If you like bananas, which I do, get a nice ripe one (one with some black spots on it, no green at all), slice some of it thin some of it thicker, and add it to the oatmeal as it cooks, Depending on the type of oats you use, you may want to add the banana towards the end of cooking. I get some nice, organic, rolled "baby" oats that, while not instant, cook up pretty quickly, so I add the banana towards the beginning of the cooking process. The thin slices melt into the oatmeal adding a nice banana flavor throughout, and also adding sweetness so no additional sugar is needed (for my taste) and the larger pieces of banana add a nice texture to the bowl. I sometimes add a small pat of butter to the oatmeal, maybe some crushed walnuts.
Just fooling around one day, I added a fat tablespoon of Ben & Jerry's vanilla bean ice cream to a bowl of oatmeal. It was pretty good, adding vanilla, a bit of sugary-sweetness, amd a touch of creaminess to the bowl.
Ellie Krieger has a pretty nice oatmeal recipe:
Vanilla Spice Oatmeal
3 1/2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt, optional
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped, optional
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar, plus more, to taste
1 cup lowfat milk, divided
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
In a medium saucepan, bring the water and salt to a boil. Stir in the oats and raisins, reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
In the meantime, place nuts, if using, in a dry skillet over a medium-high flame, and toast, stirring frequently, until golden and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Set aside. When the oats are cooked remove pan from the flame and stir in the vanilla and nutmeg. Swirl in the brown sugar and place the oatmeal in serving bowls. Pour 1/4 cup of milk on top of each bowl, and top with toasted nuts and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Note: For a quicker version using quick cooking or plain instant oatmeal: Cook the oatmeal according to the directions on the package. Stir raisins, brown sugar, and nutmeg into the cooked oatmeal. Top with milk, nuts (toasted or un-toasted) and cinnamon.
Shel (out of oatmeal this morning-bah!)