Tuesday, November 1, 2011

4 Simple Steps to Create Awesome Tasting Oatmeal

While reading the college blogs over the past few weeks I noticed oatmeal was a hot topic.

Hack College had a post on what you can do with oats. Cooking.In.College shared a cool looking Raspberry Baked Oatmeal recipe. Big Girls Small Kitchen College posted  Oatmeal is Amazing. Even The Wall Street Journal got in on the action by including oatmeal as part of their "Best Way to Study" plan.

That’s a whole lotta oatmeal and a bunch of reasons to eat it!

I don’t know all the benefits oatmeal provides to our bodies but I do know that when I eat it for breakfast on weekdays, I’m less likely to go on a mid-morning snacking binge. I also know that for me it makes for an awesome first meal on weekends when I’m planning to head out for a run or do any kind of morning workout. It's like a high octane fuel for my body. 

I’m an instant oatmeal type of guy because it’s fast and I buy the plain regular stuff because I like to doctor it up myself. One of my favorite ways to do that is to add apple juice, ground cinnamon and raisins to it. 

Here’s the 4 steps I take in the morning to make my Apple Cinnamon and Raisin Oatmeal.
  1. Pour 1 packet of instant regular oatmeal into a bowl.
  2.  Add 2 tbsp of apple juice. Stir until liquid is absorbed by oatmeal
  3. Add a spoonful of brown sugar, a couple pinches of ground cinnamon and a handful of raisins
  4. Add a ¼ cup of boiling water to bowl and stir until oatmeal thickens.
On occasion I’ll also top ‘er off with a few sliced apples and almonds.

If you’re going to prepare this oatmeal concoction to fuel your body in the morning, you’ll need ground cinnamon. There is a way to get it on the cheap if your a student on a tight budget.

Team up with friends, roomies or housemates before you head to the grocery store. Buy a bag of ground cinnamon and split the cost and the cinnamon between you. You can get a set of empty spice containers for $1 at the Dollar store. Hmmm...that Dollar store name is really starting to make a lot of sense. Anyway, a little ground cinnamon goes a long way so there will be more than enough for the two, three or even four of you to share.

What breakfast fuels you in the morning?

Song Suggestion: For me, oatmeal is a morning food which makes me think of morning songs I love. One of those songs is Honor and Harmony by G.Love and Special Sauce. It has all the right lyrics and a nice groove for waking up in the morning.


  1. Thanks for the shout-out Brent! I really appreciate it :-)

    I notice oatmeal was a hot topic as well, this looks fantastic. I love apples in my hot cereal.

  2. No problem Meg!

    Thanks for the baked oatmeal recipe you shared on your blog. I've been wanting to try it and I think I finally have some time to make it this weekend. Looking forward to it!

  3. Hi Brent! Thanks so much for commenting on my blog. I'm SO glad that you did because it led me to yours! I love this blog and I'm reading a lot of your posts/watching the videos. You cover a lot of great topics and recipes. Can't wait to keep following :)

  4. Thanks Allison for leaving a comment and for checking out the blog. Very much appreciated!