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Return of the Oats

November 8, 2011

Believe it or not, I just haven’t been in the mood for a hot bowl of oats. Sure, I’ve had my fair share of Overnight Oats when I have the foresight to make it the night before. But the idea of hot oats just hasn’t appealed to me. I even made a bowl of pumpkin oats the other day, and I left it barely eaten.

Until this morning, that is.

I woke up craving something sweet for breakfast– which hasn’t been happening often– and the heater in my apartment is currently broken (hey landlord, wanna come remedy that like… yesterday??). Needless to say, eating cold cereal with fruit was out of the question.

My feelings on having to wear my hoodie indoors while my $17 Target space heater makes my apartment feel warmer than the low 60s:

So with my apartment feeling like the Arctic Circle (okay, it’s only 55 outside, I’m exaggerating), I decided to give a piping hot bowl of oats a second try.

And boy am I glad I did.

I made a bowl of steel cut oats (way more filling for me than quick-cooking or even rolled oats) with Greek yogurt to make it creamy. For fruit, I stirred in some frozen blueberries in its last minute of cooking.

Creamy Blueberry Oats

makes one serving

  • 1/4 c steel cut oats
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1/2 c almond milk
  • 1/4 c no-sugar-added applesauce
  • 1/4 c non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 c frozen wild blueberries
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  1. Mix the oats, water, almond milk, and vanilla in a large microwave-safe bowl (steel cut oats expand A LOT while microwaving, so make sure it’s a large bowl or you’ll be doing a lot of cleaning afterward) and microwave for 2 1/2 minutes.
  2. Remove bowl from microwave and stir in blueberries and applesauce. Microwave for another minute.
  3. Allow to cool for a minute, remove from microwave, and stir in Greek yogurt. Top your oatmeal with a few things, too! I used almond butter and puffed millet.

In other news, I’ve actually given myself quite the to-do list for today in lieu of some plans that got canceled. It goes something like this:

  1. Clean the apartment, you messy, messy girl.
  2. Do an hour of yoga– gym or DVD, just do it.
  3. Apply to jobs. DONE!!
  4. Continue working on that book you and Keli started almost 3 years ago.
  5. Go grocery shopping. The only source of protein in your fridge is Greek yogurt and tempeh.

So with my blogging and job-applying done, I’m moving on to a little more writing. This time less about food, and more about… well… you’ll see if we ever finish our book. 😀

In the meantime, enjoy the sight of the orchid plant from The Dude (he’s amused by his nick name) I’ve yet to kill…

… and my wake-up juice that’s sitting next to a laptop where very minimal Facebooking is being done. I swear, I’m being productive today. Mostly.

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