Morning Oats… No Sugar Added

by tgiffitness on April 17, 2013

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Today’s recipe isn’t the tiny little packet of quick oats and sugar you get at the grocery store. It is a power house of super foods designed to support your training and fuel your body! Oatmeal isn’t for everybody, my husband made that clear. But to me, oatmeal is comforting, warm, sweet and simple. It is also one of the most satisfying and nutritious breakfasts you could make for yourself in 5 minutes. The options are endless.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbs uncontaminated rolled oats
  • 2 tbs quinoa flakes
  • 1 tbs hemp hearts
  • 1/3 tbs milled flax seed
  • 1 tbs dried cranberries
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tbs raw, hulled pumpkin seeds – Optional

Directions:

  • Heat a small sauce pan on medium heat.
  • Mash 1 banana. I use frozen bananas that I defrost in the microwave for 45 seconds. Frozen bananas work well because they are waterier than fresh bananas and therefore are a little bit easier to mix with the almond milk and oats.
  • Storage tips: Peel bananas prior to freezing. Defrosting unpeeled bananas is messy. Break each banana in half. Not every recipe calls for a hole banana, plus they are easier to store when they are smaller. Store in an air tight freezer bag or container. Nobody likes freezer burn.
  • Add all ingredients, except for the cranberries and pumpkin seeds, to the sauce pan and mix well. Stirring regularly, allow the oats to simmer for approximately 3 to 5 minutes or until the oats have softened.
  • Remove from heat, transfer to a bowl and top with dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds.
  • Be careful, your oatmeal will be hot! I am usually a very impatient eater, and end up burning my mouth on the majority of my food. Because of this I like to save a bit of the almond milk to pour over my oatmeal just before eating. Not too much though, you don’t want soaked oats!

Enjoy!

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