Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sweet Potato Oatmeal Muffins

What do you do when a hurricane pummels your town and cancels school for four days? Bake. Bake all afternoon. Bake multiple batches of muffins and have your roommates taste-test for you.

Here's the result for you! These muffins are perfect for a healthy breakfast. They're sweet enough to be delicious and satisfying, but not overly sweet like traditional muffins. They are also free of refined sugars and flours. You're welcome!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Strawberry Mango Baked Oatmeal

You guys! A hurricane is coming straight at me! For someone who has lived her entire life in landlocked South Dakota, this weekend has been both exciting and nervewracking. At first, I was thrilled to experience the weak "leftovers" of the hurricane that the Northeast usually experiences (just so I could say I've been through a hurricane). However, the news quickly broke that we're not getting leftovers: we're getting the real deal.

Well, we're still waiting for the rain to start. It's windy and cloudy (it has been for days), but no storm yet. I was feeling kind of lazy today and didn't feel like putting this post together, but I finally decided I should give you one last recipe before the Frankenstorm. (It's possible you won't see another oatmeal recipe from me this week!)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Yogurt Oatmeal

Stupid easy: that's how I would describe this recipe. Essentially, you take the basic cooking instructions on the oatmeal carton. Then, you add your yogurt of choice. That's it. If you want to get fancy, you add some other stuff. Whatever stuff you want.

Now, let me be clear: yogurt in oatmeal is not everyone's cup of tea. In fact, the first time I tried it, I hated it. I used a very basic strawberry (dairy) yogurt, and the tartness of the yogurt really turned me off in the oatmeal. However, I know it's a genuinely popular concept (even my mom does it!), so I tried it again, except with nondairy yogurt.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Coconut Oatmeal with Strawberries and Chocolate Chips

How do you feel about chocolate chips for breakfast?

Like me, many of my followers are health-conscious. Therefore, I'm extremely curious about the general consensus on chocolate chips for breakfast. Most chips involve a myriad of unwelcome ingredients (ex: milk, sugar, hydrogenated oils). I've also seen a variety of brands make their chips vegan and/or "healthier" by using cocoa liquor instead of actual cocoa to flavor the chips. My current stock (from Trader Joe's) falls into that category, and although it doesn't necessarily impress me, I prefer it over some other sketchy brands I've seen.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookie Baked Oatmeal

What are your thoughts on sugar?

 Personally, I go out of my way to avoid sugar, especially when it's unnecessary or in large amounts (or both). I find that sugar not only rips my stomach apart, but makes my teeth feel gross and my tastebuds overwhelmed. I've learned to appreciate subtle sweetness (like the caramelization of roasted broccoli, for example) far more than the teeth-rotting sweetness of Mountain Dew (yuck).

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Variations on Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

It's mid-October, and pumpkin recipes are everywhere. If you're the type of person that loves this, then read ahead with glee! If you were beyond sick of the pumpkin posts on TasteSpotting and Food Gawker way back on September 1, then I apologize. Another (non-pumpkin-themed) post will be up on Saturday! :)

Here is a list of possible variations for my basic baked pumpkin oatmeal:

Pumpkin & Chocolate Chips:
Fold a handful of chocolate chips into the batter before pouring into ramekin and baking.

Pumpkin & Banana:
Reduce amount of pumpkin slightly (optional) and add sliced bananas into batter before pouring into ramekin and baking.

Pumpkin & Coconut:
Use coconut milk instead of almond milk, and top with shredded coconut; or, get fancy and swirl it.

Pumpkin Spice Latte:
Either replace half of the almond milk with brewed coffee, or mix in 1 tsp of instant coffee granules. 

Pumpkin & Peach:
Reduce amount of pumpkin slightly (optional) and add diced peaches before pouring into ramekin and baking.

Pumpkin & Chai:
Instead of pumpkin pie spice, use a rounded 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp ginger, 1/8 tsp cardamom, and 1/8 tsp allspice.

Pumpkin Green Monster:
Blend pumpkin puree with spinach or your other favorite green before mixing with other wet ingredients.

