Oatmeal: Four Ways

Have you ever noticed that subtle transformation which occurs during the dawning of each New Year?
When goals long abandoned are rediscovered, dusted, shined up and recommitted to.
When drudgeried trips to the gym become somehow exhilirating again.
When healthy eating becomes a glorious rebaptism of sugar-logged tastbuds, rather than an untasty task.
When the belief that you can become the girl you always thought you were floats to the top of your mind and awaits your careful attention.
When old becomes new. And, New Becomes You.
And You believe {once again} that all things might just be possible.
They really are, you know.

If you are rededicating yourself to a new year of healthy eating, please join me in a ceremonial dusting-off of the hearty breakfast standby which is oatmeal. Simple. Hearty. And, when topped with the right ingredients, gorgeously versatile. Here are a few of the divinest sugar-free concoctions I love to create for me and my brood of New Years revelers.
Since my sister, Holly, converted me to Coach’s Oats, I’ve never gone back to regular or quick oats, though either type will do with any of the following recipes. Cook the desired amount of oatmeal according to package directions, though be sure to add a dash of salt and a smidgen of honey to the cooking pot. Then, top with any of the following favorites.
Vanilla Applesauce
In a medium bowl, combine 1/2 c. of applesauce and 2 T. dry vanilla pudding mix. Whisk until well blended. Spoon atop prepared oatmeal, sprinkle with cinnamon. Spoon by the mouthful & Enjoy!

Oatmeal Cookie
What looks like a basic bowl of buttered oats is actually a bowl full of surprisingly rich flavor!
To 2 cups of prepared oatmeal, add:
1/2 tsp. cinnamon extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract
a pat of pure butter
drizzle of pure maple syrup
Stir extracts into prepared oatmeal. Top with butter & maple syrup.


My very favorite bowl of oatmeal . I dream about it being served to me on the beaches of Fiji. Or, you know, Prince Edward Island.

Stire 1/ 2 tsp. coconut extract into prepared oatmeal. Top with mango, banana slices & shredded coconut. Drizzle with pure maple syrup and coconut milk.

Moroccan Spiced Fruits
Use the moments while your oatmeal is bubbling in a pot to create this sweet and spicy topping for your oatmeal. I adore digging into a bowl of this oatmeal and spooning each bite with the perfect amount of mapled nuts and fruit to make the topping last until the very last lick.
1/4 c. pure maple syrup
1/4 c. dried cherries
1/4 c. dried apricots, diced
1 T. diced dates (optional)
1/4 c. walnuts or pecans, chopped
1/2 tsp. Garam Masala
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Place all ingredients in a small saucepan. Stir over medium-high heat until maple syrup is sizzling and fruit has mostly soaked it in. Spoon mixture on a piece of parchment paper. Spread out and allow to cool and harden slightly. Serve over a bowl of prepared oatmeal. Drizzle with honey if more sweetness is desired.
Hoping your Christmas was full of color and POP.
Wishing you a New Year full of wonder and delight.
Happy. Happy.