Friday, April 20, 2012

Oatmeal Trials, Week 1



Having gone away from eating any breakfast at all, it was time to get back into that saddle. Instead of my old standby of yogurt and fruit, I remembered how I used to like oatmeal. Back then though it was in a little packet loaded with sugar. But it's probably true any breakfast is better than none at all. Here are the oatmeals I prepared over the workweek.

Day 1 (image above):
  • 1 cup of milk measured in a 2-cup volumetric
  • add 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • microwave on high power (default) for 3 minutes
  • transfer what remains of oatmeal from boil-over into 1-cup volumetric
  • add two chopped dates and 1 tablespoon chocolate chips
  • RESULT: way too sweet and creamy and wet

Day 2:
  
Almond milk*, almond milk and oats microwaved, dates and chips mixed in
  • 1 cup almond milk* measured in 2-cup volumetric
  • add 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • microwave on high power (default) for 2 minutes
  • add two chopped dates and 1 tablespoon chocolate chips
  • RESULT: interestingly nutty, though still too sweet -- like eating cookies for breakfast

Day 3:
 
  • 1 cup almond milk* measured in volumetric
  • add 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • microwave on high-power 3 minutes
  • transfer what is left of boiled over oatmeal into a bowl
  • add 2 tbsp cherries and 1 tbsp chocolate chips
  • RESULT: consistency of spackle, not as sweet as previous trials yet cherries seem almost too tart; what am I trying to prove with the chocolate chips?

Day 4:
 
  • 1 cup almond milk* measured in volumetric
  • add 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • microwave on high-power 2 minutes
  • add 1 tbsp cherries, 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut, and 1 tbsp chocolate chips
  • RESULT: consistency of spackle, too much going on; again, what am I trying to prove with the chocolate chips?

Day 5:

  • 1/2 cup almond milk* measured in volumetric
  • add 1/2 cup water
  • add 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • microwave on high-power 2 minutes
  • add 2 chopped dates, 1 tbsp chocolate chips
  • RESULT: consistency much improved with reduced quantity of nuts/almond milk, too sweet; still, what am doing with the chocolate chips?!

*My almond milk was kept in the blender jar in the fridge. Before using, I gave it a quick zizz on the blender motor for homogeneity.


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