Love Languages: Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal with Streusel Topping
Oatmeal is my love language.
I’ve mentioned time and again on here that I’m oatmeal obsessed. If I had a recipe and picture posted of every variety that comes out of my kitchen (or more acurately, boils over on my stove), I’d need to publish a whole cookbook. It’s simply the most wonderful breakfast or lazy lunch or dinner.
Jordan is not so much a fan. Or at least he thought! After a few “Hey, try a bite of mine” test runs, he finally converted.
Last night, he stood up and stretched, taking a break from his reading, then grinned and said “Youuuuu… want to make me some oatmeal?”.
Be still my heart.
“I love making oatmeal for people I love.” It came out just like that. And it’s so true!
According to the Chapman’s “Five Love Languages” philosophy, I’m always spread out across the board. I dabble in “Acts of Service” as a way that I feel loved and show love to others, but not exclusively. However, when it comes to FOOD SERVICE, I’m all in!
Feeling people good, nourishing (and of course sometimes not-so-wholesome) food brings me so much joy! If I’ve ever fed you — I love you. If I haven’t fed you yet – I’m ready to start loving you. Come over for coffee?
Tell me! What lights you up? What is your favorite way to show love to others?
Here’s further proof of my oatmeal love: Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal with Streusel Topping. Love yourself or someone nearby today with a bowl.
- For the oatmeal:
- 1 cup milk of choice
- ½ cup water
- Scant ½ tsp salt
- ¼ cup dried blueberries *
- ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ T brown sugar (or to taste)
- For streusel topping:
- 1 T old fashioned rolled oats
- ½ T coconut oil, at room temperature (or chilled butter)
- ½ T brown sugar
- Pinch of salt
- *Fresh or frozen blueberries work but alter the “muffin” flavor slightly. If using fresh or frozen, add to the oatmeal before placing in the oven and stir as little as possible. Otherwise your berries will burst and your oatmeal will turn purple!
- Preheat oven to 450 or broil setting.
- For the oatmeal:
- To a small pot over medium-high heat, add water, milk, and salt.
- Add the oats and cinnamon.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the oatmeal absorbs most of the liquid, approximately 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in blueberries and vanilla extract, then sweeten with brown sugar to taste.
- Pour oatmeal into an oven-safe dish and set aside.
- For the streusel topping:
- In a small bowl combine ingredients. Use a fork to cut the coconut oil (or butter) into the sugar and oats until well incorporated.
- Sprinkle struesel topping over the oatmeal and bake for ~5 mins, or until the topping is crisp.
- Remove from the over and serve. (Be careful, the bowl is hot!)
- Notes: I buy dried blueberries in the bulk bins at my local specialty grocery store. They’re a little pricey, but so worth it! Use the rest in granola/cereal, granola bars, or sprinkled over yogurt. *See note about substituting fresh or frozen blueberries.
Something else to love:
These three free 20-minute yoga videos from Do Yoga With Me is my new favorite thing! I’m terrible about stretching and taking care of my body after I work out (strength training and, specifically, running multiple times per week). Here’s to treating my body like a temple! You should too.