“The prayers we weave into the matching of socks, the stirring of oatmeal, the reading of stories, they survive fire.”
– Ann Voskamp
October 28th is celebrated as National Oatmeal Day in United States. This day, I took an oath to try out 5 different variations of breakfast oatmeal all the while making sure that it excites my taste buds and yours. Albeit its multiple nutritional properties, oatmeal is generally considered a boring meal option. With ‘Oats in a jar’ series, my aim is to change this perception about oatmeal…one jar at a time. Join me in this endeavor and together lets give this healthy food option a spot in our daily diet.
I was never an ‘oatmeal’ girl. The first time I brought it home was when Stud (my first born) turned six months old and the doctor advised us to incorporate it in his meal plan. The version I used to make for him usually consisted of quick oats, chicken, salt and pepper, carrots, beans, broccoli and/or any other veggies that used to be available at that point in time. For my personal taste, it was too bland. Now that I have finally acknowledged the virtues of this super-hero of a crop (you are welcome, oats!), I am making a genuine effort at reaping its benefits.
This Blueberry Cheesecake Oatmeal is a great substitute of an actual blueberry cheesecake slice. You get to enjoy the deliciousness packed with countless health benefits, making it absolutely guilt-free. And look at those layers, man! When Jay saw the jar this morning, he thought I am again having some kind dessert for breakfast. That really tells you something about this version 🙂 Try it out and see for yourself.
Blueberry Cheesecake Oatmeal
1/4 cup quick oats
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp fresh blueberries
2 tsp maple syrup
1/8 cup low-fat Philadelphia cream cheese
1/2 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp sugar (or to taste) to cut the saltiness of cream cheese
1/2 digestive biscuit/ graham cracker crumbs for garnish, optional
Cook oats with milk on low flame. Add 1 tbsp blueberries and maple syrup while cooking.
Once the oats are soft, pour it in a jar.
In a separate bowl, mix cream cheese, lemon juice and sugar.
Layer it over cooked oatmeal.
Add a layer of digestive biscuits/ graham cracker crumbs if you wish to.
Garnish with remaining blueberries.