3 easy oatmeal bowls

During the winter months, I find myself craving something warm and hearty in my belly to start off the day. Sleeping becomes high priority and breakfast takes a backseat to a lengthy morning commute.

A hearty bowl of oatmeal is high in vitamin B1 and contains a good amount of vitamins B2 and E. Prep these bowls the night before and give yourself some “breakfast love”!

Peanut Butter and Banana Oatmeal

1/3 cup large-flake oatmeal
1 tbsp natural chunky peanut butter
1/2 banana, chopped
1/2 oz dark chocolate chunks/chips (about 1 tbsp)

Assemble oatmeal, peanut butter, banana and chocolate in sealable container. Pour 1/2 cup boiling water over top; cover with lid. Let stand 10 minutes. Stir to combine.


Pear and Almond Oatmeal

1/3 cup large-flake oatmeal
1/2 pear, diced
1 tsp butter
1 tsp liquid honey
1/4 tsp vanilla
Pinch each cinnamon and salt
1 tbsp sliced almonds

Combine oatmeal, pear, butter, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Pour 1/2 boiling water over top; seal container. Let stand 10 minutes. Stir to combine; sprinkle with almonds.


For a weekend treat…

Fruity Steel-Cut Oatmeal for 2

The natural sweetness of the apple juice and dried fruit takes the place of any sugar that would be added to help flavour this hearty breakfast.

1/2 cup steel-cut oats
1/3 cup apple juice
1 tbsp dried cherries
1 tbsp raisins
1 tbsp dried cranberries
1/4 cup milk

In small saucepan over medium heat, cook oats, apple juice, 1/3 cup of water, dried cherries, raisins and dried cranberries, stirring occasionally, until oatmeal has softened, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Other possible add-ins include maple syrup, fruit preserves, nuts, shredded coconut, frozen fruit, yogurt and Nutella.

How do you like to eat your oatmeal?