Showing posts with label oatmeal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label oatmeal. 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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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Breakfast of Champions: Super Oatmeal

Oatmeal has a well deserved reputation of being a healthy breakfast. With the soluble fiber contributing to heart health and the whole grains keeping you satisfied, it is no wonder that people feel like they've gotten off to a good start when their breakfast bowl has oatmeal.

Since I like to tweak recipes to make them healthier and better, I have created a "super oatmeal" that is healthy and satisfying. 1/4 cup of oats may not seem like a lot, but when it is bulked up with fruit and nut butter, it is plenty!

Super Oatmeal

1/4 cup quick oats (cooks in 5 minutes)
1/2 cup water
1 medium apple, chopped
1 Tablespoon nut butter (almond, peanut, per your preference)
1 Tablespoon ground flax seed
1 cup low-fat milk or soy milk
Cinnamon powder and vanilla extract to flavor

1. Chop the apples and add to 1/2 cup of water in a small sauce pan. Cover, and bring to a boil.
2. Stir in the oats, cinnamon and vanilla and lower the heat to a simmer. Set the timer for 5 minutes and stir occasionally.
3. At the end of cooking, stir in the spoonful of nut butter and the flax seeds. Plop the thick cereal into a bowl and surround with your favorite milk. I like my oatmeal pretty thick, so I like this "island" approach with the cereal surrounded by the milk. If you prefer thinner oatmeal, you can either make with more water or stir in the milk. You choose!

This recipe is easily doubled or tripled to feed more hungry folks.

Interestingly, this oatmeal is actually good reheated. You can make enough for several breakfasts, reheat the single portion in the microwave and pour your milk in afterwards.

The flax seeds offer many benefits beyond their delicious nutty flavor. When ground up, the seeds offer fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. The typical American diet is pretty low in omega-3 fatty acids and so we should embrace any opportunity to have more in our daily lives. Just make sure to grind the seeds before eating to have access to these benefits; our body cannot brake through the seed coat. Sprinkle on our foods and your body will thank you!

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