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Oatmeal, How I Love Thee….

July 11, 2010

Oatmeal  

Nothin’ says lovin’ like a luscious hot bowl of old fashioned oatmeal. I love to incorporate oatmeal into my family’s breakfast at least three times a week. Unfortunately, my two year old won’t go near the stuff unless it is in the form of a pancake or bread. Here are a couple ways I love to have my oatmeal and, eat it too.

Whipped Banana Oatmeal (From Kath Eats Real Food)

(*changes made to the recipe by me)

  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats (I prefer organic)
  • 1/3 cup 1% or skim or soy milk
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 a banana, sliced
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • Vanilla, stirred in at end
  • Spoonful of nut butter*
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed (optional)*

For two servings, we start by combining rolled oats, water, and milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Slice a banana into VERY thin pieces, leaving just a few bigger chunks. Walk away for a few minutes while the oatmeal heats. Once it begins to steam or bubble, stir vigorously at times to “whip” the banana into the oats. The oats will take about 5 minutes on medium heat from start to finish to fully absorb the liquid. They’re done when they reach your desired consistency! Then I stir in vanilla and portion into bowls. I like to add a spoonful of peanut butter. Heaven!  

Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes 

  • 1/3 c Old Fashioned Oatmeal
  • 2 eggs (or egg whites to make them reduced fat)
  • Dash of milk (until desired thickness obtained)
  • 1/3  C  Pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (more or less)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp agave nectar (or sugar if you prefer, more or less depending on how sweet you like ’em)
  • 1/4 – 1/3 c  whole wheat flour (more or less again, depending on how thick you like them.)

Sometimes I add a little plain low-fat organic yogurt or buckwheat flour for some of the whole wheat jlour. I also usually add  1 tsp of chia and 2 tbsp ground flax.

Mix together the eggs and oats. This is when I let Amelia stir to her heart’s content while I do something like, unload the dishwasher. This gives the oats time to soften. Or if you feel inclined, soak your oats overnight in yogurt or water in the fridge.)

5 min later…mix together the other ingredients until just combined.

TIP: When cooking, don’t move them until they are “set” otherwise you will have a big mess and they will be tough!

 Other great reasons to eat your oats :

  • Oatmeal is high in soluble fiber, which helps to promote a feeling of fullness after meals.
  • A diet high in oatmeal can reduce the ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol without affecting the ‘good’ HDL cholesterol and has been demonstrated to be as effective as cholesterol lowering medication.
  • Oatmeal is a good source of low glycemic carbohydrates and can help to promote stable blood sugar levels.
  • Oats contain phytonutrients called lignans, which are beneficial for heart health.
  • Oats are very inexpensive. YAY! Learn more about oatmeal here
  • You are better off avoiding the prepackaged flavored oatmeal as it is full of sugars that suppress the health benefits that oatmeal has to offer. Instead add your own “flavor” to your oatmeal like fruit, honey, nuts, raisins, real maple syrup, agave nectar or cinnamon. Lastly, to save a few dollars buy it in bulk at Cub, Rainbow,  Whole Foods, or where ever they many have the bulk bins.
  • How do you enjoy your oats?

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