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Old 03-26-2010, 08:19 PM   #1
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What do you use to sweeten your oatmeal?

Hi,

I don’t use artificial sweeteners. I like honey but it is so high in carbs that I'd rather use sugar. Do you have any natural, organic suggestions for me?

What do you use to sweeten your oatmeal? Sometimes berries are sweet enough, but every now and then I want it just a little sweeter.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
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Old 03-27-2010, 06:16 AM   #2
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Maple syrup and molasses are the only other things I can think of. Stevia would depend on whether you think it "artificial" or not. After doing LC for a while (and particularly without artificial sweeteners) you will find that your sweet sensitivity goes up, you will need less to get the same flavor effect.

Perhaps try just dipping a spoon into the honey and then use what sticks to the spoon to stir? You can control portion by how far down you dip the spoon, which will be better than trying to actually "measure" it.

Also, how are you preparing your oatmeal? We've done the steel cut oats soaked overnight in water with a bit of whey and then baked. Stir in a bit of butter and it is way better than what I grew up with. Tastes like oats rather than 'nothing' and it is the 'nothing' that begs for so much sweetener.
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No Stevia for me.

Thanks for the advice. Nice to meet you.

I am just finishing my first round of “Crack the Fat Loss Code” by Wendy Chant. I love this WOE.

I tried steel cut oats years ago and thought they had zero flavor. Perhaps I need to try again. I remember making them in the crock pot overnight.

I have no interest in Stevia, or Splenda or other processed sweeteners. Tried them and don’t like them. I’m still not convinced Stevia is “natural”.

Have a super duper weekend!
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Old 03-27-2010, 01:59 PM   #4
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I forgot licorice root.

Stevia, in true form, is the dried and powdered leaves of a plant, so it is natural. But it is green. "Oh noes!" So, true to form in the US, as soon as the FDA approved it, some company came up with a process for a white version and got a patent. That I would not trust.

Stevia does have an aftertaste if you use enough of it, and it seems to be a genetic disposition of where "enough" is.

Do you mean actually cooked in the crockpot overnight? We make kefir daily, but you can also strain yogurt for whey. Baked oatmeal only goes for about an hour and if you eat it daily it would go something like this:

Uncover yesterday's dish and put in oven. In an ovenproof bowl measure oats and water, leaving out 1/4 cup of water to be replaced with whey. Cover the bowl such that it is not air tight (paper towel and a rubberband will work, if you use cheesecloth, it will need to be doubled over several times) but is protected from bugs and airborne dust. Once covered, leave the bowl out where it will be about room temperature and safe from disturbance. If your whey is low, you probably have time to set up your yogurt (look for live cultures) strainer. At this point you have tomorrow's breakfast "prepared" and today's breakfast should be approaching done.

Some experimentation may be needed to get the exact amount of water/whey to use per your desired thickness but I think the proportion is 3:1 water:whey.
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Old 03-27-2010, 02:52 PM   #5
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Faia,

Yes it was in a crock pot. I don't have the recipe anymore but I am sure you could google it to find it. I think I added boiling water and cooked it on low overnight. Then when I woke in the morning, the oats were ready.

The baked oatmeal sounds good. Someone else also gave me a recipe for it. I shall try it soon.

Thanks much,
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Stevia is natural. I had a plant a couple of years ago. it's very sweet.

What about Jam? There are brands that are not sweetened with sugar or AS but are just mashed fruit. A spoonful of strawberry jam would be good in yogurt.

Does anyone eat yogurt savory style, like grits that have bacon and cheese?
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I used stevia when I ate steel cut oats.
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Thanks for all the great suggestions!
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I use dried cherries or blueberries and boil the oatmeal with them at the beginning--they get soft and dissolve a bit into the oatmeal and do flavor it.

Also a touch of blackstrap molasass (spelling?) is pretty low carb and has go
good nutrients in it.

I also add vanilla extract and this seems to naturally sweeten it.

You could also stir in vanilla whey protein at the beginning with the water...
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I use dried cherries or blueberries and boil the oatmeal with them at the beginning--they get soft and dissolve a bit into the oatmeal and do flavor it.
what a yummy idea!
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Chopped dried dates cooked with the oats. Very sweet and yummy.
Heavy cream also sweetens to a lesser degree.
Agave nectar is very sweet and comes in a variety of flavors.
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Chopped dried dates cooked with the oats. Very sweet and yummy.
Heavy cream also sweetens to a lesser degree.
Agave nectar is very sweet and comes in a variety of flavors.
Bookwyrm~ I have that kitty in your avatar! And I love EZ-Sweetz.
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I have found that stevia differs from brand to brand. I am using "Stevia in the Raw" and use a half a packet in my hot cereal, or my chai teas. I have also used it in marinades. Some of it has a bitter taste, such as the liquid stevia I have tried. I have never tried to use it as a substitute in baking but then I don't bake and am trying to stay away from wheat products also. I have never heard of EZ-Sweetz will have to check in on that one. Rexanne
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I like coconut palm sugar. It's low on the glycemic index, organic and fair trade. Sweet Tree brand, I think, is the only one that is certified to come from the coco nucifera plant. There are a lot of palm sugars out there but, you want to make sure it's coconut palm from the coco nucifera plant and I think Sweet Tree is the only one. If you google sweet tree coconut palm sugar, you'll get a lot of info. I can only find it at whole foods.
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Hi,

I don’t use artificial sweeteners. I like honey but it is so high in carbs that I'd rather use sugar. Do you have any natural, organic suggestions for me?

Buckwheat honey (it's dark) - but I am not low carb.


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so is stevia in the raw one of the processed ones? I like that brand the best...
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I eat oatmeal about once a week and use a drizzle of locally made pure maple syrup. I try to keep my carb intake between 80 and 100. I would rather take the minor carb hit than eat anything artificial.
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