OatmealI found an oatmeal recipe on Pinterest a couple of weeks ago, and decided to try it because I happen to have a five pound bag of oatmeal that I needed to use up.  I know, I live in 700 square feet and I have a five pound bag of oatmeal.  Clearly I should not be buying things in large quantities because I just don’t have the space for it.  I blame it on the Coastco Coma.  I’m not sure what happens to my brain when I go in there.  Suddenly everything looks like something I need and for such a good price.

Anyway, I tried this recipe and really enjoy it.  Within two weeks I’ve gotten through a third of the bag.  Yay!  I tweaked the original recipe a bit to meet my dietary needs so feel free to adjust for your needs as well.

1     Very Ripe Banana – roughly chopped
½ tsp Coconut Oil
½ tsp  Nutmeg
½ tsp  Cardamom
1   tsp   Cinnamon
Pinch of Salt
1   T      Flax Seeds
1   T      Nut Butter (I use almond butter but you could use peanut butter.)
1/3 C    Oats (Mine are Toasted Oats but the original recipe called for Rolled Oats.)
2   C      Almond Milk
Stevia to taste (The original recipe called for ½ tsp of maple syrup but can’t have any form of sugar so I’m already cheating with the banana.)

Melt the Coconut oil in a medium sauce pan and add the banana.  Stir the banana so it doesn’t stick to the bottom or burn.  By caramelizing it this way you’ll release more of the flavor into the oatmeal.  This takes about 5 minutes.

Add the nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon, salt, flax seeds, nut butter & oats.  Stir them all together and the nut butter will melt a little bit.  Add the milk and stevia, stirring constantly, as it comes to a boil.   Let it boil for 5 minutes or until it gets to the consistency you like.  I don’t like soupy oatmeal so I tend to boil it for closer to 6 minutes.  Remove from heat for a minute before you put it in your bowl.  I like to add a dollop of nut butter and a sprinkle of the spices to the top.

You can play around with the spices and other ingredients to make it more your own.  I like these spices but I’m sure I’ll continue to play with it over time.  Right now this feels like an edible, warm sweater made for dark and cold winter mornings.

About redchairrox

I'm an interior designer living in Denver who has a wide range of interests. I have many resources for restaurants, classes, design, films, etc. that come across my path and I enjoy sharing them with people.
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