Saturday, February 8, 2014

Oatmeal Recipes for Salty-Sweet Lovers

Almost an entire three months ago, someone asked me on the train if I preferred salty or sweet (we had been discussing food for several stops). I paused, and then said salty. My roommate/friend/coworker responded, "Really? You seem like you're more of a sweet person. All your oatmeal recipes are sweet." I considered that, and the question has been haunting me since November.

I finally realized that I like both equally. In fact, I'm one of those people that adore salty-sweet combinations. Pretzels dipped in chocolate? YES. Pineapple on my (cheeseless) pizza? YES. Cranberries in my sauteed brussels sprouts? Absolutely. Salt on my oatmeal?


If you're a fan of the salty-sweet combos like me, here are five of my favorite salted oatmeal recipes! Have you tried them all yet?

Oatmeal Recipes for Salty-Sweet Lovers

This will sound dramatic, but I do believe this recipe is the Holy Grail of
my blog. Even if it is no longer the most popular post, I still think it was one of
the first ideas I had that took my creations from "basic" to "trendy and creative."
You must try this if you haven't. Just make sure you try the updated version; it's
been vastly improved!

I love, love, love this recipe and wish I bought apples more often just
so I could make it. I've learned that almost whenever you combine maple syrup with salt,
you're bound to end up with a masterpiece. This is Exhibit A.

This recipe was not originally intended to be salty. I was initially just planning
on making a chocolate pear porridge, but if you follow this blog, you know that I simply
despise pears, so this recipe was doomed from the start (at least by my taste buds).
Unsurprisingly, I was disappointed in the results. Unwilling to settle for an unsatisfactory oatmeal
experience, I sprinkled some salt on top. BAM. Problem solved. That minuscule pinch of salt
took this recipe from a C- to a solid A.

During the holiday season, I experimented with chestnuts in oatmeal. After
discovering that they lacked in any sort of groundbreaking flavor, I gave it the pear
treatment (AKA mixing it with chocolate and topping it with salt--duh!). Once again,
problem solved.

This recipe sticks out a bit on this post due to the fact that it's the only one
not topped with salt. Instead, it incorporates a savory ingredient--(veggie) sausage--that
truly makes it a stellar dish. Whenever I make this, I make a billion servings' worth
so I can eat it for breakfast AND lunch for an entire week (I'm only slightly exaggerating).

Which do you prefer: salty, sweet, or salty/sweet?

    **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!


    1. I LOVE salty/sweet combinations! I completely agree that maple syrup and salt is a magical combination. And the greatest pairing of all time - peanut butter and chocolate - is also a salty/sweet mix.
      I've tried two from this list: Salted Apple, Maple & Pecan Oatmeal, and Apple & Veggie Sausage Oatmeal. They were both amazing!

      1. Don't even get me started on peanut butter and chocolate. THE. BEST.

    2. Hello Lauren,
      If you get a chance would you drop me an email? I have some oatmeal (or porridge as I call it) secrets that I wish to share with you.
      Love the blog. Great flavour combinations. Especially love pear and chocolate.
      Hamish (a fellow oat enthusiast)


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