1. Get ingredients and cooking tools ready. For my oatmeal, I usually have the following:

  • Ingredients:
    • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
    • 1/2 cup milk + 1/2 cup water
    • 1 medium banana
    • vanilla extract + cinnamon
    • toasted almonds + toasted coconut
    • some sort of dried fruit
  • Tools
    • 1 small sauce pan
    • Spatula

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2. Add oatmeal, water and milk to sauce pan. Turn stove to “medium.” Give the pan a quick swirl to make sure all the oats are covered by liquid.

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3. Let oatmeal cook until it starts to bubble – about 3 minutes

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4. Stir a couple times and allow oatmeal to bubble for another minute or so, stirring occasionally, until you pull back the oatmeal with a spatula and the oatmeal stays in place. (If you like creamier oats, just don’t cook as long.)

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5. Turn stove off and remove pan from burner. Add in dash of cinnamon and vanilla, then stir to combine.

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6. Transfer oatmeal to serving bowl.

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7. Lick spatula. (optional)

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8. Slice bananas on top

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9. Top with dried fruit

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10. Sprinkle on toasted almonds & coconut

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11. Drizzle with maple syrup

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12. Enjoy ;)

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Notes:

  • Instead of slicing a banana on top at the end, you can add it into your pot when you add the milk and water to the oats. The riper the banana – the sweeter the oatmeal!
  • To toast almonds: place almonds on a microwave safe plate and cook for 1 minute. Stir and cook for another 10-30 seconds, or until they are golden brown.
  • To toast coconut: place coconut on microwave safe plate and cook in increments of 10-12 seconds, stirring the coconut between each increment. Watch closely, as coconut tends to burn easily!
  • Other delicious toppers & add-ins: pumpkin, graham crackers, walnuts, granola, other cereal, apple, pear, peanut butter, almond butter.

Time Saving Tips:

1. On Sundays:

  • Toast enough coconut and almonds for the entire week. Measure out one portion servings of each and place together in tupperware or plastic baggies.
  • Measure out one portion servings of oatmeal and place in tupperware or plastic baggies.

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2. Night before:

  • Combine 1/2 cup water and 1/2 milk in a tupperware container.
  • Cut up dried fruit and place in tupperware or plastic baggies.

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3. Other tips: keep spices/flavorings like syrup, vanilla and cinnamon in a cabinet next to, or near your stove. Then you just have to reach up, use them and place them right back!

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