National Oatmeal Month: Oh the Things You Can Do
Oatmeal is a fabulous breakfast food, and it's fitting that January is National Oatmeal Month. There's something about warm breakfasts that stick with you that become increasingly important during the winter months.
Oatmeal is packed full of vitamins, nutrients and fiber. It fills you up and keeps you full, causing carb cravings to head out the door. Plus, it can be a quick and easy meal or a rich and complex one. Here are just a few things that you can do with oatmeal:
- Pancakes. One of our favorite ways to enjoy steel cut oats is to cook them and spread them on large baking sheets. Then we cut them into square "pancakes" and fry them up the next day and top them with our favorite toppings, from lemon curd and berries to a simple dusting of powdered sugar.
- Turn it into pie. Oatmeal topped with pie flavorings or with them baked right in is fabulous. Check out this apple pie oatmeal or a baked pumpkin pie oatmeal for a breakfast that tastes a lot like your favorite dessert.
- Granola. Whether you eat it on its own with milk or use it to top yogurt and fruit, granola is a great way to get whole grain oats into your diet
- Bake it up. Similar to the pumpkin pie oatmeal above, you can bake all sorts of deliciousness into oatmeal, from peanut butter to Nutella to your favorite fruits and spices, or you could just stuff it in an apple and serve it as such.
- Oatmeal cookies. I love a good oatmeal cookie. The added texture and chewiness in the cookies gets me every time. Try them with raisins, pumpkin or chocolate chips, or bake them into scones for a superb breakfast treat.
- Muffins. Oatmeal is the perfect muffin base. Soft and tender, warm from the oven, oatmeal muffins make a great start to your day.
- Granola bars. For when you need a snack on the go, granola bars fill you up with a blend of oats, nuts and dried fruit. They make a great snack to pack for hiking or camping, and they're also the companion for trips with the kids.
What is your favorite way to eat oatmeal? Are you a big bowl lover, or do you prefer it baked into things?