, cinnamon, and peanut butter would be a winning combination. Or try a bit of cocoa powder with berries and some brown sugar.

In other news, I have a really, really cute babe.

Me: Okay, turn your head on more of a slant...
[eden turns her head in a slant]
Me: Now, make a fist. Slowly ease it up underneath your chin.
[she slowly eases her fist underneath her chin]
Me: This is looking really good.
You can say that again.
[Mimi acknowledges]
Me: Kay, hold still right there. Now, just imagine you're weightless, in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by tiny little seahorses.

Name that movie!


Casey said...

You surely do have a cute baby. Wow she is cute! And isn't it napoleon dynamite? I haven't seen that in forever!

sita325 said...

haha! this just cracked me and my hubby up! .. she is sooo adorable! :)

and yes, i agree, it is napoleon dynamite..

Pound said...

she is cute!! is this what you were talking about when you were talking about taking pics of babies? :P

Kimberly said...

why yes, she is perfectly precious, and that oatmeal...YUM!

Lately I've been into "Coach's Oats" (also from Costco). Super quick (3 minutes), nutty, and when you add in the fresh fruits and pecans liek i do - WOW!

kelly mccaleb said...

i'm so loving your blog jill. cate and i are making the whole wheat banana bread today. mmm, can't wait. that's just about what my breakfast looks like every morning too.

stephanie howell said...

i so want to be you. seriously. your family is gorgeous AND you cook. whaa?? domestic goddess envy over here.
miss you.