Hi readers, how are you? I’ve truly been very active lately. Today I initially didn’t feel that motivated to do much of anything, but I eventually managed to read a good amount. I also walked for 30 minutes, albeit divided between a 10-minute walk together with another client and a 20-minute walk with just the staff. And now I’m looking through my drafts folder to start a blog post for today.

Last week, lots of ideas were floating through my mind. I couldn’t actually follow through on most completely independently, so I discussed some with my day activities staff. I wanted to do a cooking activity again. For some reason, I got thinking about trying out oatmeal recipes. So I went about and googled some simple oatmeal recipes. I cannot seem to find the one I used right now.

What I Used

  • 4 cups almond milk.

  • 2 large bananas.

  • 2 cups oatmeal (it’s just sold as oatmeal here, not rolled oats or anything).

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon.

  • Tiny pinch of salt (I didn’t think I’d like that, but it was in the recipe).

I had the staff mash the bananas with a fork. Then we threw all ingredients in a saucepan and brought it to a boil. Then turned the heat down and had it cook for a few minutes. I stirred constantly, so that the oats wouldn’t get crusty. After we removed the oatmeal from the stove, we added granola as a topping. That wasn’t in the recipe I used, but I thought I’d like it and we had lots of granola left over anyway.

My sister used to eat oatmeal for breakfast when she was little. I never quite liked it, but this was truly delicious! It was also very filling. I ate it for lunch and didn’t need anything else to feel full.

The staff gave some of the oatmeal without the topping to some clients who normally eat mashed bread porridge and they loved it too.

Next time, I’m going to try to make some overnight oats. I’m not going to let it sit in the fridge for an entire night, but most recipes I checked said two hours is generally enough.

Do you like oatmeal or other porridge?

10 thoughts on “Oatmeal

  1. I like porridge. Mostly though, whether plain or something added to it. I will have it overnight in the fridge, so not long to do in a morning. Or if not warm, than cold, which I used to have that way fairly often in summer after discovering overnight oats.
    First time trying cold, I added sunflower seeds, raisins and some other seeds.

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    1. Oh, that sounds delicious! This was my first time trying cooked oatmeal. I’ve had it cold once before but had no idea how to make it then and only added chia seeds.

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      1. I have chia seeds too. With me having soya milk, as I don’t have dairy, means I can change the flavour of my milk if I wanted.
        I always change what I add to it, to keep it interesting.

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        1. Oh yes, I prefer plant-based alternatives to milk too. Not sure why as I’m not vegan or lactose-intolerant, but I just do. I liked the chia seeds actually. Thanks for the tip on changing what I add.

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    1. I’m not sure. I googled the English word for what we use for oatmeal and also other types of cooked grain/cereal breakfasts and porridge came up. Now that I try to google some of these other ones that fall under the category of porridge here, I get words I’ve never even heard of. Not that that’s a guarantee they aren’t used, but you know what I mean.

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      1. I think they’re the same but the diff might be the way they r cooked. Nice to engage in conversations about oatmeal rather than trauma all the time hey lol

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