Natural Oatmeal is Suppose to Taste Good (?)

Bye Bye Instant Oatmeal. 
I am trying to eat more real foods. I want to get rid of the processed crap that has 45 ingredients with only four of them that you can pronounce. I want to eat clean, real, pure foods. 
These are old fashioned oats. 
Much healthier. 
Check out the ingredients. 
100% Natural Whole Gran Rolled Oats. 
I hear this stuff is the best and it’s easy to add practically anything to it to make it taste yummy. 
I didn’t really know what I was doing. What’s new. 
So, I added some milk – instead of water, so it was creamier and tasted, um, creamier – and a little cinnamon and flax seed for an added health benefit. 
I stirred in on the stove top for maybe 5 minutes or so. 

While I was doing that, Joshua got into the crackers.

And, yes, that is a Christmas towel you see on the right.

And, yes, it is from my parents house from approximately 14 years ago that apparently I thought I loved so much and it was just the nicest thing ever that when I moved out I thought I should pack it with me and transport it from Oregon to Alaska so it could hang in my house.

Last year, when it came time to put away our Christmas decorations, I decided to keep these old (old old old) towels out and use them as cleaning rags. 10 months later….

Maybe I will buy new Christmas towels this year. We’ll see.

Back to oatmeal.

After the oatmeal cooked, I added a banana.

Then the moment of truth! I was a little nervous my kids wouldn’t like it.

 Lucas ate it right up. He never mentioned that he thought it tasted differently than the boxed sugary stuff from Costco, so win -win. Plus 24 points.

He wanted me to take a picture of him.

Then he wanted me to take a picture of his oatmeal.

Joshua loved it too.

He is drinking water with his breakfast today.

Oh, and me?

I freaking hated it. 


I think I gagged. If it weren’t for my children watching me, I would have spit it out on the table.

I only took one bite.

Dude, what is up with this stuff? It’s like so…. natural. And plain.

Please please please help a sista out and tell me what I need to do to make this stuff edible. I really want to learn to like it because I know it’s so much healthier. I know it might take a few tries! I used to hate – loathe – asparagus, but now I sort of like it. So, I’m okay with trying it a few more times, but I must make it differently next time.

How do you do it?!

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

21 thoughts on “Natural Oatmeal is Suppose to Taste Good (?)

  1. Not sure of you use sugar, but I add a few teaspoons of sugar- brown or white, or try adding a drop of maple syrup and rasions or craisons.

  2. I cook mine in water (directions on the package), and then add milk and sugar after cooking. There is no comparison to instant. My kids won't even eat the instant – to them that's not oatmeal. Flax seed is a good addition and I'll have to try that. I've never tried it with bananas… Don't give up yet – it's definitely worth trying again.

    Karen in MD

  3. I cook mine with water then add 1 tbsp of brown sugar per serving and some ground flax seed. Then I either add cinnamon, raisins and a tiny bit or milk or fresh blueberries and strawberries. You can add peanut butter to oatmeal- but it's an acquired taste! If you have any cooked or preserved apples they are really yummy to add too.

  4. I cook mine with milk because let's face it, if you've ever tried it with milk and then go back to water it's like paste. Then I add granola and it helps soak up some of the extra milk (add a little milk after to cool it down). I used to add a banana, but this is much yummier to me.

  5. PEANUT BUTTER! (or almond butter or sun butter) I learned that from Tina at FaithFitnessFun and I can NOT eat my oats without nut butter anymore! I like to throw in a handful of raspberries or blackberries and stir a decent spoonful of peanut butter in. It's awesome.

  6. Well, I don't so much eat oatmeal (gross!) but my husband loves it. He swears that steel-cut oats are even better than the Quaker version you're using. We found them in our regular grocery story. He adds all kinds of sweetness, though, so who knows if it makes a difference. He likes maple syrup in his. (Again, I say “ewww.”)

  7. We eat oatmeal almost every morning. Here's what I do – Throw about a half a cup in a bowl with about 3/4 cup of water or milk (milk is yummier but more fattening, so Maddie usually gets milk and I get water) – throw it in the microwave for 90 seconds – viola! Done! I add a teaspoon of honey and a little milk or water if it's too thick or hot. That's it. I don't like fruit in my oatmeal, so a little honey is all it takes to make it edible to me. Also, a teaspoon of peanut butter is SO SO yummy, you wouldn't believe it. So try that. I grew up on this kind of oatmeal and so pre-packaged oatmeal is so gross to me. Tomato – Tamoto.

  8. Use water and make sure it sits awhile so the oats can absorb the liquid. Add cinnamon. Then add any fruit, nuts, etc. I like to add chopped walnuts and dried cranberries too–from Trader Joe's. Do you have TJ's up there?

  9. Don't give up on it! You'll come around to it, for sure. Good ol' oatmeal is amazing.

    As a bare minimum, I cook mine with water, add some brown sugar and milk.

    Some days, if I've got it, I'll add craisins.

    Other days, I'll cut up yummy, organic apple pieces and put them into the oatmeal before I heat it. I'll also add some cinnamon to it as well. Once that cooks, I'll put some raw honey in it and some milk.

    Finally, if it's one of those days, I'll add some brown sugar and, wait for it, homemade trailmix (almonds, pecans, craisins, and chocolate chips). The chocolate is great in it! I know, not very nutritious, but I'm a choco-holic. Sad, but true.

    If you really have a hard time with it, make granola! This is my favorite recipe:

    http://www.thefrugalgirl.com/2011/07/a-granola-recipe-and-a-giveaway/

    Hope these suggestions help!

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