There’s nothing like a hearty bowl of warm oatmeal on a (freezing) cold winter’s morning. When I was in university and living in residence, I ate way too many packages of instant oatmeal that are loaded with sugar and other additives. Now that we make it ourselves, I realize how incredibly easy (and inexpensive) it is to whip up a batch of delicious, healthy oatmeal. I will often even make it the night before and just warm it up on the stove with a bit more milk in the morning. In the summer, we do a lot of overnight oatmeal batches that we can enjoy cold the next morning, mixing in whatever fruit happens to be in season at the time. Oatmeal is a favourite of my son too, who started out calling it “oat-mama”, a cute name which has now stuck. Oat-mama is a family favourite! Below is our latest favourite oatmeal dish – Wild Blueberry Banana Oatmeal.
Wild Blueberry Banana Oatmeal
- (Makes 2-2 servings)
- 1 cup Rolled Oats
- 1 1/2 cups Almond Milk (or milk of your choice)
- 3/4 cups Water
- 1/4 tsp each Cinnamon and Nutmeg
- 1/2 cup Fresh or Frozen Wild Blueberries
- 1/4 cup Chopped Walnuts
- 1/2 Banana, sliced or chopped
- 1/8 cup Maple Syrup
Combine the oats, milk, water, cinnamon and nutmeg in a stove pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover and let simmer for about 12-15 minutes, until most of the liquid is absorbed. Add in the frozen wild blueberries, chopped walnuts and maple syrup. Cook for a few more minutes, then remove from heat. Transfer to a bowl and mix in bananas. Serve, topped with your choice of topped bananas, nuts or fresh blueberries.
You can also make this the night before, store in the fridge, and heat up the next morning but adding a little bit more milk and warming over the stovetop. In this case, I’d add the bananas in the next morning.