This Week in Oatmeal 06/25/2016

Every Saturday, I gather oatmeal recipes from around the web from the previous 1-3 weeks, as well as outstanding Instagram photos. These posts may grow or evolve as time passes. Please feel free to give your feedback in the comments section!

This week’s theme is vegetables! 🌽

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Choco-Blueberry Almond Granola

As I mentioned in my only other granola post, I’m not much of a granola eater. Don’t get me wrong–it’s freaking delicious. Unfortunately, my intestines are not a fan. Even sampling the recipes I make is enough to torment my tummy. 😭 Yowww.

In that post, I implied that I was not likely to being publishing granola recipes on here. Making granola often requires me to eat granola, and, like I said before, “Yowww.” Luckily for you, mi novio💕 is a big fan of my granola, so I guess I’ll just be trying out new recipes occasionally for him to try and you to read about. Everyone wins! Except me. 😜

Choco-Blueberry Almond Granola by the #OatmealArtist #Vegan

Of course, mi novio💕 is also a picky eater. No cashews. No pecans. And absolutely NO coconut. I like the challenge, though; it forces me to be creative! This is the first time I’ve used chocolate in granola. I know it’s not a groundbreaking discovery (many have done it before me), but it’s new for me. I thought maybe it would make it more fun for him since I also included dried blueberries, and I honestly had no idea how he would react to that. I think dried fruit scares him. 😉 Continue reading


Citrus Butternut Squash Oatmeal with Orange Marmalade

I love combining citrus with hearty produce like sweet potato or winter squash. It adds so much brightness, making porridges like this acceptable year-round, not just in November.

Citrus Butternut Squash Oatmeal with Orange Marmalade #OatmealArtist

I highly recommend using a fresh lemon. This oatmeal is actually pretty simple in terms of ingredients, and the lemon is the primary flavoring. That means you want it to be stellar, and we all know that fresh lemon juice is unquestionably better than bottled. Plus, only a fresh lemon can give you zest, and fresh lemon zest elevates any dish.
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Muddy Buddies Oatmeal

Or Puppy Chow Oatmeal. Or Monkey Munch Oatmeal. My family called it puppy chow, but I think it’s more widely known as muddy buddies, so that’s what I’ll name it.

Muddy Buddies Oatmeal by the Oatmeal Artist #Vegan

Whatever you know it as, it’s the same thing: a “Chex”-type cereal coated in peanut butter and melted chocolate, and then tossed in powdered sugar. How did I turn this into “healthy” oatmeal? I didn’t. I tried, and it didn’t work. This is one of those go-for-it-or-pick-a-different-recipe kind of posts. Continue reading


This Week in Oatmeal 06/18/2016

Every Saturday, I gather oatmeal recipes from around the web from the previous 1-3 weeks, as well as outstanding Instagram photos. These posts may grow or evolve as time passes. Please feel free to give your feedback in the comments section!

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Morning loves. Today’s sports day and so I have decided to make myself the thing that fuels me best – porridge. Hope I win at absolutely everyth-I mean spend quality time with my teammates … Yeah! Sorry , I am really competitive. Its nice to win … You know? #colouryourplate #wholefoodplantbased#eattothrive #veganbowl #ieatplants#cleanfoodporn#carbsmakeyoufat #breakfastcriminals #eattothrive #plantfuel #vegangoodness #cleanfuel #plantbasedliving#veganforhealth#veganeatz#veganfoodlover#carbthefup #fitfoodporn #oatmealartist#cleanvegan#powerbyplants #simplevegan#whatveganseatforbreakfast#porridgeoats #fruityourself#porridgelove #veganforeverrawtillwhenever#vegannoms#beautifulbreakfast#rawtillwhenever

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Product Review: Matcha Marketplace Oatmeal

I’m really excited to share this new product I had the opportunity to try this week. Considering my slow acceptance of matcha, I was eager to try out these premade oatmeal packets by Matcha Marketplace. My variety pack featured Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry Coconut, and Cranberry Walnut–all with matcha!

Matcha Marketplace Oatmeal - Variety

How cute is this packaging? I love the clear packets and the intricate layering of all the ingredients. Charming! Speaking of ingredients, when you order the packets online, you can choose either “brown sugar added” or “no sugar added,” giving you an extra layer of control over your purchase. That being said, the product I sampled included brown sugar and I found it to be a very subtle sweetness, so I say go for the sugar! And yes, the oats they use are certified gluten-free.

Matcha Marketplace Oatmeal

Blueberry Coconut Matcha Oatmeal –> buy!

Ingredients: Dried Blueberries, Coconut, Gluten Free Oats, Brown Sugar (available without), Matcha

Matcha Marketplace Oatmeal - Blueberry Coconut

Review: This one is my favorite. I think coconut and matcha are meant to be together, so this flavor combo was destined to be my favorite of the three. I thought that the blueberry and coconut flavors enhanced the matcha best out of the three flavors. I topped mine with Earth Balance coconut-peanut spread and loved the combo. I think the richness of coconut makes this not need much sweetness at all.

