I’m not a morning person. Not. At. All. It seems to take me hours to wake up so when it comes to making breakfast I am the biggest slacker there ever was. Over the past few months I have at least been eating something – cereal. Unfortunately the cereal hasn’t given me the energy that I need to function. Too much sugar and processed ick is my guess even though we get our cereal from the natural foods section. No mas. I’m too old and tired to feel even more old and tired so the past few mornings I’ve been getting off my butt and making myself a real, honest to goodness breakfast.
Have you tried it? Yeah, I hear ya. But it doesn’t have to take much more effort than pouring a bowl of cereal. I’m talking about oatmeal. No, wait…it doesn’t have to be bland, sticky, and gross. Really.
Sure, if you make oatmeal with just milk or water then it’s going to taste pretty bland. Like wallpaper paste bland. Yuck. But when you add a few things from your spice cabinet and pantry then you can come up with something really very tasty.
Do you see that Penzey’s Cake Spice there?
This cake spice? It has cinnamon, star anise, allspice, ginger, cloves, and a few other delicious spices in it and it’s a great addition to oatmeal. Their baking spice is also great in oatmeal and other things. In fact ALL of their spices are amazing and this is a free plug right here: They have a lot of brick and mortar locations as well as online ordering and the spices are actually cheaper than buying McCormick or whatever else is at your local grocery store and they have far more flavor than the supermarket spices.
Anyway, get your cake spice (or cinnamon at the very least), some vanilla extract and some honey. Add them to your cup of milk. There isn’t a specific measurement, it’s really about your personal taste. I added a pinch of cake spice, a capful of vanilla, and a generous squirt of honey; maybe a teaspoon or so. Once your milk just starts to boil turn it down to low and add a 1/2 cup of oatmeal. Cook to your desired consistency stirring almost constantly.
Top with fruit if you’d like and enjoy. Oatmeal is a great source fiber as well as thiamin, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, selenium, and iron where your morning cereal is a great source of sugar and processed yuck. So go make some oatmeal!