Sunday, March 4, 2012

Lemon Poppyseed Oatmeal

If you can believe it, I didn't try lemon poppyseed until I got to college. In my depression/identity crisis, I basically ate my feelings, so I made frequent trips to the on-campus eateries throughout the day. One of the treats I became addicted to was the lemon poppyseed bread. It was dense, chilled, and super sweet. I shudder now at the amount of extra calories I consumed every week from that bread alone.

When I started eating oatmeal the following year, I initially set out to recreate dessert recipes. I tried banana bread, carrot cake, cheesecake, french toast, and chocolate chip. Basically, oatmeal was my attempt to make dieting suck less (before I discovered whole foods).

Lemon poppyseed was one of the first flavors I tried to recreate, but it took a lot practice. In fact, It took almost two years to perfect. I originally used a recipe that used lemon pudding mix, which was delicious, but it no longer works with my whole foods approach. Thus, I have had to come up with something else. I then tried simply adding lemon juice and poppyseed, but that was dreadful--it was bitter and tart! Finally, I had an epiphany to use a mashed up banana to sweeten it. It worked!

Here's what I did: 

1. Begin cooking the oatmeal like you normally would. For me, this means cooking a 1/2 cup of old-fashioned oats and a tablespoon of milled flax in one cup of half-water, half-almond milk at a low boil. For this particular recipe, I would also recommend coconut milk!

2. Mash up a banana very thoroughly and add to the oatmeal. Trust me, you don't want to stumble upon a chunk of banana in this bowl of porridge. Stir.

3. When more of the liquid has dissolved, add four or five teaspoons of lemon juice and one teaspoon of poppyseeds. Stir.

4. Serve with dried fruit, nuts, and/or shredded coconut, and another splash of milk!

**You can check out my other oatmeal recipes here, or by clicking the oatmeal tag. You can also find dozens of other oatmeal recipes on my Pinterest board (along with tons of other meatless recipes!). Thanks!


  1. This oatmeal recipe looks great. Does it taste anything like the lemon poppyseed dessert you had in college? or did you just use that as inspiration? I've never actually tried making oatmeal from scratch. It's one of those foods that I thought were just easier to use if pre-made. I'd love to try this

    1. The taste is very similar, but obviously it's much less sweet than the lemon poppyseed bread!

  2. Great Post but We can also make muffins of Lemon Poppyseed Oatmeal by adding some chocolates, it will be great for children too, to have for breakfast.