Cranberry Walnut Matcha Oatmeal –> buy!

Ingredients: Cranberries, Walnuts, Gluten Free Oats, Brown Sugar (available without), Matcha

Matcha Marketplace Oatmeal - Cranberry Walnut

Review: I wasn’t expecting much from this since I have never considered a dried cranberry capable of giving off much flavor, but I was wrong. It tasted like cranberries! And not like they had added fake cranberry flavor–it tasted like it was infused gently by the dried cranberries. That being said, this one wasn’t quite as fruity and flavorful as the blueberry and coconut one, and matcha flavor didn’t come through as much, either. This cranberry and walnut version is great with some maple syrup drizzled on top, or maybe some luscious walnut butter!

Apple Cinnamon Matcha Oatmeal  –> buy!

Ingredients: Dried Apples, Cinnamon Chips (contains dairy), Gluten Free Oats, Brown Sugar (available without), Matcha

Matcha Marketplace Oatmeal - Apple Cinnamon

Review: Full disclosure–I couldn’t review this authentically because the cinnamon chips contain nonfat milk powder. However, the packets are dry and easy to pick apart, so I literally just took out all the cinnamon chips and replaced them with a dash of regular cinnamon. I was surprised at the idea of combining cinnamon with matcha, but it actually worked! The cinnamon admittedly masked the matcha, but they didn’t conflict. The dried apples also flavored the oatmeal more than the dried cranberries. For those of you who say you don’t like dried apples, they lose that creepy “squeaky” texture when you cook them and feel like regular apples. This one didn’t need any more sweetener. I topped it with almond butter.

Matcha Marketplace Oatmeal - Pack

Tips from The Oatmeal Artist:

  • We all know that packaged oatmeal is always smaller in volume that homemade oatmeal. You can plump it up with grated zucchini without altering the fabulous flavor of the product (this is what I did)! You could also add applesauce or grated apple to the Apple Cinnamon Matcha Oatmeal.
  • It’s easy to add fresh fruit to these products. For example, if you have fresh blueberries, why not throw them on top of your Blueberry Coconut Matcha Oatmeal?
  • This would make a great way to introduce yourself to matcha and matcha oatmeal, as opposed to dropping $20 on entire tub of matcha powder before you even know if you like it! Plus, the matcha in these recipes is very subtle, so it’s much less intimidating than ordering a matcha latte. 🙂
  • You could probably make this as an overnight oatmeal, but you would want to pick out the nuts and add them right before serving. Letting walnuts soak in liquid overnight gives them a sad and gritty texture, not the satisfying crunch we expect.
  • This oatmeal would be delicious flooded with steamed milk! See my London Fog Oatmeal for an example.
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Cinnamon Raisin PB2

Does this oatmeal look familiar to you?

Cardamom Butternut Squash Oatmeal with Cinnamon Raisin PB2

It should! It’s actually Monday’s Cardamom Butternut Squash Oatmeal. In the post, I mentioned that this porridge goes beautifully with cinnamon raisin peanut butter. While using PB&Co is the obvious choice, you can also make your own with PB2! This came in handy last week when I wanted to top this oatmeal with cinnamon raisin peanut butter, but I had just finished my jar of it. Then I remembered I could recreate it with PB2.  Continue reading


Cardamom Butternut Squash Oatmeal

My life has transformed into a series of “What else can I throw cardamom into?!” Now that hot chocolate season is over (i.e. my apartment sits pretty consistently at 120 degrees F), my obsession with cardamom hot cocoa has taken a vay-cay and left me scrambling for a new addiction.

Cardamom Butternut Squash Oatmeal by the #OatmealArtist

Since I had some butternut squash left from making my Savory Citrus Arugula Steel-Cut Oatmeal (I stored the extra squash in the freezer–hooray for saving food!), this seemed like a great combo to try. Most people pair butternut squash with spices like nutmeg and cloves and ginger, a la pumpkin pie, but I went right for the cardamom. 🙂
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This Week in Oatmeal 06/11/2016

Every Saturday, I gather oatmeal recipes from around the web from the previous 1-3 weeks, as well as outstanding Instagram photos. These posts may grow or evolve as time passes. Please feel free to give your feedback in the comments section!

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German Chocolate Cake Oatmeal Bites

I love, love my German Chocolate Cake Baked Oatmeal and its sister pancake recipe, but I never, ever make them. Making that coconut-pecan butter, no matter how mind-boggling delicious it is, is a pain and a half.

You can’t make just a single-serving because no food processor can grind that few nuts down to a paste. You need quite a bit of pecans to fill the food processor, or it will just turn into dust and sit at the bottom of the machine while the blades whir uselessly above it. Every time I want to make it, I think about having to buy (and immediately go through) an entire bag of pecans (💰💰💰) and a bunch of coconut, and the whole idea turns me off.

German Chocolate Cake Oatmeal Bites

That’s why I’m extra excited about this recipe. These little energy bites capture the flavors of my german chocolate recipes with a quarter of the hassle and an eighth of the pecans, although you still have to get out the food processor. 😋

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