I started loving breakfast after college when for the first time in my life, I could savor mornings daily: the quiet house, the coffee pot burbling in the background making the perfect extra strong cup. Now a year later, second breakfast has defeated lunch. Soon, I’m certain, I’ll be eating three breakfasts a day.
If you use your brain parts, you can have a warm, delicious, and healthy oatmeal concoction in less than ten minutes every single morning. Here are some of my favorite combos. Each is inexpensive and gives you a a full serving of fruit.
Banana Bread Oatmeal:
Combine one serving size oats and suggested amount of liquid substituting half of the water with milk. Slice one banana and mix into oatmeal, add raisins or currants, cinnamon, a little splash of vanilla extract. Microwave for 3 minutes or until oatmeal is cooked and bananas are gooey. Top with nuts of your choice, or a blob of nutella if you want to take this breakfast to next-level deliciousness.
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal:
Combine one serving size oats and suggested amount of liquid substituting half of the water with milk. Add two tablespoons of canned pumpkin puree, a dash cinnamon, and golden raisins or dried cranberries, and a little bit of vanilla extract. Microwave for three minutes or until oatmeal is cooked. Top with pecans or pepitas.
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal:
Chop one apple into 1/4 in. pieces. Place in coffee mug with cinnamon and raisins. Put your hand over the top of the mug and shake to coat the apple bits with cinnamon. Microwave for three minutes to cook the apples. Meanwhile, prepare your oats. When the apples are done, put the oatmeal in the microwave and cook. Top the cooked oatmeal with the cooked apples and slivered almonds or other nuts.
Alternately you can make baked oatmeal (pictured up there) or swiss oatmeal, but those are entirely different beasts to be discussed at a another time.
(pic via simply breakfast)