4 Ways To Spice Up Your Morning Oatmeal

Sunrise Senior Eats  |  January 15, 2015
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Oatmeal is a go-to breakfast food for many seniors, but the dish can get boring if you prepare it the same way every time. The good news is that there are lots of creative ways to spice up your morning oatmeal without losing any of the nutritional benefits. Here are four ways to put a new spin on your favorite breakfast and start your day off right.

1. Creamy strawberry oatmeal
This recipe is especially great when you can use fresh strawberries. The frozen variety will work in the off-season, but make sure you try this oatmeal during the summer too!

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. strawberry jam
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup diced strawberries

Directions
In a medium saucepan, combine all the ingredients. Stir well, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower the temperature so the ingredients begin to simmer, then cook for five minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Serve immediately, topped with a few extra strawberry slices.

2. Slow cooker banana nut oatmeal
For those that love the taste of warm banana bread, you're sure to enjoy this oatmeal recipe. It uses a slow cooker to really infuse the flavors into the oats, and there'll be enough oatmeal for a few mornings' worth of breakfasts.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • Brown sugar and banana slices for garnish

Directions
Place all the ingredients except the garnishes into a slow cooker and stir until well combined. Cook your oatmeal overnight on low heat for eight hours. In the morning, stir the oatmeal again, then transfer into bowls. Garnish with brown sugar and banana slices, then enjoy!

3. Chocolate banana chia oatmeal
If you've never heard of chia seeds, you may be surprised to learn they're an awesome source of antioxidants, fiber, fatty acids and protein. They've also been shown to help regulate blood sugar and boost energy levels. Try this delicious chocolaty oatmeal recipe to experience the benefits of chia seeds!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup traditional oats
  • 1 tsp. cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 ripe banana, chopped

Directions
In a small bowl, mix together oats, cocoa powder, chia seeds and cinnamon. Pour in the almond milk and vanilla, then whisk together until there aren't any clumps. Mix in the banana slices, then place in the fridge overnight. In the morning, transfer your oatmeal into a microwavable dish, heat for one minute, then eat up!

4. Quick and easy banana coconut oatmeal
When you're pinched for time, this oatmeal recipe is definitely the way to go. In just a few minutes, you'll whip up a breakfast that's both nutritious and tasty.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 ripe banana, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. shredded coconut
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

Directions
Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add in the remaining ingredients, then lower the heat to medium-low. Let the mixture simmer for two or three minutes, until the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and serve with a little bit of milk or brown sugar. In just a few minutes flat, you'll have a breakfast that will keep you energized all through the morning.