Some might remember - I'm on a personal quest to shed pounds and inches doing high protein low carb eating. I've lost over 10lbs so far (not great, but not bad) and I've been slowly phasing some carbs back into my diet to avoid binge eating on them. I'm still limiting the carb intake pretty well but allow myself whole grain bread on a sandwhich, and certain fruits. Doing my research into how to change my eating habits I've been blasted from many directions with "oatmeal" - it's supposed to be a wonderful food that's got good protien, complex carbs vs. simple carbs, and is touted by everyone to be great for shedding fat and adding muscle. I've had dieticians tell me I should be eating the stuff daily, body builders saying the same, and of course The Internets sings the praise of oatmeal heartily. I've never been a huge fan - except for oatmeal cookies, or oatmeal sprinkled on good bread. They tried making me eat oatmeal as a kid and it was a food that tested me resolve and the nerves of my parental figures. They might have gotten me to choke down half a bowl of the stuff once a year as a gesture of good faith... I've watched videos and read recipes for making "good oatmeal" but it all tastes the same - bland, boring, and a bit gross. I don't drink milk - haven't been able to drink liquid milk since I was 5. It's not lactose intolerance per se - I can eat the bejesus out of cheese and ice cream, but plain liquid milk comes back up in curdled form almost as soon as it touches my lips. So the recipes that call for adding milk are out. Likewise - there's fruits I just cannot stand the taste or texture of - bananas, raisins, dates, peaches, plums... and these seem to be staples in most oatmeal concoctions. I'm trying not to eat much in the way of simple sugars - so the only way I could choke the stuff down in it's cereal form before is out (heavy on brown sugar, chocolate chips, cinnamon, and light on actual oatmeal) I have come up with one way that ain't too bad - it's still not great from a taste perspective but I was able to eat a bowl without wishing for a quick painless death. Instead of doing the boiling water soak method - I decided to try an oatmeal pilaf, as it were. I toasted two handfuls (prob half a cup) of oats in butter in the skillet until they browned, then added a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, two pinches of nutmeg, half a teaspoon of ground ginger and stirred it in, toasting for a minute longer. Then I added a cup of hot water, covered and let it simmer for ten minutes. When it was puffy I drained the excess liquid, toasted it again for a minute, then transferred to a bowl. I added half a chopped honeycrisp apple, and a drizzle of raw honey over it. I realize the last two items are simple sugar forms - but I was at my wits end on how to consume this stuff. The apple and honey at least offer other nutritional value compared to white or brown sugar. I'm probably going to Atkins hell for it though. There's got to be other ways to eat oatmeal that aren't horribly bland, horribly mushy textured, or smothered in sugary goodness. Does anyone have any suggestions that exclude the foods I listed above that I can't eat? I even tried just eating a handful of dry, raw oats yesterday and after washing it down with half a liter of water, I was about to embrace the sugary hands of early onset diabetes and heart disease thinking about this being the way to eat breakfast from now on. Super food or not - there's got to be a better way to eat this stuff.