I grew up loving packets of instant oatmeal. My favorites were the Strawberries and Cream and Peaches and Cream(great, now that song will be stuck in me head all day). Unfortunately, a single little packet has 12 grams of sugar. That is about 3 teaspoons of sugar, or 1/3 of the sugar an adult should have in a day. And I remember eating at least 2 packets at a time.
Right after Biddi was born, I craved oatmeal all the time! It must have been mother nature looking out for the baby because it definitely increased my milk supply. I found that I had outgrown the packets, but I still added honey or brown sugar to the basic oatmeal recipe to make it more palatable.
When Biddi started eating solids and I stopped eating added sugars, my tastebuds adjusted to real food and I started craving oatmeal again. It is heart-healthy and keeping it basic makes the simple flavors shine. I use a longer cooking time to make the oatmeal creamier, instead of adding a milk or plant-based milk. The longer cooking time also brings out the sugars in the fruit, without needing to add any sugars to the recipe. The fruit and oatmeal combination makes for a filling breakfast because of all the great fiber. And everyone loves it- YUM.
I tried a every different type and brands of oatmeal and I found I really like the Bob’s Red Mill ones for the getting a cream-style oatmeal without adding cream. Instead of cooking for 10 minutes, I like to cook at a lower heat for about 15 minutes. If the Red Mill brand isn’t available, I also like old fashioned Quaker Oats with half water, half plant-based milk. After experimenting I have found a recipe I am loving right now- it only has 3 ingredients and takes about 20 minutes, once the water boils.
Strawberry and Peaches Oatmeal Recipe (serves 4)
1 Cup Oatmeal
1/2 Quart Strawberries (about 1 LB)
Frozen Organic Peaches, thawed for 10 minutes and cubed
First, remove the peaches from the freezer to thaw.
Boil 3 Cups Water on medium-low heat*The package instructions say to add a pinch of salt, but I find it doesn’t need any salt
Wash and dice the strawberries(about 5 medium strawberries per person).
When the water boils, add the oatmeal and keep the heat on medium-low for about 15 minutes. Check every couple of minutes to make sure it isn’t boiling too vigorously.
After the peaches have had a chance to thaw a bit, chop them into pieces about the same size as the strawberries.
Add the fruit to the oatmeal and let it remain on the medium-low heat until the peaches are warmed through and no longer frozen, about 5 minutes.