So I think I had at least one reader paying attention to yesterday’s post….
Flowers (pink flowers!!) delivered to my doorstep. WITH CHOCOLATE.
Do you know how long I contemplated which truffle to eat first?
It’s finally Friday which means it’s time to talk about that oatmeal recipe I promised you!
I sort of explained to you on Wednesday why I am calling the new love of my oatmeal life unbaked baked oatmeal — the texture and flavor reminds me so much of the baked oatmeal I order at the diner —but it isn’t baked!
It all came together by accident. I wasn’t even trying to replicate the baked oatmeal from the diner because as my son likes to tell me, sometimes dishes in restaurants are so good that we should leave well enough alone and not try to recreate them at home.
But then I added a mandarin orange to my ordinary bowl of oatmeal, mixed in Skoop B-Strong Viva-Nilla along with my other usual ingredients, heated it all up and suddenly, within a matter of one bite, an alarm went off in my taste buds which screamed BAKED OATMEAL FROM THE DINER! BAKED OATMEAL FROM THE DINER!
While I think the baked oatmealish texture is derived from the combination of the cooked oats and Skoop, I am pretty sure that I owe most of the flavor to the mandarin orange which was probably the last fruit I would expect to LOVE in my oatmeal.
I love it. Like really. What this little tiny orange has done to my bowl is beyond words.
I am not the first to insert the orange, I know this. Fancy people use orange zest or whatever you call it to give off the orange flavor which I know for a fact is involved in the diner’s baked oatmeal recipe.
But I am not that fancy when it comes to preparing my food nor do I have the patience to think about zesting things.
I peel an orange and throw it in the bowl.
As for the rest of your fruits in your unbaked baked oatmeal, go with what you like.
I combined blueberries and diced up granny smith apple for this bowl but I am pretty sure you can add pears, peaches and/or other berries to create a perfect bowl of unbaked baked oatmeal too.
Each time I enjoy baked oatmeal at the diner actually, I notice they vary the fruits in the recipe but it always tastes amazing.
I do not think for one second that the diner uses protein powder in their oatmeal, however, I think for this version, the Skoop B-Strong in Viva-Nilla helps to create the thick texture while adding a subtle flavor that is not to be believed.
Since this recipe is for unbaked baked oatmeal, you don’t actually need to bake anything. I used the microwave.
Which oats should you use? Up to you. I have made it with steel-cut oats only, a mix of steel-cut and old-fashioned as well as a quick version made with only old-fashioned rolled oats.
Steel-cut will make it chewier but either type will do the trick!
This oatmeal is great served immediately, but I think I adore it most once it cools for two minutes which allows time for all of the flavors and ingredients to fall into place.
Make it in advance and reheat it the next day or go ahead and eat it cold. I did that too.
Feel free to add milk and oh, if you have walnuts or pecans to throw in? Go for it. Just go for it!
- 1 serving cooked oatmeal, cooled to room temperature
- 1 scoop of Skoop B Strong Viva-Nilla Protein Powder
- 1 Mandarin Orange, peeled
- Handful of blueberries
- ½ medium sized diced granny smith apple
- 1 tbp. nut butter of choice (I used Crunch Time)
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- pinch sea salt
- Handful of walnuts or pecans (optional but recommended!)
- Prepare your oatmeal serving the way you like it and let it cool to room temperature.
- Add fruit, cinnamon, salt and Skoop to the oatmeal and mix well.
- Stir in peanut butter.
- Place in microwave and heat in 45 second increments, at least 3 times, stirring in between.
- Every microwave is different so if your oatmeal isn't thick and warm after 3 rounds of heating, try another 45 seconds.
- Allow oatmeal to cool and set for about two minutes.
- Add more peanut butter and a drop of milk if you desire!
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Have you ever added orange to your oatmeal?
Do you prefer steel-cut oatmeal or old-fashioned or a mix of both?
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