How to Make Seriously Good Oatmeal

A morning: You wake up cold, slog down some slimy oat thing, mutter your way through getting dressed, and slump into first period with about as much joy as Sauron felt while Barad-Dur crumbled.

Oatmeal should not be a dreaded, dismal glop!  Take breakfast back with this easy, mouthwatering recipe.

(The pictures are a little wonky because I took them on school mornings when it was dark outside and the indoor lighting was yellowy and I was sleep-fuzzled).

Spiced Apple Oats
1 apple
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
dash cinnamon
pinch ginger
5-10 blueberries
toppings (see below recipe)

Core the apple and chop it into teeny tiny itsy bitsy pieces.  (Just don't chop your fingers, please.)  Alternately, you could grate the apple or pulse it in a food processor.  The goal is not applesauce, but tiny bits.
Stir all ingredients except toppings in a microwave-safe bowl.  Cover loosely (I use a paper towel).
Microwave for one minute, stir. Microwave for another minute.  Stir.  Microwave for thirty seconds.  Stir.  Add toppings.

It takes a lot of confidence to let the whole internet know that
you take selfies in your fuzzy pjs while displaying oatmeal.

Suggested toppings:
banana/banana chips
nut butter
pear slices
pumpkin seeds
dark chocolate
tahini (I've been playing around with tahini recently.  Take heed of its bitterness, but it adds something really awesome)

My go-to topping combination is a generous gloop of peanut butter, sliced banana, and handful of whatever berries are in my fridge.  Some other fantastic combinations are:
banana, cashew butter, pumpkin seeds, grapes
banana (I basically put banana on/with everything), peanut butter, strawberry jam, strawberries
pear, mixed nuts, blueberries

You can chop the apple ahead of time.  This is particularly helpful for a school morning when you need to get breakfast ready in a short amount of time.
Make sure you use a deep bowl or you'll be cleaning oats out of your microwave after they boil over!
When adding nut butter, tahini, or chocolate, put it on right after the oats come out of the microwave so it gets warm and melty.

I can't close this post with reminding everyone(all four of you, wheee) IT'S VALENTINE'S WEEK! Search "valentine's" on The Blergh for recipes and silly Valentine's Day stuff, or click this link, where I've already done the searching for you.
Happy Valentine's Day and happy other days!

World peace and love,
Heather <3

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