Breakfast is my favorite thing. I literally go to bed thinking about what I’m going to eat the next morning, and even wake up early for it. Like 5:45 am early.
I think the reason I first fell in love with breakfast in middle school was the freedom it came with. It was the first meal that I was completely free to eat what I wanted, especially since I woke up before everyone else and no one could judge my choices. Admittedly, the craziest thing I did back then was mix Cascadian Farms Multigrain Squares with Honey Bunches of Oats to create the ultimate mixture of my favorite two cereals, but the idea of freedom was still there.
I found all these really interesting breakfast recipes and vowed to cook them for myself on the weekends, but I always fell back to cereal when the time came, mostly because I wake up famished and there is no waiting for a meal to be cooked. I was obsessed with cereal. Especially with those multigrain squares, which you need to buy immediately if you have never tried them. They have this fantastic toasty, whole grain taste that is only slightly sweet, and they take on the perfect softness in milk.
Anyway, then I hit a health phase where I decided I could no longer eat cereal because I wanted to “eat clean”, meaning I cut out processed foods from my diet, like white sugar. To replace it, I began eating oatmeal. I used to despise oatmeal because I associated it with that gross mucusy slop served at hotel breakfast buffets, but I was determined to like it because I had read a lot about it. The blogging world is pretty obsessed with oatmeal.
I’m glad I persevered, because now oatmeal is my new favorite breakfast food. I soak my oats overnight so that they are nicely plumped by the next morning, then pop it in the microwave for a steaming bowl of mushy goodness. My favorite combination is bananas, blueberries and nut-butter, because the bananas melt in the microwave and the blueberries explode in the heat, making the whole thing the right amount of sweet with no added sugar.
Obviously you can do whatever combination of fruit and other toppings that you want. Check out The Oatmeal Artist if you need inspiration.
My Favorite Oatmeal
1/3 cup oats
1/3-1/2 cup soy milk or other milk
1 banana, sliced
1 tbsp natural peanut butter/almond butter
The night before you plan on eating it, gently mix together all the ingredients in a bowl. The next morning, microwave it for 1 min 20 seconds, mix it up to mush the banana and peanut butter into everything, then enjoy!