Monday, January 14, 2013

"Cookie Dough" Oatmeal

Cookie Dough + Oatmeal - Salmonella = Yummy Breakfast!

In trying to eat cleaner, I've been eating a lot of Oatmeal for breakfast. It's filling, it's yummy, and you can change it up a million different ways. (Except when you try it this way, there's no going back!) On super-healthy days, I sweeten it with agave, and top it with bananas & cinnamon. Or maybe some slivered almonds. But of course, we all have days where we crave something just a little bit naughty, despite not wanting to completely fall off the wagon. And this is what I do on those mornings!

I am no recipe-ist, so if you want more calculated, accurate recipes...you might want to check out Chocolate Covered Katie (she is amazing, if you didn't already know), or some other actual recipe blog. Otherwise, you're getting the "this is what worked for me", version.

And the short version? The secret is vanilla.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Oatmeal

Here we go!

Cookie Dough Oatmeal
1 cup oats
1-3/4 to 2 cups water
1 tspn salt
1 tbsn butter
2 tbspns brown sugar (more if you've got a sweeter tooth, or use agave if you want to be healthier!)
1/2 to 1 tspn vanilla
Topping options: chocolate chips, cinnamon, milk (I like vanilla almond milk), nuts of any kind, peanut butter, raisins, etc.

Mix the first three ingredients in a pot on the stove, and bring to a boil. Boil and stir until the water cooks down and the oatmeal gets thick. When you get to this point, turn the heat down to medium-low, and stir in the rest of the ingredients, except for the toppings.

I like to add my toppings right into my own bowl. This is nice, too, because if you make a bigger batch, people can make their own kind of cookie dough flavor! This serving size is usually a good amount for me and my 1.5 year old. When my husband is eating too, I use 2 cups of oats, and about 3 cups of water. I don't really know....fudge it around, I told you I'm not exact! The pressure!!!

So here's what I've kinda mapped out....

For Sugar Cookies: Eat with no toppings, or with a sprinkle of your fav type of sugar on top.
For Snickerdoodle Cookies: Sprinkle cinnamon on top, or cinnamon sugar mix. (I trust you know how to make your own. Come on now.)
For Chocolate Chip Cookies: Chocolate chips, duh! I like to stir a few into the oatmeal, to get all gooey and melty, and then put the rest all over the top.
For Peanut Butter Cookies: Stir in a tablespoon or so of peanut butter. Yum!
For Oatmeal Raisin Cookies: Add raisins, and maybe a dash of cinnamon.
For Coconut Macaroons: Add in lots of shredded coconut, and if you like the chocolate-dipped or drizzled kind, add a few chocolate chips in, too.

The possibilities are endless, people! Just make sure that your base oatmeal has some butter, vanilla, and brown sugar...and you're golden. Remember that none of these are going to taste exactly like cookie dough. They are yummy breakfasty replacements!

And of course, this isn't the cleanest oatmeal you'll ever eat....but this is quite the upgrade from say...pancakes, donuts, or big carby muffins when you're craving something sweet for breakfast. Enjoy!

What combo do you think sounds the best?

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