Before flying home for Thanksgiving break (yes, Thanksgiving…I’m not getting baby brain over here…yet), Mister HHT and I were already in Dallas and had FABULOUS brunch date at BreadWinners in NorthPark. In addition to the scrumptious breakfast bread basket (slices of zucchini, pumpkin, and berry quickbread…not gluten-free but sometimes ya gotta live a little), we shared one of the BEST bowls of oatmeal in the world.
Topped with sliced banana, pecans, and raisins, we both looked at each other like wide-eyed little kids and released a collective, “Mmmmmm!”
Ever since that chilly Sunday in November, I cannot stop thinking of the chewy, comforting bowl of breakfast goodness I had that day. And Mister HHT keeps bringing it up, too.
Thus, over Christmas break in Knox Vegas, I started perfecting my own oatmeal bowls. If you’re one of my Instagram friends, you should have known this post was coming.
But really, y’all, it just doesn’t get any better than homemade oatmeal.
And the secret, my friends, is to kick it old school.
No papery packets that I survived on in college. No microwave.
One pot. One cup of oats. A few cups of liquid. And 20 minutes later, you’ve got a snow day breakfast, something grandma would have served you when you had a cold, something that’s like a sweater for your soul.
If this isn’t comfort food, I don’t know what is!
Before we get into how easy this breakfast (or lunch or dinner…anytime is oatmeal time in my books) is, let’s chat about oats for a moment.
Technically, oats are not paleo. How come, you may ask? They are a grain that is often in contact with gluten, thus they can contribute to inflammation, especially in the gut. They can contribute to a condition known as leaky gut, in which nutrients aren’t properly absorbed during the digestion process. Notice I say they can, not they always do...oats can make some people feel dynomite and others like doodoo (third grade teacher here, yes I say doodoo).
If you’re an oatmeal fanatic like myself yet want to embrace a paleoish diet, steel-cut is the way to go. They are the least processed and contain the most nutrients. I opt for organic ones that I can find in bulk bins at stores like Sprouts, Whole Foods, or even Kroger.
Oatmeal is also a fabulous source of soluble fiber, specifically beta-glucan which is linked to lowering cholesterol. One serving (about ¼ cup) has around 170 calories, 5 grams of fiber, 7 grams of protein, and a hefty chunk of iron (about 10% RDA).
While oats of any type fall into the paleo gray area (like dairy), I recommend you just try them out for yourself and let YOU be the judge. If you enjoy that steamy bowl of nostalgia as much as I do and feel normal after chowing down, I say you’re good to go to enjoy a bowl or two throughout the week. I’m not saying to eat it every day; I think it’s healthier to provide your body with a little more nutritional variation. Nonetheless, experiment on yourself. If your digestion and energy seem the same after eating oatmeal, I vote you keep enjoying it on occasion.
But I’m not giving you the green light to eat the sugary, processed, packaged stuff that comes in ridiculous flavors like chocolate chip, cinnamon roll, honey bun, and, my personal favorite, color-changing dinosaur eggs! Goodness gracious, please don’t eat that!
Go for the clean stuff. Steel-cut. No added sugar. No added anything! Just the canister or bulk bag of oats.
If I’m going to the effort to boiling a pot of oatmeal, I always make extra, and this recipe will! Bring 3 cups of liquid (I usually mix unsweetened almond milk and water) to a bowl, pour in 1 cup of oats, stir, and reduce to a simmer. Give it a good stir every now and then, making sure you scrape the bottom of the pot to make sure those oats don’t cling to the bottom for dear life (they will try, I promise). This pot will make enough to serve four normal appetites or 3 pregnant appetites.
You could easily double the recipe, too, and have oatmeal for the week.
And toppings…oh the possibilities! Diced apples and walnuts, cranberry sauce and granola, dried coconut and chocolate chips, blackberries and lemon zest…oatmeal- get in my belly!
Alright gang, it’s time for me to head back to my classroom filled with my third graders. But I feel more ready to take them on with a bowl full of this goodness in my tummy! Scoop up a bowl for yourself and be well!
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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