Although we have always know that oatmeal is a healthy food, it seems like it has recently become a really cool thing to eat. Used to be, the word "oatmeal" conjured up images of a round box with a smiling Quaker. The image was wholesome and pure.
Then, the instant, flavored oatmeal in pouches became popular. Varieties such as apple-cinnamon and maple-brown-sugar made for a satisfying, quick, hot breakfast.
Now, we are hearing about Scottish Oatmeal, Irish Oatmeal, steel-cut Oatmeal, even savory oatmeal dishes (cooked in chicken broth, with spices and vegetables added).If you are over-the-top cool, add Kale.
McDonalds is on the oatmeal train with their fruit-topped oatmeal to go, which I hear is delicious! Oatmeal is so popular that it now has its own month. Yes, January is National Oatmeal Month.
My pantry is never without a box of rolled oats and pouches of the flavored stuff. My latest oatmeal purchase is a box of Scottish Oatmeal. I find it to be a little chewier and heartier than any other oatmeal I have tried.
Last week, after watching, Braveheart for the first time, I imagined Mel Gibson and his warrior comrades eating Scottish oatmeal for breakfast. It seems like the kind of warm, stick-to-your-ribs breakfast that could take the chill off a foggy morning in the Scottish highlands, and sustain men through hours of bloody battle.
Before I digress so much that this post becomes as crazy as a rant from the afore mentioned Mel Gibson, I will share a delicious and simple idea for an oatmeal bar:
Use your favorite preparation method and favorite variety of oatmeal. Set out any or all of the follwing oatmeal toppings:
dried fruit, fresh berries, chopped apples, diced peaches, cinnamon, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, toasted coconut, chopped almonds, pecans or walnuts, flax seed, vanilla yogurt