Showing posts with label cinnamon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cinnamon. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Breakfast of Champions: Baked oatmeal with strawberries and peaches

Baked oatmeal is the happy love child of a bowl of thick oatmeal and fruit cobbler. Many recipes are loaded with butter so they lean more towards dessert; this recipe has all of the warm-in-your-tummy goodness of cobbler without the calories. Try baking this on the weekend and starting your morning with a quick breakfast before work or school; this reheats quickly in the microwave and is delicious with a splash of milk on top.

Ready to dig in!
Strawberry-Peach Baked Oatmeal

  • 2 cups strawberries (fresh or frozen are both fine)
  • 1-2 peaches
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats - the 5-minute kind, not instant
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup nuts
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 cups low-fat milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Spray a square baking pan or deep pie plate with non-stick cooking spray
  3. Pour berries into bottom of prepared square pan; top with diced peaches (no need to peel). Save the fruit scraps for your compost.
  4. In a 4 cup measuring cup, mix together the oats, brown sugar, baking powder, nuts, cinnamon and flax. Cover fruit with dry mixture and even out surface.
  5. Reuse your measuring cup to melt butter in microwave (let's not create more dishes than necessary!). Add eggs, milk and vanilla and whisk together until smooth. Pour liquid mixture over oats evenly.
  6. Pop into the oven and bake for about 40 minutes or until fruit layer is bubbling and edges are browned. This may take a bit longer if your fruit was still frozen. 
This reheats well in the microwave. I make this on the weekend when I have more time and then enjoy throughout the week for a fast and healthy breakfast. Enjoy!
Cut strawberries and peaches
Chopped fruit
Dry ingredients
Mixing the liquid ingredients
Pour over the dry ingredients and garnish with some pecans if you wish
Ready to dig in!




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Thursday, July 12, 2012

I like it a latte! Spice up your morning mug

I like it a latte! Spice up your morning mug

If you're trying to cut back on added sugars, sweetened coffee drinks are a great target. Mochas and blended coffee drinks are jam-packed with added sugars, added fats and aren't doing your waistline any favors. Try making your coffee at home to save money, calories and wasting paper cups. Triple win!

When you brew your coffee, you'll get the best flavor if you grind the beans just before brewing. Most of the time I remember to do this the night before as part of my "getting ready for tomorrow" routine. One simple way to mix things up? Add some spices!

Dried orange peel and cinnamon

Good choices:
  • ground cinnamon
  • ground ginger
  • ground cloves
  • dried or fresh orange peel (orange zest)
  • vanilla extract
  • almond extract
Simply add your desired spices to the coffee grounds before brewing et voila! Spiced coffee without added sugar!

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Banana "ice-cream"...a low-calorie dessert that actually tastes super!



There are few things more delicious than excellent ice-cream. And with summer's heat, ice-cream is a tempting way to cool off. However, the high number of calories of even a reasonable portion might take you off track from your beach-bod journey. And the whole pint? Don't get me started! What to do?

I was introduced to this ice-cream substitute last summer from my lovely former roommate Kelly. Even though I am a dietitian, I have a huge sweet tooth. When she was telling me about this frozen banana mush as being something worth trying, I had a pretty high level of skepticism. I tried it though and am an official convert; it really is creamy and delicious! This is lovely dessert that tastes like ice-cream but has the calories of one banana. Magic? Pretty much!

What is in a name? In order for the food package to be labeled as ice-cream, it must contain a minimum of 10% milk fat. Fat gives the creamy mouth feel of good ice-cream, but it also bulks up the calories and saturated fat content. Soft serve treats are sometimes lower in fat and calories, but don't have enough fat to be labeled as ice-cream. Search for the work ice-cream on the menu boards and your cone will be melted before you see it; it isn't there!

Banana "ice-cream"

Ingredients
  • 1 frozen banana per person/serving
Optional ingredients and flavors
  • cocoa powder
  • melted chocolate chips
  • cinnamon powder
  • vanilla extract
  • peanut or almond butter

Directions
  1. Peel banana and place in plastic bag or reusable container. Freeze until solid (note: if you're trying to hurry things along, slice the banana. More surface area = faster freezing time).


These slices quickly freeze solid

  • Place frozen banana in food processor and blend until smooth and creamy; this will take a few minutes. Scoop down the sides of the bowl to make sure there aren't any lumps! 
Smooth and creamy "ice-cream"!

  • If you're interested in flavors, add 'em! If not, scoop some into your bowl and enjoy! 
  • Cocoa powder and cinnamon added...yum!
  • If you have left overs, scoop it into a container and store in the freezer. For best results, let the frozen "ice-cream" warm up for a few minutes before serving; this will help it be just as creamy.

Kelly has her own lovely blog called Off The Wall; I'd recommend you check it out! She has great recipes for you to try and love!

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