Oatmeal is one of those things that people either really love or hate. For those that love oatmeal, good for you because it really is very good for the health. However, for the other camp that hates oatmeal, I know how you feel. I never liked the gooey and clumpy mess that is oatmeal; though I have to confess that I do love oatmeal cookies.
However, I knew that oats were good for me and I knew there was some way to make it taste good. Enter the blackberry and goat cheese recipe that I found online; it is so good and so decadent that I ended up eating it for breakfast 5 days straight. If you like oatmeal, then this is sure to be a treat. For those that cannot stand oatmeal, this might just change your mind.
- 1/2 cup oats (I use rolled oats)
- 1 cup liquid (I use non-fat milk but you may use water or half water and half milk)
- ¼ tsp. of vanilla
- Pinch of salt
- 1-2 tbsps. of honey plus some for drizzling (you may also use maple syrup or agave)
- 3 tbsps. of goat cheese
- Handful blueberries, halved
- Basil (optional)
- Pistachios, walnuts, etc. (optional)
Boil the liquid with the salt and put in the oats. Once that is done, lower the heat and give it an occasional stir until you have the texture you desire. At this point, you mix in your vanilla and honey as well as half of the goat cheese. Make sure you stir quickly so that the cheese melts into the oatmeal. If you want to use basil, now is the time to add it.
Remove it from the heat and transfer into a bowl. Add the rest of the goat cheese and place the blueberries and the rest of your toppings on top of the oatmeal. Drizzle some honey or syrup and serve.
Rolled Oats vs. Instant
Instant oats tend to get mushy, which I do not like. Rolled oats are healthier and the chances of it becoming mushy are so much lower. You may opt to use steel cut oats but soak them in water overnight so they cook faster.