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Oh Oatmeal!

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Some people like it, some people don't, but I'm a huge fan. Oatmeal. I like the lumps. I like the texture. I like that it fills me and lasts a while. Best of all, I like that I can make it all my own. Using different spices and fruits, I've found a few favorites including these. 

Banana Nut Oatmeal

If you like banana bread, you're sure to like this. 

1/2  cup of oatmeal

1 cup of water

1/2 mashed banana

1 tbs chopped walnuts

Dash of cinnamon

Dash of maple syrup

Mix oatmeal and water together then stir in mashed banana. Cook on high for 1:30 to 2:00 minutes (depending on microwave). Once done, sprinkle cinnamon and splash a little maple syrup on there. Stir in the walnuts and you have yourself a banana walnut breakfast! 

 

Cranberry Apple Oatmeal

1/2  cup of oatmeal

1 cup of water

1 tbs of apple chopped (gala works best) 

1 tbs of cranberries

1 tbs of pecans

Dash of cinnamon

Dash of maple syrup

Splash of milk

 

Drop the cranberries and chunks of apples into your oatmeal before cooking to soften them. Once done, top with cinnamon and milk, stir and then finish with a little syrup...or maybe a little more. 

If you're really feeling in the mood for fall, try replacing the apple with a pear! 

 

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

1/2  cup of oatmeal

1 cup of water

1 tbs of pumpkin

1 tbs chopped pecans

Sprinkle of brown sugar 

Dash of pumpkin pie spice 

 

Cook the pumpkin in the oatmeal. Once done add the pecans, brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Can substitute the brown sugar for maple syrup or try honey. 

If you're ever looking to just simply change up your breakfast bowl without making it crazy, just throw in some raisins or golden raisins. I'm a big fan of cinnamon, but the truth is there are plenty of things in your cabinet you can try. 

What's your favorite way to fix up a breakfast standard?