As we continue on with Cooking Through Stacy’s Stash, we come to another eBook in my collection. I’m trying to tackle one eBook per month – first we saw 20 Minute Meals and then Easy Homemade. And this week we’re talking oatmeal…why? Well, because I have a love for all types of oatmeal, whether it be cooked on the stove or baked. The only type of oatmeal that I hate is the kind cooked overnight in the crock pot so that it turns into glue. Blech.
Oatmeal is so good for you and it’s so filling, AND wait for it…cheap. Yes, it’s cheap. I <3 cheap things. I bet you never saw that coming, did you? I like to shock you every once and a while.
So, meet 20 Ways to Make Oatmeal Special from Parenting Miracles. I’ve had this book in my stash for a while – any eBook about oatmeal is gonna be on my radar. It should be on your radar too.
So, remember when I just mentioned oatmeal being cheap? Well guess what? This book is cheap too…it’s FREE! Yes, you heard me. This eBook is free when you subscribe to Parenting Miracles. It’s available in the daily feed for downloading. So, after you subscribe you will be able to get the book when you receive your first email from Parenting Miracles.
There are 20 fabulous recipes in this book (hence the title)…things like Blueberry Pie Oatmeal, Creamsicle Oatmeal, and Maple Trail Mix Oatmeal. They all make me slobber.
So, here’s the thing: if you eat a whole foods diet like us, some of the recipes will require a bit of tweaking – but EASY tweaking…like, use sucanat instead of sugar. The ideas for these recipes are great and easy to prepare! Thank you, JessieLeigh!
JessieLeigh was kind enough to let me post one of her recipes here. I chose Banana Walnut Oatmeal because I had bananas that needed to vacate the freezer because I needed to store something else in there. They got the boot – straight into my breakfast bowl. Yum, yum!
This recipe originally called to be made into 4 servings, so I scaled it back to 3 – we don’t like leftover oatmeal unless it’s baked.
The ingredients list is short: oats, water, bananas, honey, and walnuts. I mean really – does it get any easier than that? And for those of you who say you don’t have time to make breakfast, now you can’t complain any more. JessieLeigh has blown that excuse right out of the water. Booya.
You should use old fashioned oats instead of quick oats – but if quick oats are all you have, those will work…just not as well. I ain’t hatin’.
So for us, here are the switches I made (other than scaling back to three servings): I used stevia instead of honey, I added vanilla and cinnamon. That’s it. Also, I mashed my bananas and added them to the mix instead of slicing them – they were really ripe and already smushy. Smushy is not a word – lame. Also, I only served the nuts on top instead of stirring them into the mixture.
Verdict? We loved it! Even Annie…we licked our platters clean – Jack Sprat has nothing on The Myers.
I love fixing oatmeal for my family, and if you do too, make sure you get this free eBook today by subscribing to Parenting Miracles!
I will put the original recipe in the print section with my changes beside it. 🙂
Banana Walnut Oatmeal
- 2 cups old fashioned oats (I used 1 ½ cups)
- 4 cups water (I used 3 cups)
- 2 bananas, sliced (I used two small bananas and I smushed them up)
- ¼ cup honey (I used stevia to taste)
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- **I also added 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon**
- Bring oats and water to a boil in a saucepan; reduce heat to medium.
- Stir in bananas, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon.
- Cook about 5 minutes or until thickened.
- Divide between bowls and sprinkle with walnuts
Yield: 3-4 servings