Recipes on September 26, 2008 by

Beyond Brown Sugar

These days, one would be hard pressed to find a person who does not know that oats are a nutritionally superior grain. Whole grain oats offer a myriad of benefits with their fiber and protein, with the most touted benefit being their effectiveness in lowering cholesterol.

More and more these days, people are trying new things with their oatmeal. I keep happening upon wonderful new combinations that I had previously never considered when thinking of oatmeal. Even working at Bob’s Red Mill, where I am surrounded by

oats, I look at oatmeal and think only to add milk, brown sugar, flaxseed meal, and – if I’m feeling decadent- dried fruit and nuts, but that’s about as far as it goes.

Friends, there is a world of people thinking outside of the ‘bowl’ when it comes to oats. Here are just a few that I felt were particularly creative and delicious (not to mention pretty darn nutritious, too). Enjoy~

Kath from

Kath Eats Real Food is continually trying new things with her oatmeal. Sunny Side Oats are topped with a sunnyside-up egg, avocado, goat cheese, Swiss cheese and cooked wheat berries for an extra whole grain boost. Protein packed and full of whole grains, what more could you ask for in the morning?

Jenna from

Eat, Live, Run tops her oats with peanut butter, maple syrup, cinnamon and sliced banana. Peanut butter and bananas, oh my!

Susan, from

FatFree Vegan made my mouth water with her Apple-Spice Steel-Cut Oats and Cherry Pie Steel-Cut Oats. Is this breakfast or dessert?

Finally, perfect for fall,

oatmeal cooked with pumpkin, ginger and cinnamon– practically autumn in a bowl.


Joe says:

I love oatmeal. I would have a hard time finding a way to avoid breaking the new food pyramid guideline of three servings of whole grains per day. I eat way more than that during the winter. During the summer it is different, when I can go the produce market often.

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