Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Just a Bit Nutty Oatmeal

I really love oatmeal.  It's quick, nutritious and delicious.  My oatmeal changes as my health concerns change.  My absolute favorite way to eat oatmeal is with lots of real butter a handful of brown sugar and a good amount of whole milk or cream.  I know, brown sugar is to be avoided, but hey butter and whole milk are good for you; if you don't believe me read Nourishing Traditions, it will change your life. 

I know, I know, I should soak my oatmeal to really get the best health benefit; I'm just not there yet.  But back to my changing oatmeal.  When I was in my early twenties, I ate the instant oatmeal (for shame, I know) thinking that I was making a healthy breakfast choice.  In my mid-twenties, when I thought I was being "healthy" I ate it with artificial butter sprinkles, sweetener and skim milk.  Boy, was that gross.  Then I got tired of my beloved oatmeal tasting like plastic goo and started eating it with jam stirred in and some 1% milk.  Eventually, I embraced my favorite way to eat oatmeal and started enjoying my oatmeal breakfasts again. 

Recently, I've been trying to create my own weight loss wagon and finding a way to eat the whole, unprocessed foods I enjoy and some of the processed ones I will always love.  So, my oatmeal has evolved again to eliminate the processed sugar.  My newest oatmeal breakfast manifestation is what I like to call Just a Bit Nutty Oatmeal.  It came about this morning as I was rushing to get out the door in time for work, but I wanted to make a breakfast for me and my family that was healthy.  I hate to admit, that I'm pretty sure my 11 year old eats frosted flakes for breakfast when he is on his own and I don't make something for him. 

I raided the many jars in my pantry and threw in some raisins for sweetness, some pecans because I think pecans are awesome, and some sunflower seeds because that jar was behind the pecans and I thought, "why not?".  And because I think oatmeal just isn't oatmeal without butter and milk, I finished it off with some delicious butter and whole milk.  It was so easy and quick that I had time to sit at my breakfast table and eat instead of at my desk or in my car.  And that was so sweet, I didn't even miss the brown sugar.

Just a Bit Nutty Oatmeal
Serves 4

4C. Water
2C. Rolled Oats
Whole Milk
Sunflower Seeds
Chia Seeds (just incase you want to add some Omega 3)

Boil water and add oats.  Cook for 5 minutes.  Pour into bowls and add all the wonderful toppings to your liking.  Enjoy!

How about you... Do you have any foods that evolve with you?

Shared At: Healthy 2Day Wednesdays, Whole Food Wednesdays, What's Cookin' Wednesdays, Whole Food Wednesdays, Real Food Wendesdays


  1. Yum! This sounds delicious! I usually add some honey to my oatmeal, because I can't really stand it otherwise, lol.

    1. I love honey in my oatmeal too. I was really surprised at how good this turned out without it. :)

  2. Great healthy recipe! Thank you for sharing with us at Healthy 2Day Wednesday! :)

  3. You are good making your own. I found you via Whole Food Wednesday. I linked in a post about prawn cocktails. Have a great week.


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