Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sweet Potato Oatmeal

breakfast with Pamela

Breakfast while reading Pamela. I tortured myself in this way for about a week. I don't recommend it.
It will make you so angry.

I just finished cramming my face full of gigantic flatbread crackers and cheese, things I rarely buy because of their price and my tendency to do what I have just described. The occasion for this fit of gluttony then? They were free. This is why I go to talks. Even though I know that, ninety-eight percent of the time, I will not hear anything I don't already know, and I will spend the majority of my time fidgeting in an attempt to keep my legs from falling asleep and my brain from shutting down completely, I will go, simply because someone has promised me that there will be food in my future if I show up and stay. And it will be free.

So I ate a lot of cheese. And some amazing crackers that tasted like cornflakes. Unfortunately, now my stomach hurts a little - like those sword-sized crackers are stabbing me softly. But I have no regrets. I emerged from this experience victorious. I got to indulge in some of my favourite things (cheese! crackers! nanaimo bars!) just by sitting.

What this has to do with oatmeal I don't really know. For this dish, you don't have sit and be uncomfortable and fidgety for over an hour. It isn't free, but it isn't expensive either. It's also a lot healthier for you than cheese and crackers. It's a budget-friendly breakfast, so if you're attending talks, getting free food, and making this in the morning, you're probably doing pretty well for yourself.

Also, this oatmeal is delicious. Just saying.

Sweet Potato Oatmeal
This oatmeal is a bowl of warm comfort perfect for a winter morning. If you don't have any sweet potato on hand, or you just want to try something a little different, you can use pumpkin puree in place of the sweet potato.

1/3 cup Large Flake Oats
1/4 tsp Salt
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Nutmeg (opt.)
1/4 tsp Allspice (opt.)
1/2 tsp Ground Ginger (opt.)
1 1/3 cups Milk (I used a combination of soy and coconut)
1 cup Shredded Sweet Potato (I used about 1/3 of a large sweet potato)
1 Ripe Banana

Serves 1.

start the day with orangeoats and sweet potato

1. Shred sweet potato and set aside.

2. Mix oats, salt and spices together in a pot, then whisk in the milk. Stir in the shredded sweet potato and banana.

3. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Turn heat down to low, cover, and let simmer for a few minutes (steaming the oatmeal this way helps cook the sweet potato). Uncover and continue cooking on low, stirring frequently, until the oatmeal has reached your desired consistency, and the sweet potato is no longer crunchy (it might be slightly chewy).

4. Pour into a bowl and serve, drizzled with maple syrup or honey, if so desired, and with a splash of cold milk. Enjoy!

sweet potato oatmeal


  1. Any suggestions for people who cannot do banana but would still like to enjoy this oatmeal?

    1. I would suggest blending in a pear or apple, and/or just adding in sweeteners such as maple syrup, honey, or blackstrap molasses to your taste.

  2. I'm craving one of these for breakfast!  I should try this at home. 

  3. Mmmmm looks DELISH! Looks like we are kindred souls. Cool name and cool site!

  4. Woah! That looks so unique but amazingly delicious! Great idea :)

    Kristen @ bakingblissful.blogspot.com <--Come on over sometime!

  5. This was really good! I'm on a total elimination diet and I can't do sugar or honey but this was a really good way to get sweet oatmeal. :-) I shared a link to your blog and the recipe on my blog. http://lil-honeybee.blogspot.com/2013/01/sweet-potato-oatmeal.html I can't wait to try your other recipes. :-)

    1. Thanks so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for the link, too!