An Open Letter to Oatmeal and I Have a Facebook Page!

Dear Oatmeal,

I don’t like you.  I know you are a wonderful balanced breakfast, but when you come out of little envelopes, I think you taste like cardboard…ish.

However, things are beginning to change.  I recently saw a recipe that piqued my interest (not easy to do with my intense dislike of you).  This recipe used old fashioned oats instead of instant and had actual fresh bananas in it!  It was more time consuming to make than the packets of instant cardboard, but it tasted infinitely better…I almost ate the whole bowl.  I even think I will make this again, and that is really saying something.

So, in closing, Oatmeal, maybe you aren’t as bad as I once thought you were.  If I like this new recipe, I am sure those who enjoy the packets of oatmeal will love you forever after trying this recipe!



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Skinny Wheat Germ Oatmeal
Adapted from The Novice Chef, Originally from Cooking Light

½ cup water
½ cup skim milk
¼ cup pomegranate applesauce
1/3 cup old fashioned oats
2 tbsp wheat germ
1 tbsp ground flax seed
Dash of salt
½ tsp cinnamon
3 tsp brown sugar, divided
½ banana, sliced
2 tbsp chopped walnuts or almonds

In a small saucepan, combine the water, milk, applesauce, oats, wheat germ, flax, and salt.  Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally.

Reduce heat to medium low and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat, stir in cinnamon and 2 tsp brown sugar.

Place the oatmeal in a bowl, top with the sliced banana, walnuts or almonds, and 1 tsp brown sugar.

Makes 1 serving



  1. Gosh, I might even eat oatmeal with all those goodies added...mmmmmm.

  2. I love oatmeal it lowers cholestral so this is perfect for me~!

  3. hahaha- man it makes such a difference when you cook oatmeal the right way and use old-fashioned oats. I'm a huge oatmeal fan!

  4. If you like old fashioned oats, I would suggest trying steel cut oats. We soak ours in our rice cooker overnight, and turn it on in the morning for a delicious, easy breakfast. You can make them on the stove, too, but they take about 30-40 minutes. Totally worth a try. Steel cut oats are the only oatmeal I eat.

  5. Awesomes! Welcome to the oatmeal lovers' team. We're pretty cool :)

  6. I love oatmeal.. all kinds.. but I can't eat it when its hot out. Unfortunately its already getting warm in TX but I really want to try this so now I don't know what to do!

  7. I grew up eating old fashioned oats cooked on the stove. Mom added lots of butter, white sugar and milk. I'm pretty sure it wasn't too "healthy" that way. If you aren't much of an oatmeal fan, try adding a really ripe mashed up banana and topping with walnuts.

  8. Very cute post! ;)

    This sounds really good.

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    (All Things Cajun)

  10. Haha! I love oatmeal! This version sounds wonderful!

  11. Very cute. I agree that the packeted oatmeal is pretty disgusting. My mom hooked me on made-from-scratch oatmeal when I was a kid so I've always done it that way. Glad you've "seen the light."

  12. try my Blueberry Almond Oatmeal Crisp, with a side of yogurt and you'll forget all about instant oatmeal!


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