Oatmeal – A Non-Sponsored Post

by Katy on February 26, 2015 · 19 comments

In honor of Throwback Thursday, I present a previously published post. Enjoy!

As I write this, I am enjoying a large bowl of hot oatmeal. And no, it’s not from a packet, and it certainly doesn’t include dinosaur eggs or wood pulp. It’s just oatmeal. Bought in bulk from Bob’s Red Mill, and then stored in a pretty vintage glass jar on my kitchen counter. (And of course, it’s cooked in a thrifted Descoware pot.)


I always sprinkle some brown sugar on top, and then wait for it to melt into ooey-gooey goodness.


Healthy, tasty, filling and cheap.


I am not perfect. I like prepackaged cereal and would eat daily McMuffins if they were healthy and produced by an ethical company. But when I remember to fix oatmeal, I always end up thinking about how wonderfully pure the experience is, and wonder why I don’t prepare it more often.


Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

marie February 26, 2015 at 2:33 pm

I make my own instant oatmeal, sans the wood pulp.
I use powdered milk, brown sugar, oatmeal, and any other goodies like nuts, dried cranberries, and raisins. I put in a pretty container in the cupboard, then when we are in the mood for oatmeal, just scoop out a serving.
I like it because no added sugar or other nasty’s
Added plus, my chickens love it too.


Beckie Abbott February 26, 2015 at 3:46 pm

Oatmeal is nearly perfect! To improve the flavor, toast it dry in a fry pan for a few minutes before cooking. It has a toasty fuller flavor you will love~


Katy February 26, 2015 at 4:04 pm

Mmm . . . that sounds delicious!


Isabelle February 26, 2015 at 3:57 pm

Love it too! Mixed with a bit of hemp seeds and maple syrup, mmmm!!


Karen February 26, 2015 at 4:28 pm

I love it also, especially in the winter. I put in honey, cinnamon, dried cranberries or raisins and a little flax oil.


Diane C February 26, 2015 at 10:00 pm

I portion out a dozen servings at a time for DH’s breakfasts. I use canning jars. I add coconut, dried berries, nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice to plain whole oats, all bulk purchased at Costco and/or Winco. The night before, I add (homemade) vanilla and water. I place the bowl in the microwave. In the morning, I zap it for 2 minutes and get perfect oatmeal every time with no overflowing messes or gunky pots to clean up. It really helps me function with minimal brain power in the very early morning hours, which is a plus.


Barb @ 1SentenceDiary February 27, 2015 at 7:59 am

I also cook it in the microwave when I’m making it just for me. In fact, I was eating some while I was reading this. I love your idea of portioning it out in advance so as to make it even quicker in the morning.


Linda February 26, 2015 at 10:03 pm

I purchase 20# of rolled oats at Cash & Carry (restaurant supply).
I have oatmeal prep down to a science. I use the microwave, measure in my water, oatmeal add molasses, raisins and cinnamon. zap stir, zap, stir, and I have breakfast!
I’m going to take Becky’s suggestion and toast the oats next time that sounds wonderful.


Joanna February 26, 2015 at 11:30 pm

If you consume dairy I highly recommend replacing your oatmeal water with milk!


Bellen February 27, 2015 at 5:30 am

I eat oatmeal every morning – 1/3 c oatmeal, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 1/4 water, zap for 1min 10 sec, stir, zap again. Stir in 2 tbsp flax seed meal and 2 tbsp peanut butter (nothing but peanuts). I’m a diabetic and need carbs that raise my blood sugar slowly. Gives me carbs, fiber, antioxidants, some protein, some good fat and the cinnamon helps with the blood sugar and the cocoa gives me my chocolate fix. Lasts me thru my regular morning stuff including an hour on the treadmill. Doctor approves 100%


WilliamB February 27, 2015 at 7:40 am

Wood pulp turns out to be surprisingly useful. Did you know that rayon and viscose are made from celluoid? By the standard definition, they’re natural fibers.


Jill February 27, 2015 at 7:49 am

I love oatmeal! Mmmm. I have it for breakfast every day during the winter.


angela wilder February 27, 2015 at 7:57 am

I love oatmeal! love, love, love! I feel the same way! I cannot believe that something so wonderful can be so inexpensive. I like to add honey, flax seeds, butter and soy milk.


Monica February 27, 2015 at 9:31 am

J’taime oatmeal. Thanks to today’s Comments, I got some wonderful new ideas for tasty things to add to it, other than the standard cinnamon! Looking forward to trying them.


Lea February 27, 2015 at 9:42 am

My son has always, always been all about dinosaurs. When he was preschooler he begged for that dinosaur egg oatmeal. We eat a lot of oatmeal at our house (they type you eat!) and he just dearly wanted that dinosaur oatmeal! We bought him a box for Christmas – wrapped it and put it under the tree even – and tried it for breakfast that morning. Super gross! Even my then 3-year-old wouldn’t eat it! It ended up in the trash. Won’t make that mistake again.

So then I hid some of my son’s stone dinosaurs in his oatmeal the next morning (put them in after the oats were cooked) and he was thrilled.

Live and learn, eh?


K D February 27, 2015 at 2:04 pm

I eat oatmeal many mornings for breakfast. I usually add oat bran, ground flax seeds, raisins, cinnamon, and lately chia seeds. If I have a bit of pumpkin I add that as well.


Madeline February 28, 2015 at 11:08 am

My husband can’t stand the stuff (bad childhood memories??) but I LOVE CREAM OF WHEAT!!! I made some recently and it’s a nice switch from oatmeal once in a while.There is even a whole grain version,( I thought all versions were whole grain!? ) Yes, hot cereal and a slice of toast= yummy breakfast.


beckie Abbott February 28, 2015 at 11:28 am

Me too! Such smooth comfort food.


Madeline February 28, 2015 at 11:10 am

Only read some of these replies but I am glad my “Mom days” occurred BEFORE somehow, DINOSAURS were connected with oatmeal??????????


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