I'm also pretty obsessed with oats which is nothing new but I've lately taken to oat bran. A bowl of oat bran dressed up with healthy fats and fruit toppings is so delish; I don't even miss the added sugar. Since before Christmas, I gave up all added sugar. I bought brown rice syrup and ditched the coconut sugar and maple syrup for a while and I did actually feel great. Now that I'm planning out meals and counting calories, I've added back a little maple syrup in small portions. One cup of unsweetened yogurt is no sugar and is a pretty decent breakfast when I add toppings. So, experiment with different yogurts, check out what's on sale or ask around to see what your friends and family buy. I love the So Delicious brand of dairy-free yogurt and ice cream.
If you've not given oats a try in the kitchen, now is the time to start because it's freezing and there is nothing better than a warm bowl of oats in the morning.
My basic oatmeal recipe is:
1/2 cup of rolled oats, oat bran or steel cut oats
3/4 cup of water (enough to cover the oats)
A few splashes of milk to make it creamy
Add the oats and liquids to a small pan and turn the heat on medium. It won't take long for the oats to absorb the water and milk so keep stirring. Turn off the heat before the oatmeal gets too thick and then pour into a bowl. Add one or all of the following (and these are just suggestions):
Maple syrup or coconut sugar
I love adding peanut butter and maybe a banana-that is my very basic recipe but lately I've added Bare Snacks coconut chips and a few berries. You can also add cinnamon and a protein powder or acai powder. You can flavor your oats with vanilla or by mixing in cacao powder.
Try to buy unsweetened yogurt with as little ingredients as possible. Avoid brands with carrageen, a controversial ingredient that may cause some health problem. Make sure if the ingredients include corn starch that it is organic. When buying soy yogurt, make sure it's organic since soy is usually GMO. A good yogurt should have milk, maybe a little sugar or fruit juice, the yogurt cultures derived from plants and maybe a thickener agent. Send me an email if you have any questions firstname.lastname@example.org