I’m not sure how it happened but my little guy loves oatmeal. He requests it at least 4 out of 7 mornings and his favourite way to eat it is with cinnamon and raisins! I like to introduce him to new flavours though and oatmeal is an amazing base to build from. We prefer our oatmeal served hot, although there are fantastic options for overnight oats if you’re pressed for time in the morning! Oats are one of the healthiest grains. They are gluten free and rich in antioxidants, fibre and many nutrients and vitamins. They are great in lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar, they help you to feel fuller longer aiding in weight loss plus they offer a lot of benefits to your natural gut health as they aid in good bacteria growth. Oatmeal for breakfast (or anytime of day) is a win-win!
I usually cook my slow-cooking rolled oats in milk (dairy or nut) with a pinch of salt although sometimes I just use water and salt and sometimes I add some other grain blends such as Red River Porridge Cereal Mix or even just chia or flax seeds. I love the versatility of oatmeal and I know my little one is getting a good portion of whole grains in his bowl. It’s especially comforting in these cold winter months and it truly is an easy go-to for breakfasts and sometimes even a hearty snack.
Here’s a few recipes I like to enjoy:
Apple Cinnamon and Raisin Oatmeal. (Tried and true, E’s favourite way to enjoy his oatmeal! He loves to add diced up fresh apples and sometimes even dried cranberries or ‘bugs’ as he calls them!)
Tomato, Basil Breakfast Bowl. (My favourite way to enjoy oatmeal is untraditional and savoury!) Unsweetened oats with a generous dollop of basil pesto, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, chèvre and topped with a fried egg and salt and pepper.
Funky Monkey Oatmeal has peanut butter powder mixed into the oatmeal and is topped with coconut, chia seeds and fresh sliced bananas. It’s packed with yummy nutrients with a tropical vibe!
You can top your oatmeal with such a variety of fresh or frozen fruit. Add seeds and nuts, mix in healthy sweeteners like honey or maple syrup or indulge and add some chocolate chips or chunks. Swirl in some thick yogurt and top with crunchy granola for a texture twist or go savoury like I like to with cheeses, fresh herb blends, sautéed veg or even meat!! (I’m seeing a maple, bacon, aged cheddar oatmeal bowl in my future!). The sky’s the limit really! And you can feel good starting your day with one of nature’s finest gems (and supporting our local farmers to boot)!