strawberries n’ cream

I don’t remember when my oatmeal obsession started.  What I do remember is eating oatmeal with a big wooden mixing spoon as a kid.  Sometime in my childhood, I found my love for oats.  My mom doesn’t like it, and I don’t think my brother ever ate it, so it must have been thanks to my dad.

Of course for years + years I ate instant oats.  I didn’t know anything else.  Quaker instant oats, in the little packets.  My favorite was the brown sugar.  And it was never 1 pack.  Always 2.  My ferocious appetite has been with me since a young age!

Do you remember when Quaker came out with the fruit n’ cream oats?  I remember!  My favorite was strawberry.  I would definitely dig out + hog ALL of the strawberries n’ cream oats.  Next in line was banana, then peaches, then blueberry.

I completely forgot about this amazing fruit n’ cream combo until Sunday.  I decided to throw frozen organic strawberries in my oats, along with some cottage cheese.

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With the first bite, I instantly was taken back to those oatmeal packs.  How could I have forgotten??  And how could it have taken me this long to recreate it??

Strawberries + Cream Oatmeal

  • 1/4c rolled oats

  • 1/4c oat bran

  • 6 large organic strawberries, chopped

  • 1/4c small curd cottage cheese

  • 1/2c water

  • 1c unsweetened almond milk

  • 1/2t vanilla

  • honey to taste

  1. Whisk together oats, oat bran, milk + water in a pot over medium heat.

  2. Bring to a boil, stir and reduce heat to simmer.

  3. Stir occasionally, for about 10min, until desired consistency is reached.

  4. Add in chopped strawberries and cook until heated through.  *If using frozen strawberries, this will take longer.

  5. Stir in cottage cheese + vanilla.  Cook until heated through.

This is a HUGE bowl of oats.  The 1/2c of oats/oat bran has really been helping to hold me over longer, and I am loving these stuffed bowls of oats!

Topped with banana, honey, peanut butter, and almond butter, this was a new favorite!

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Breakfast again?

This was today’s breakfast.  No childhood memories were came flooding to my brain from this bowl, but that didn’t make it any less delicious.

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Popped amaranth is really simple to make.  It takes just minutes!  You will have a full bowl of popped cereal, in about 1/2 the time it takes to make stovetop oats.  Then you just add whatever mix ins you like, pour on the milk or yogurt, and there you go!

Cinnamon + flax were mixed with the amaranth.

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Then it was topped with a berry almond buckwheat bar, Helios plain kefir, almond milk, and a dollop of peanut butter.

Do I have to tell you that it was delicious?

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The rest of my day was taken up by a massive to-do list of errands.  Today I hit up Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, Lowes and Bed Bath and Beyond for a 2nd time.

More on that exciting stuff tomorrow!  Right now I need to sleep + contemplate Tuesday morning’s first meal.


p.s. Kenna says goodnight!

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