Friday, October 14, 2011

Almond Berry Oatmeal

Steel cut oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfasts, next to the smoothies!  There are some mornings, especially in the winter where you just need a nice, hot bowl of oatmeal.  Here is a recipe that will warm your belly & leave you totally satisfied :)  If you haven't tried steel cut oats before, you are missing out.  They make your oatmeal chewy, not mushy.  There is debate whether they are better for you than rolled oats, but not enough solid evidence to know.  I do know they are better for you than quick oatmeal though.  It does take 25-30 minutes to cook, so there is a down side to steel cut oats, but if you have the time, it's worth the wait!  I make a large batch so I have enough to reheat for another day or two.

Steel cut oatmeal (according to package directions)
Agave or brown sugar
Coconut oil (only about 1 tsp. per serving)
Berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc...)
Bananas, sliced
Almonds, raw (chopped)
Coconut (optional)
Cinnamon, sprinkled on top

You can add anything you like to oatmeal, obviously, but this is a combination that I love!  Just add your sugar sparingly and let the berries & bananas do the sweetening.  In the winter when berries aren't in season, you can use craisins & apples. The coconut oil will add a good healthy fat for the day and will flavor it just enough to add a little twist!  If it's too thick you can thin it out with some milk or half & half. 

Bon Appetit

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