Blueberry Oatmeal with Maple Syrup


I hate my job, correction, I despise my job!  It is getting to that point, I feel I am so close to quitting.  It just never ends.  But what am I doing about it?  If I want to see change in my life, I have to do something about it, right?  So I guess the first thing is I have to fix up my resume after 3 years.  Tell you the truth, I'm not even sure if I wanna work as a techie person anymore.  I don't feel rewarded or happy at the end of the day, but it does pay the bills.  My true passion is food. :-)  It makes me so happy, writing about it, talking about it, cooking it, and eating it.  But how do I land a job as a foodie?  

Since today was a really long day and it's still not over, my husband picked us a Subway Veggie Patty Footlong on his way home from work.  He even got me a brownie.  Isn't that sweet?  I thought so.  I love a little sugar when I'm feeling stressed out, it gives me a little pick me up.  I enjoyed the brownie with my tea at night... it was yummy!

Now my brother is a HUGE fan of oatmeal, making oatmeal for his family is pretty much his weekend gig.  Anyone who stays over his home knows they will be served oatmeal for breakfast.  I'm starting to think it is becoming a tradition now.  I love his oatmeal, but it is rather plain.  OMG... I said something bad about my brother, it was inevitable!  WHATEVA!!!  I think I can teach him a thing or two about making fruity oatmeal with antioxidants.  I wanted to make oatmeal today and I had blueberries on hand, so I figured I'd try making Blueberry Oatmeal for brunch.  I thought of the ingredients that would go in a Blueberry Cake and that's how I came up with cinnamon and vanilla extract.  In addition, I added the blueberries to the heated oatmeal which softened the blueberries and sweetened them up a bit... this was delicious, not to mention so good for you!  Enjoy!

NUTRITION: Oats help reduce cholesterol and are a good source of Protein and Fiber.  Blueberries are a very good source of Vitamin C and Fiber.  They are a good source of Vitamin E. In addition, blueberries are an ANTIOXIDANT POWERHOUSE.  Milk is a very good source of Calcium and Vitamin D. It is also a good source of Protein, Vitamins A and K.


INGREDIENTS:
  • Quaker Oats - 1/2 cup
  • Milk 1% - 1/2 cup
  • Water - 1/2 cup
  • Cinnamon - 1/8 tsp
  • Pure Vanilla Extract - 1/4 tsp
  • Maple Syrup - 1 tbsp
  • Fresh Blueberries - 1/2 cup

DIRECTIONS:
1. Add oats to a small pot on medium heat.

2. Add milk.

3. Add water.

4. Stir and wait 3 to 5 minutes until the mixture thickens.

5. In the meantime, measure and set aside your blueberries.  

6. Check on the oatmeal, this is what you should have. Lower heat to dial #2 (low heat).
  
7. Add cinnamon.

8. Add pure vanilla.

9. Add maple syrup.

10. Add fresh blueberries.

11. Stir and allow this to cook for 3 to 5 minutes.  
  
12. Try to pop the blueberries... this will release all the blueberry goodness and the color.

13. Serve hot.  Ain't it good?

12 comments:

  1. lol, ikr, he always makes oatmeal!!! this ooks better than his :)

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  2. my favorite is oatmeal with maple cinnamon and apples :)

    i recently quit a job too. who needs so much negativity in their lives? i know it is scary to leave a job, but what is the point of having one if it makes you unhappy for the larger part of your day. we all deserves jobs we can at least tolerate, right? haha

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  3. Mmm, this makes me hungry for oatmeal!! Sorry about your job...I really hope your situation gets better and you can find one you love!

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  4. I am so sorry to hear that you are so unhappy with your current job. I meant, if the job makes you feel so negative and frustrated, then possibly it's time to make another plan...but before that, eat some chocolate--that's a great mood booster.
    I have never blended the blueberry and oatmeal together....looks like they are in a great harmony!

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  5. Wow, this is why I love blogging. Thanks for the support.. maybe I'll quit at their weakest moment! :-)

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  6. I came across this while Google searching how to make blueberry oatmeal. This was the easiest and by far the most delicious. My year old son whom is very picky with flavor also loves it.

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  7. @meganmobster - thank you! I'm happy I got your little boy's vote.

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  8. This recipe is amazing!!! Best oatmeal I ever had! Thanks for sharing :)

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  9. I know this recipe was posted a while ago, but I just found this through a web search. Made it this morning, and it is very good! My kids loved it, and I like that it's not full of crazy ingredients like some of the pre-packaged stuff. Easy to make! Kids also liked how the oatmeal turned 'purple' because of the berries. Thank you!

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  10. @Anonymous - I am so glad your kids loved it, I love oatmeal and always try to add some kind of fruit. :)

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  11. Doesn't cooking the blueberries, even for 5 minutes, lessen the antioxidants quite a bit? (On another site - boo, hiss - they state that this is true).

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    1. Diane - I'm not sure, I assumed the antioxidants stay in. I'll have to do some research and see what I can find. Thanks for letting me know, I'll keep this in mind next time I cook them. :)

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