Whole-Grain Warmup

Whole-Grain Warmup



This delicious healthy oatmeal recipe is sweet, creamy, and satisfying and will start your day with a nice warm tummy. Best of all, it tastes like a slice of apple pie!

  • 1 cup old fashioned or steel cut oatmeal
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 apple thinly sliced then cut into thirds (basically thin bite sized pieces)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce (if you have the little cups each is 1/2 cup)

In a medium sauce pan combine the almond milk, oatmeal, cinnamon and maple syrup, heat on low until most of the milk is absorbed (stir as needed), once most of the milk is absorbed add in the apple sauce and stir together. If you like your apples soft add them in now too, if you like some crunch wait until you are about to serve to stir in. Once all the apple sauce and milk is absorbed, about 15-20 minutes total, remove from heat and serve.

Each serving has: 309 calories, 5 g fats, 8 g fiber, 6 g protein, and 62 g carbs.

Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfast treats that my family loves, too. It warms you up on a cold day, and makes your belly feel good without making you feel sluggish or heavy.

I have been running through the list of Quaker Oatmeal Packets, and Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal use to be my favorite. I want to remind you all that the little packets have preservatives and thickening agents plus 13 grams of sugar vs. this recipe only 7 grams of sugar, not the best choice in food if you ask me.

The packets use quick oats, I have recently switched to Old Fashioned oats not because of any nutritional reasons, but because they are so much tastier, bigger and do not turn to mush.

If you love quick oats by all means use them instead of rolled oats in this healthy oatmeal recipe.

Makes one serving of Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. dark brown sugar

In a small sauce pan get 1 cup of water boiling, add the oatmeal and cinnamon and reduce to low. Stir once in a while until all the water is absorbed. Add in the maple syrup and mix together. Move oatmeal to a bowl, sprinkle with brown sugar and serve.

Each serving has: 176 calories, 3 g fat, 4 g fiber, 5 g protein, 33 g carbs.

I love the combination of peanut butter, bananas and honey. When I was little my mom would combine the three for me in a sandwich, so this banana and almond butter oatmeal combo is one of those nostalgic meals that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy and bring me back to an easier time in my life. In my quest for new metabolism boosting meals, I came up with this little number. I recommend almond butter for weight loss vs. peanut butter.

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup steel cut or old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 banana thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 teaspoons honey (optional)

In a medium sauce pan combine the almond milk and oatmeal, heat on low until most of the liquid is absorbed. Add in 1/2 of the banana slices and the almond butter, mix together and let the oatmeal soak up the rest of the milk. Remove from the heat, move to two bowls, top with the remaining banana slices and drizzle with honey.

Each serving has: 375 calories, 6 g fat, 8 g fiber, 8 g protein, 66 g carbs.

Did you know that oatmeal, yogurt and cinnamon all boost your metabolism? I use to love the little Quaker oatmeal packets, but they are full of sugar, preservatives and thickening agents, not a smart choice! So I made my favorite flavor and added Greek yogurt to make it creamy and cinnamon just because I love it so much. Don’t be put off by the balsamic vinegar; it sweetens the strawberries without adding any sugar.

  • 1 cups water
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon- you can also toss a cinnamon stick in w/ the boiling water
  • 1/2 cup chopped strawberries- fresh or frozen defrosted
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon honey

In a small pot combine water, oatmeal and cinnamon, cover and bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low. While the oatmeal absorbs all the cinnamon scented water get on with the strawberries.

In a small bowl combine strawberries and balsamic vinegar and with the back of a fork smash and mix until you have strawberry mush (very technical term) then add the yogurt, vanilla, honey and mix well.

Once the water and oatmeal are absorbed and add in the strawberry mixture and stir until all combined, let thicken for a minute or so, remove from heat and serve.

Each serving has: 97 calories, 1 g fat, 2.5 g fiber, 5 g protein, 18 g carbs.

One of the keys to clean eating is getting what’s in season whenever you can, when strawberries are in season they inexpensive and much more flavorful than when you purchase out of season. So be sure to make this dish when you can get the berries in season, if you are using frozen strawberries see the recipe above, it’s more conducive to using frozen.

  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoon honey
  • 4 large strawberries
  • 1 small banana

Thinly slice the strawberries and banana, set aside.

In a medium saucepan bring the water to a boil add the oats, cinnamon and nutmeg, reduce to low and stir occasionally until all the water is absorbed. Once the water is absorbed remove from heat, stir in the honey.

Plate the oatmeal and top with sliced strawberries and bananas.

Each serving has: 150 calories, 1.5 g fat, 4 g fiber, 4 g protein, 33 g carbs.

By | 2017-06-15T03:13:17+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Recipes|Comments Off on Whole-Grain Warmup

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