**You can also find hundreds of other oatmeal recipes (as well as tons of other meatless recipes) on my Pinterest account!  You can also like The Oatmeal Artist on Facebook. Thanks!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Sweet Potato Pie Baked Oatmeal

Well, I got a new laptop. I hate to admit it, but there was nothing functionally wrong with my other one. In fact, it was probably the best-working piece of technology I've owned for as long as I've been old enough to actually use technology. ;)

Why the switch? Well, a 17-inch, 10-pound laptop is not functional for someone who carries her laptop everywhere on her back. Not only is it painfully heavy to lug around, but it barely fits in my backpack! Each day that I had to stuff it into my backpack, the edges and corners got a little more scuffed. Ugh! My mother and I were clearly NOT thinking when we ordered that model.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Coconut Banana Baked Oatmeal

Today marks two months in New Jersey! It took a while, but I've definitely developed an affection for this interesting city. At first glance, yes, much of the area seems worn down and desolate. However, with a bit of optimism and a lot of exploring, I've found much to love about the area.

The hardest part about Newark, in my opinion, is that the restaurant scene is difficult to navigate. It boils down to two main problems: 1) Many of the restaurants are Spanish and Portugese places that serve nothing but meat and seafood, and 2) the restaurants that I really want to visit (coffee shops and cafes) are located in the business district, and are thus only open from 8-5. This is problematic when you consider I work from 7-6.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Coconut Pumpkin Swirl Baked Oatmeal

I apologize for the freakishly long name of this oatmeal. I normally try to avoid lengthy titles like that, but I couldn't resist. This is what this oatmeal had to be named.

This oatmeal was inspired by a wonderful experience at Amazing Thailand in Minneapolis, MN. Thai is one of my favorite cuisines, despite the fact that I only discovered it recently! At this particular restaurant, I ordered pineapple fried rice, but my friend ordered pumpkin-coconut curry. I was shocked at how delicious the combination was, and I've wanted to try it in oatmeal ever since.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pumpkin Nut Butter Oatmeal

It's so appalling to consider how I used to hate pumpkin. Why were my taste buds so worthless for twenty years?! Recently, I've been a fiend for anything and everything pumpkin.

I'm also a fiend of anything nut or nut butter related. I recently saw a pin for a recipe for pumpkin oatmeal topped with almond butter, and I quickly logged the idea on The List. (Unfortunately, I cannot find this recipe for the life of me. If you know what I'm talking about, please comment below so I can give inspiration credit to the original poster!)

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Pomegranate & Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

Got some extra cash to throw around? Buy a pomegranate!

The other day, I saw a fantastic recipe on Pinterest and Finding Vegan for Cocoa Nib and Pomegranate Overnight Oatmeal. I was immediately intrigued, but I knew I wouldn't be making it anytime soon; my typical budget does not allow for pricey pomegranates!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Apple Nut Butter Baked Oatmeal

My favorite snack ever is apples and peanut butter. I don't understand why people put caramel on apples. Gross! Peanut butter is ten times better.

So naturally, I really liked this oatmeal. Normally, I would just title this "Apple Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal." However, I went all out this week and bought ALMOND BUTTER for the first time! What a great combination! Still, I have absolutely no doubt that peanut butter would be magical, if not better than the almond butter. :)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Overnight Coconut Oatmeal

Want to enjoy the easiest, laziest oatmeal ever?

Take mason jar. Fill with coconut milk, oats, and chia seeds. Place in fridge. Sleep. Wake up. Eat.

Or, if you're feeling fancy, wake up, add chocolate chips, shredded coconut, fruit, and/or anything. Eat.

Coconut Overnight Oatmeal

by The Oatmeal Artist
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: Overnight
Ingredients (serves 1)
  • 2/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tsp liquid sweetener of choice (optional)
  • pinch of salt
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mason jar.
  2. Cover with lid and shake vigorously.
  3. Place in fridge for several hours or overnight.
  4. Eat from jar, or transfer to a bowl. Heat up, or leave cold (it's like pudding!). 
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**You can also find hundreds of other oatmeal recipes (as well as tons of other meatless recipes) on my Pinterest account!  You can also like The Oatmeal Artist on Facebook. Thanks!
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