You know what sucks? Instant oatmeal. Instant oatmeal sucks because it deterred me from trying anything with oatmeal for the longest time. I could have been shoveling deliciously prepared old-fashioned oats into my gaping maw for a much larger part of my life had I explored them earlier on.
Instant oatmeal, take a hike.
Old-fashioned or steel cut oats are not only better for you, but they also offer a way better texture and taste. Why not skip the additives (and the dehydrated fruit bits) in instant oatmeal packets and create your own bowl of oatmeal bliss? Add your own fresh fruits, nuts, and sweeteners! The result is SO much better. Mmm, substance!
For further information on the differences between instant oats and other oats, click here. It’s a good read.
So, what inspired this bowl of yum? The other day, a pal of mine threw me a message on Facebook asking if I’d create an oatmeal recipe because she felt that she was out of ideas. This was fantastic, because it kept me from going the obvious routes with maple syrup, berries, brown sugar, etc. If she was out of ideas, that meant she’d done just about everything she could think of. I had to step outside of the box and up my oatmeal game, and I LOVE a challenge.
The grapes that I’ve been buying at the supermarket here have been like candy lately; hella crunchy and hella sweet! So, I knew that I wanted to use those. Nuts are a must in a bowl of oatmeal, and I had some organic honey kicking around, but I wanted to add something savory and unexpected into the mix. That’s when it hit me: balsamic vinegar. BLAMO. Balsamic vinegar added the perfect amount of savory to the sweet that was present.
High-five self, high-five.
Now go on and enjoy this bad boy.