There is nothing better than a big ol’ bowl of oatmeal during the winter.
Okay… maybe a cut of hot cocoa here and there – BUT – oatmeal is my fave way to warm up before trudging to the lib in the bitter cold. Finals season is in full swing so I need something that will keep me satiated for my study-bender. If there’s one thing we learned from our college freshman year, it’s that you can’t study on an empty stomach!
~ finals vibes ~
But the thing is, oatmeal can be B-O-R-I-N-G!!
In high school, my dad always told my brothers and me that a bowl of oatmeal topped with walnuts is the optimal breakfast before an exam. Only issue was – I had no idea how to jazz up my bowl of hot cereal. I basically added water to oatmeal, microwaved it, and topped it off with walnuts – that’s about as fun as o-chem… :’)
So, why not add a little spice to this plain-Jane bowl?
3/4 rolled oats
1 cup water
2 small drops vanilla extract
1 T maple syrup (or brown sugar)
Mix all ingredients and add a couple dashes of spices in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1-2 minutes. Serve immediately!
Personally, I like to dump approx. 1 lb of cinnamon to my oatmeal b/c of its delish taste, antioxidant properties, help in balancing blood sugar, and anti-inflammatory properties – BUT you can add as much or as little as you like!
Hope you enjoy!! ❤