Oatmeal is a fabulous diet friendly winter breakfast that will fill up your tummy with warmth and fiber. When it comes to oatmeal you can really have your choice of variety. While all oatmeal is a source of fiber and heart healthy whole grains, the texture, cook time and appearance can differ. Steel-cut oats are just that…cut, not rolled. They are minimally processed, take 30-40 minutes to cook and tend to have a chewy “bulky” texture. Old-fashioned oats are steamed and rolled, soft in texture and cook up in about 10 minutes. Quick oats are processed, thinner and don’t offer quite the super filling effect of their less processed cousins.

My favorite are your typical Quaker Old Fashioned oats. A 1/2 cup oats and a cup of water cook up in less than 3 minutes in the microwave. Try these fun and easy recipes to switch up your normal oatmeal routine by adding to your bowl of oats!

Skinny Pumpkin Pie:

  • 2TBSP pumpkin puree
  • Sprinkle of Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1TSP Vanilla Extract
  • 2TBSP Brown Sugar
  • Top with toasted pumpkin seeds.

Nuts about Banana:

  • Sliced bananas
  • 1TBSP maple syrup
  • top with chopped pecans and cinnamon

Skinny Mom Mint Chocolate Chip:

  • 1TBSP mini chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract

Slimming Creme Brulee:

  • mix in cinnamon and 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • sprinkle with brown sugar and broil