I don’t know if y’all remember back when I was in healthy living blogger mode (over a year and a half ago) but I ate oatmeal almost every day. This in and of itself is not a bad thing…except for the fact that I hated oatmeal and loathed having it for breakfast all the time. But that’s what healthy living bloggers did back then, and I wanted to make sure I was doing it right! After a while I learned that it’s about what I want to eat and moved on to smoothies, but I was pretty sure I was never going to eat oatmeal again.
But now I do – I eat a LOT of oatmeal! You could definitely say it’s back in the game.
These days I eat oatmeal for two reasons: one, it helps in the milk-making department and since Wes is exclusively having breastmilk right now (p.s. if we need to we are 100% OK with giving him formula, but luckily I’m able to produce enough to feed him or pump and bottle feed) and two, I found out that if you put chocolate and peanut butter in oats they are A-OK. My new problem now is that I crave them all the time!
Here’s the thing now though – portion control. And not portion control for the amount of oatmeal I eat – portion control for the amount of chocolate chips (HEAVEN) that I add. I tend to be a little heavy-handed, so I now have to find a way to cut down on those babies and make the oats more oats than chocolate. After reading through this great list of 100-calorie oatmeal toppings from Cooking Light, I finally came up with a blend that I love! Here’s my favorite oatmeal – for now:
MY FAVORITE OATMEAL
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 1/4 cup nonfat milk
- 2 Tbsp milled flax
- 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
- 1 Tbsp dried cranberries
- stevia to taste
Basically I just cook the oats on the stovetop with the cranberries (so they plump up) and milk until almost done, then I remove from the heat and stir everything else in until combined. I let it sit for a few minutes to cool down and so that the flax has time to thicken the oatmeal the remainder of the way, and then I dig it! It’s chocolatey and peanut buttery and I don’t feel like I just ate an entire chocolate cake in one sitting. Oh, and it means that I can use the chocolate chip for other baking endeavors. YUM!