For The Love of Oatmeal
Those who know me know that I love oatmeal so much that I eat it practically every single day. With the exception of the weekend splurge (and I do love a weekend splurge!), it's been my daily constitution for most of my adult life, except when I did Whole30 last summer. While Whole30 was great in many ways — especially to prove to myself that I could do without sugar for an entire month — I quickly realized that oatmeal was the one thing that I missed the most and couldn't wait to have as soon as the 30 days were up. (If you don't already, you should totally follow Melissa Hartwig's Instagram page, even just for her #MelissaReads book recs.)
I'm not sure why I never tired of my beloved oatmeal, but I'm pretty sure it has to do with the fact that it leaves me with a full-to-the-brim fiber-rich satisfaction and none of the guilt and tummy bloat of overdoing it on carbs. Sometimes when I'm craving something sweet after dinner, I've been known to make a small bowl of oatmeal to whet my sweet tooth, and it often works far better than slinking down to the convenience store for a bag of Swedish Fish, which is fine on occasion but not to make a steady diet of, am I right? (Though it would be easy to make a steady diet of Swedish Fish because they're so damn delicious in all their chewy Red 40 glory.)
So without any further introduction, here's my tried-and-true oatmeal recipe, my daily breakfast a good five days a week.
Everyday Oatmeal (serves 1)
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 tablespoon date paste
- 1 teaspoon ceylon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup berries (my preferred are raspberries); frozen is totally fine
- 3 chopped pitted dates (optional)
- 1 cup almond milk or water
- Add oats to microwave-safe bowl, along with date paste, cinnamon, sea salt, almond milk or water. Mix thoroughly.
- Microwave for 1.5 minutes. Keep watch to avoid boiling over.
- Mix well and add additional liquid if desired. Add berries and mix. If using frozen berries, microwave for 30 seconds until thawed.
- Enjoy with tea or coffee and conversation with your loved one or your favorite periodical. (I happen to love oatmeal with a good book when I'm eating solo.)