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Up until recently to me "oatmeal" was the pouches of quaker with peaches (or strawberries) and cream. So, it was sweet, creamy and full of artificial stuff <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Well, yesterday we were at the health food store getting goat'smilk for dd (which she loves and doesn't react to!) and I decided I was going to move on to something healthier for breakfast (not to mention cheaper!) so I got a package (tube thingy) of organic quick cook oats and a package of dehydrated peaches (for flavor). Well, I cooked some up today and it takes like I'm eating cardboard with peaches <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> Can someone please give me some ideas to make this taste good, because I know it has some potential <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I *LOVE* oatmeal.<br><br>
Cooking it with molasses or applesauce will help. If you drizzle it with honey, that's good too. We stir in cream sometimes after it's cooked, and that's delicious as well. If sugar is not the devil to your family you can use brown sugar as well.<br><br>
I so much prefer the consistency of "real " oatmeal to the instant kind, but it is an adjustment.<br><br>
*evap goat milk in a can = cream
 

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What kind of cream do you use? I'd love to use some, but the only problem would be making sure my dd doesn't sneak a bite (dairy allergy). How much molasses? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I know sugar isn't evil, I'm just trying to get away from over-processed foods little by little. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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We put a little brown sugar in while cooking it and then add raisins or other kinds of fruit to add better flavor. cinnamon helps alot too.
 

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I add a dash of cinnamon to the water when I'm boiling it. You could also use vanilla extract.<br><br>
If you're a dairy drinking family, use half milk and half water. It makes it creamier. (I would think gaots milk would work too)<br><br>
I love my oatmeal with cinnamon and honey added afterwards to sweeten it. YUM!
 

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I love my oatmeal with butter and a tiny bit of salt. When I want sweet oatmeal I add a bit of brown sugar on top.
 

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I LOVE oatmeal. I would first suggest that you *not* get the quick-cooking kind. The regular/old fashioned kind takes only five minutes to cook and the texture is SO much better.<br><br>
Here's what I add to mine:<br>
*2 tbsp walnuts<br>
*1 tbsp wheat germ<br>
*2 tbsp milk (dairy, soy, goat, rice, whatever)<br>
*a couple of drops of vanilla<br>
*1/4 tsp stevia OR 1+ tsp brown sugar OR a couple of tsp of maple syrup, to taste<br>
*a large dash of cinnamon<br>
Yuuuuuuuuummmmmm!<br><br>
I've never liked dried or fresh fruit in oatmeal, but I have heard very good things about stirring in a couple of spoonfuls of a good jam. Some people like chocolate chips in it, too.
 

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I love oatmeal, too- the five minute kind, mmm... The way I make it is perhaps not the healthiest- with butter & sugar on top... but it IS good. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">:<br><br>
When I make it for Joe I give him brown sugar & milk, strawberries if we have them... he loves it. I may make that for supper. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I make mine ("quick oats") in the microwave with milk. Then I serve it with slivered almonds, brown sugar, and cream. It's like dessert to me! lol.
 

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The secret?<br><br>
Salt.<br><br>
Just a little sprinkle of salt and a drizzle of honey across the top, but the salt is a must-have, just like in chocolate chip cookies. It enhances the flavor of whatever sweetener you put on there so that you will taste the sweetener without having so much on there that it's cloying and icky.<br><br>
Enjoy.
 

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I agree, the needed ingredient is salt. It doesnt matter if I make, old fashioned or quick cooking now as long as I add salt to the water.<br><br>
After we just use a wee bit of brown sugar and milk. Simple, but sooo yummy.
 

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We eat oatmeal almost every morning here are our variations:<br><br>
We use butter (vegan- just because of a milk allergy but I would LOVE to use the real stuff) every morning.<br><br>
then we put in (pick one variation)<br><br>
-real maple syrup<br>
-rapadura (with or without raisins cooked with the oatmeal)<br>
-brown sugar<br>
-honey<br>
-cream (with the butter- if we are have other sugars planned in the day)<br>
-cinnamon, dried apple bits, & brown sugar<br><br><br>
HTH!<br><br>
We LOVE oatmeal!!!
 

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Do NOT use quick oats, they are yucky cardboard.<br><br>
I love oatmeal and this is what I do.<br><br>
The night before, I cover a cup of oats with water and mix in a little plain yougurt- like 2 tsps?<br>
Then in the morning all you do is drain the oats and cook them in some new water with a bit of salt- it takes no time at all.<br>
I use maple syrup, frozen blueberries, butter, cream, coconut, bananas- whatever fruit I have or feel like.<br>
For me oatmeal without maple syrup is not worth eating<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
Also soaking them all night makes them more digestable and to me they taste a lot better.
 

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I add a few tablespoonfuls of unsweetened coconut to my oatmeal in the last few minutes of cooking, and serve with whole milk, maple syrup, toasted walnuts, almonds or pecans, and sometimes banana sliced on top. Or I grate an apple in while it's cooking and add cinnamon. Yum!
 

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I cant hack oatmeal <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grossedout.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="gross">:<br><br>
But i do love 5 grain cereal.<br><br>
I boil 2 cups of water, when it comes to a boil turn off the burner, I put in a little salt and a couple tablespoons of honey. Then I mix in 2 cups of 5 grain. Let set 5-10 minutes. I pour milk/cream over the cereal in my bowl <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy">
 
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