Oatmeal is normally given a sweet twist with the addition of fruit, nuts, maple syrup, and cinnamon sugar, but I like to play the rebel. Also, I am not a sweet person…as in I do not like desserts or pastry…not unkind. I started to think of grits which are often served like oatmeal but is also served with salt and pepper or other savory spices. How could I interpret that into oatmeal? How about a tasty bowl of oatmeal made with bacon and garlic served with avocado, tomatoes, and green onion. Intrigued or hesitant?
You ever wander over to the bakery section in your local grocery and see big fluffy muffins winking at you, luring you over, flirting with your tastebuds. Well, you are only human so you pick up half a dozen anticipating that first bite. You slowly peel back the ruffled paper it was baked in only to come away disappointed.
I woke up in a granola state of mind and decided to throw together this peanut butter and banana granola with just a hint of coconut. I love making homemade granola. It can be as basic or sumptuous as your pantry dictates and you get to control the ingredients and the amounts which are endless! The only two absolutes for me is the oats and honey.
I’ve decided to see the glass half full and believe that spring is here! Even though I shoveled snow a few weeks ago, I believe! I believe! So I’m packing away my winter things and that includes my winter foods. I have certain foods that I only make when the weather gets cold, like chili and oatmeal.
I think oatmeal is totally underrated. It’s healthy, good for the heart, filling, not to mention quick. Oatmeal is my go-to breakfast when I am running late. I keep it from getting boring by dressing it up with various toppings. Today I am swirling pumpkin butter through the oatmeal. Topping it with fresh diced apples, toasted pepitas, and drizzling it with maple syrup.