Sunday, February 21, 2010

My favorite way to eat oatmeal

I love nuts but I love nut butters even more. It is always my go to for a quick snack or a quick dessert! It kills any craving I may be experiencing. I have tons of jars in my pantry/fridge, all kinds of brands, some flavored and some plain. I think my parents "think" I'm a bit crazy when it comes to nut butters! I keep ordering them online because the deals have been really good and I can't pass it up! Every day a new package is at my door. LOL. If I had to choose my favorite brand it is a toss up between Barney Butter and this new almond butter from Trader Joe's. Although Naturally Nutty has some really good butters too!

This TJ's Almond butter is creamy and a great nutty taste/texture. Some almond butters get really hard to spread when kept in the fridge, but not this almond butter. It is perfect! What is more perfect is when the jar is almost EMPTY and all you could really do is scrap it with a spoon.. Well someone by the name of Heather (I think she is the one that came up with it!), came up with a clever idea to eat your warm oatmeal out of your almond butter jar. How smart is that? Everyone is doing it now! I fell in love when I first tried it and always look forward to that barely empty jar. Maybe that is why I buy so many jars of almond butter, so I can have a lot of oats in a jar!

My oatmeal recipe is pretty simple: 40g of old fashion oats, 2/3 of almond milk, 1/3 water, 1/2 a sliced banana, tablespoon of flaxseed, and a dash of cinnamon.

Cook on a medium- low heat and stir frequently. The oats will become creamy once the liquid has cooked off and you know they are ready!

Sometimes I change up my add-ins like adding in brown rice protein powder, cocoa powder, pureed pumpkin, chia seeds, and/or dried fruit etc. It depends on my mood. My topping is ALWAYS a scoop of some type of nut butter, I love how it melts into the oats and makes each spoonful rich and tasty. Once the oats are cooked, I thought a spoonful of some apricot all-fruit preserves would be a nice touch with the banana in the oats and almond butter. It was a good choice! Once I finished this I thought some shredded coconut would of been nice as well but it was already too late!

I can't wait for my next oats in a jar! If you haven't tried it yet, do it! Guess who is working 7 days straight with probably only 1 day off?

Have a great week,


Bob said...

That's a great idea, I'm going to steal it. :)

Katrina said...

I've seen the oats in the pb jar, too, but haven't tried it yet and I have oats (or yogurt/granola) pretty much every day. I've got to try it. Although, sadly (well, not too sadly) I JUST finished a jar of Naturally More PB, but didn't think of this and scraped the jar clean with a spoon!)
I will try this for sure. (I LOVE all the nut butters out there, too!)
Trying to play catch up on blogs today. I'm 11 posts behind on yours. Ugh. I hate when my reader gets that full.
Have a good work week!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

I haven't tried a lot of different nut butters ... in Canada the selection is quite limited. I can't wait to make my first trip to Trader Joe's and Whole Foods in April when I go to New York for the first time!!!

Unknown said...

Your oatmeal sounds amazing. I love TJs crunchy unsalted peanut butter, simple as that!

Pam said...

Wish I would have had this for breakfast!

creampuff said...

I love nut butter and I love oatmeal even more. This is a great recipe ... I wish more people would eat oatmeal. Hope you inspire them!

Fallon said...

I love oatmeal too! It such a filling and satisfying meal. I hope I can inspire them as well. ;)

sharibecht said...

Oh wow that looks good Fallon!

Robin Sue said...

That is a great way to get the rest of that goodness out of the jar. I love all your add in ideas for oatmeal. I do get tired of the same old thing. So thanks for the tips Fallon.

PS I am praying for you know who's safety!!