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Artificial sweetener.. in oatmeal?

I’m curious, have any of you tried Nutrasweet, Equal, or Splenda in plain oatmeal? I love the regular stuff, but it’s so BLAND!

Strawberries spiced it up a bit for awhile, but they’re not in season and it’s still not nearly as nice as the (admittedly bad) premixed packets. I compensated with a load of brown sugar, but that totally defeats the purpose.

Any thoughts? Perhaps suggestions to make the other old standards better, like the mention of lemon juice in tuna?


Mix some chocolae GROW into your oatmeal. Just let it cool a bit before you mix it in. If you don’t want to add protein to your oatmeal use the Splenda

I add 1 tablespoon of honey to my oatmeal just before taking it off the heat. It takes away the bland taste without overpowering it with sweetness.

Chocolate grow is great. I like adding Vanilla Grow and Cinnamon. You can also throw in honey if want more carbs.

Try nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla/almond/lemon/orange extracts (watch the labels), yadda yadda. Go into the spice/flavorings section of a supermarket and grab something that sounds good!

I have a question, has anyone came up with the great idea yet of making artificial brown sugar sweetener with the sweetness and tase of brown sugar?


I second (or third) adding a scoop of Grow. Damn that’s good stuff. Makes a perfect P + C meal too.

Cinnamon and sugar free syrup (made w/Splenda).

Eric beat me to the punch. Sugar free syrup in oatmeal is EXTREMELY tasty. I can’t wait finish up this cutting cycle in a few weeks so that I can start eating this stuff by the bucket again.

I use Nutrasweet (Kroger generic) all the time when I want to sweeten up foods. All the taste, none of the carbs or cals…oh wait, what about the brain tumor its supposta cause…wink, wink…

1 packet of Splenda and some cinnamon tastes great. Add in a little bit of skim milk to make it even sweeter.

Equal actually makes an artificial brown sugar sweetener.
it comes in a small brown box…i have used it before and really like it…keep in mind however, you need to still calcuate from the perspective that each equal packet has approx 4kcal with .75g carbs…you start adding those up, and they need to be calculated on any strict diet regime

A bowl of oatmeal with a spoonful of splenda and cold glass of Grow. Breakfast of champions!

Sugar Twin makes an artificial brown sugar. Tastes pretty good…maybe alittle too much of a molasses flavor to it though…

I find plain old oats with a little kosher salt are delicious if you follow the boil then steam approach.

boil 1/2 the water into the oats, then steam the other 1/2 in - makes them light and fluffy and tasty.

Like the others, cinammon, honey, whey, berries, heck, even a tiny bit of low sugar fruit spread if you need it. I put oranges and bananas in too and mash it all up.

For those of you who live on the wild side, and still eat pro/fat/and carbs together, add a scoop of natural peanut butter with that chocolate grow. Damn that’s good.

Try cooked oatmeal in a blender with all kinds of stuff. I use oatmeal, banana, protein powder, cottage cheese, water and ice, or instead of the banana I use applesauce and cinnamon. Cook the oatmeal in the microwave and then put in the freezer to cool before blending. I make a blender full and drink half then and take half to work to drink 2-3 hours later.

Pugs, I’ve seen my mom eat that stuff. I’m not sure who makes it, but it’s out there.

Klinester, applesauce… that could be the missing ingredient in a few of my concoctions.