Mighty Oats!

Oatmeal and Fruit Compote

fresh fruits, chopped
raisins or other dried fruits, chopped
soy milk, orange juice or pomegranate juice, to cover for soaking
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
To make fruit compote: Combine the fresh and dried fruits in a glass jar along with some soy milk or juice for soaking. Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, prepare rolled oats according to directions on package. Add fruit compote to the oatmeal. Serves 2.

Cinnamon Fruit Oatmeal
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup blueberries
2 apples, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
1/4 cup raisins
In a saucepan, combine water with the vanilla and cinnamon. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer and stir in the oats. When the mixture starts to simmer, add the blueberries. Remove from heat when berries are heated through. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes until thick and creamy. Mix in apples, nuts, flax seeds, and raisins. Serves 2.

Blueberry Nut Oatmeal
1 3/4 cups water
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup grated apple
2 tablespoons currants
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
8 pecan halves, chopped
In a saucepan, bring water to a boil and stir in all ingredients, except blueberries and pecans. Turn heat down and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in blueberries and pecans. Remove from heat and cover for 2-3 minutes before serving. Serves 3.
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Peter - June 30, 2008 10:31 PM

Yes, oats truly are mighty. As I have access to a garden and fresh greens my current breakfast consists of rolled oats with soy milk, bananas, cinnamon and Swiss Chard which is added to oats in the last few minutes.
I can't obtain steel cut oats so I stick to traditional rolled oats.

Alex - December 19, 2008 3:32 PM

Looks good I'll have to try these. You may want to try replacing your rolled oats with steel-cut oats (or better yet uncut oats - sometimes called oat groats). They take longer to cook (approx. 30 minutes), but have (to me) a much better flavor and texture. Like a lot of people, I'm in a rush every morning, so I make a big batch in advance and then refrigerate, microwaving what I need.

Laura Jones - February 11, 2012 7:27 PM

have you tried your oats in the slow cooker? I've heard from some people that it works well and there's hot breakfast at the most time critical chunk of a family day. If you do I'd love to see that recipe up here! :)

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