A daybreak tradition – Oatmeal

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Did I mention that I have an oatmeal obsession?  Because if I haven’t then I’d like to make that abundantly clear right now: I LOVE OATMEAL!  Every morning I make myself a big bowl of it to start my day off right.  It took me a few months of trial and error to finally figure out exactly how I like my oatmeal.  Now that I have a great recipe that works, it’s difficult to stop myself from making it for EVERY meal!

My morning oatmeals all share the same base, though what I mix into it changes based on what I have available in my house at the time.

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I start with 1/2 cup of quick oats, 1/2 cup of vanilla almond milk, and 1/2 cup of water.  I throw those three things in a bowl, mix it up, and put it in the microwave for two minutes.  (Actually, I really put it in for exactly 2 minutes and 15 seconds.  I’m not sure why but at this point I’m obsessive about this timing)

While it’s cooking in the microwave I start preparing my mix-ins.  I cut any fruit that needs it and get together the right portion of anything else I might add in.

Once the oatmeal is done I let it sit for a minute to thicken up.  Then I mix in a packet of truvia and a bit of cinnamon.  You can substitute real sugar for the truvia, or any other sweetener you like.  Sometimes I sub in a tablespoon of vanilla protein powder.  As for the cinnamon, I rarely substitute anything in for it a;though occasionally I use a teaspoon of cocoa powder instead for a chocolatey flavor!

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Next come the mix-ins!  My favorite combination is a banana, raspberries, and almonds but some other options that I use from time to time are:
-coconut
-nectarines
-strawberries
-blueberries
-raisins
-pecans
-apples
-peanut/almond butter

You can mix and match anything that sounds good to you.  As long as you have the base of the oatmeal right it will be super delicious!

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Rachel, 25, Badass feminist, Kitchen mess maker, Spanish speaking television buff, Bikram yoga junkie, Buffy Summers wannabe, ED Recovery warrior.

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