Saturday, July 27, 2013

Lemon Blueberry Oatmeal

Today marks the start of my final week in the Midwest. I must say I'm eager to return to the East Coast and ride subways to my heart's desire. And eat brunch in the Upper West Side. And shop at Trader Joe's. And read in Central Park. And all that good stuff.


I enjoyed an excellent morning in Minnesota today, though. I visited the farmer's market, which is small but mighty. Only four vendors had set up under the picnic shelter of the lakeside park. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the selection this week. Despite only having four vendors, the variety was impressive:  fresh breads and baked goods, maple syrup and goodies made with it (maple butter!), and two "typical" produce vendors.


One of these vendors offered enormous containers of blueberries. "Ugh!" I exclaimed when I saw them. "I'm very upset. I just made oatmeal for breakfast and I had to use frozen blueberries. I should have come here first."

Naturally, I bought a pint, so prepare yourself for a slew of blueberry recipes. ;)

Lemon Blueberry Oatmeal

by The Oatmeal Artist
Prep Time: 2 min
Cook Time: 5 min
Ingredients (serves 1)
  • 1 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 1/2 cup regular rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • juice of one lemon (~3 tbsp), or 1/2 tsp lemon extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
Instructions
  1. Bring milk (I use 1/2 c almond milk and 1/2 c water) to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
  2. Mash the banana thoroughly and stir into oatmeal.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add lemon juice/extract and salt. Stir.
  4. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of your milk of choice, blueberries, and any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, nuts, etc.).
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7 comments:

  1. I legitimately thought about concocting this the other day; you beat me to it! I'll try it out ASAP!

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  2. Very tasty and freshing proposition :) I like it.

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  3. how do you propose I make this with fresh lemon juice?

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    1. Dear Anonymous, I used lemon juice instead of extract this morning. I ended up using 4x lemon juice. Results were phenomenal.

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  4. I think I'm an 'Oatmeal artist groupie!' - I only found your page a few weeks ago and I'm a big fan. Loved this recipe. I tried it this morning and wrote a blog post about it, and credited your page. Thanks again!!! And keep em delish recipes coming ... :) http://rugratchow.blogspot.com/2013/07/lemon-blueberry-oatmeal.html

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  5. Hi! I found you on pinterest. I saw in one recipe you suggested that unsweetened apple sauce could be used in place of bananas, would that be appropriate here? Can it be switched out in most recipes for a person with a severe banana allergy? If not applesauce what would you suggest?

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