Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Oatmeal, 2 Ways

overnight oatmealoats and bubbles


Having recently come to the terrifying realization that I actually do have to budget myself, and that such budgeting does not allow for such impulse purchases as chocolate chips, almonds, vanilla, organic sugar, special flours, baking pans - all such purchases as I have often made in the past, to the detriment of my bank account, I am now determined to live frugally. I see it more as a challenge than anything, a kind of learning curve or right of passage - going through the stage of Realizing That You Are Poor And Can't Always Have Chocolate.

And while realizing that I can no longer afford to bake cookies in the middle of the night whenever I feel like it - and I feel like this often - I also see this as an opportunity to embrace frugality and refine the art of living, and especially cooking, cheaply. Which brings me to oatmeal. Previously, I breakfasted almost solely on fruit smoothies - dessert for breakfast always wins! - which aren't expensive, so to speak, but frozen fruit tends to be a bit more costly, and I go through bags of berries pretty quickly. Oats and bananas, however, are about as cheap as they come - and tasty. Just the other week I went to Chinatown and bought several pounds of bananas (if there is a Chinatown near you, you must go to there - so affordable! It is my favourite place), let them ripen, then peeled and froze them. I still have a bag of them in the freezer, which I am slowly working through.

So I bring you two ways of eating oatmeal - both quick, cheap, and healthy ways to start the day. In fact, I get excited just thinking about breakfast sometimes. It helps me get out of bed in the morning when I know something delicious is going to happen soon.


Banana Apple Overnight Oats
Overnight oats may be something new to you (an ingenious idea that I discovered via Oh She Glows), and if so, I encourage you to try them. Even if the idea of eating oats cold doesn't appeal to you, no fear, you can easily heat them up in the morning in a pot or in the microwave, though you might want to add a little extra liquid before you do. However, I highly recommend you try it cold first - it's good, I swear! The banana and apple make this bowl of oatmeal naturally sweet and flavourful, but depending on your tastes, you may wish to add a tablespoon or two of extra sweetener, like brown sugar or maple syrup.

a swirl of maple syrup helps it go down
1/2 cup Large Flake Oats
2 tbsp Chia Seeds or Flax Seeds
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
pinch Nutmeg and Allspice (optional)
1 1/2 cups Soy Milk (or other choice of milk - I use a mixture of soy and coconut)
1 Banana
1 Apple

Serves 1.

1. Mix oats, chia or flax seeds, salt, and spices together in a bowl.

2. In a blender, add milk, banana (frozen is fine), and apple (quartered and seeded, no need to peel), and blend until smooth. Pour mixture over dry ingredients and stir to mix.

3. Place in the fridge and leave overnight, or for at least 2 hours. When ready, remove from fridge, stir, and enjoy! You can also add in a swirl of maple syrup, honey, or blackstrap molasses, if you so wish.


Banana Oatmeal
The banana both sweetens and adds flavour to the oatmeal, enough that I find I don't need to add any extra sweetener at all, but feel free to add extra sweeteners to your taste.

breakfast and a book
Heaping 1/3 cup Large Flake Oats
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
pinch Nutmeg and Allspice (optional)
1 cup Milk of choice (I use a combination of soy and coconut)
1 Banana

Serves 1.

1. Stir together oats, salt and spices together in a pot. Add milk and banana (broken up - frozen is fine).

2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to a simmer, stirring frequently and mashing up the banana to incorporate. Cook 4 - 8 minutes, until oatmeal reaches your desired consistency.

3. Pour into a bowl and serve. You can also add in a splash of cold milk and a sweetener, such as maple syrup or honey, if you so desire.

3 comments:

  1. As a poor college student, these are deff recipes for me!

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  2. Liz, your mom forwarded this to me. Awesome!!! Banana Curry, my family loves it. Over whatever. Whether veggies or chick peas or for meat lovers. Banana, lots of curry spices, water, lemon juice , some mustard easy and cheap for the sauce part. Good luck with all you are accomplishing.

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