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Loaded Oatmeal

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LOADED OATMEAL

We all know that oatmeal is good for your heart, shown to lower cholesterol, and contributes to the daily fiber requirements you need; not to mention good for your taste buds and tummy. It is odd to me to know that a majority of people do not look at a bowl of oatmeal as an opportunity to load it with good healthy things to make it a complete meal. Some people even look at eating oatmeal as a chore or something they ‘HAVE” to do in order to stay healthy. I believe they feel this way because they eat it (actually choke it down) plain, YUCK! You wouldn’t eat raw chicken or a spoon of flour, why would you eat a BASE ingredient i.e. plain no flavor oats?. I am here to show all that you should eat oatmeal for your health but there is a right and a wrong way…. Right way– filled with wholesome fruit and nuts…. Wrong way–plain.

Give this recipe a try, especially during the winter on cold days or when you need a hearty meal before you pick up that snow shovel. Here’s to your new favorite breakfast, LOADED OATMEAL!

SERVES 2

2 cups organic toasted old fashioned oats (NOT INSTANT OR QUICK OATS) or steel cut organic toasted oats

3.5 cups of water

1/4 cup dried unsweetened organic cranberries

1/4 cup organic thompson black raisins

1/4 cup organic golden raisins

1/4 cup un-sulfered organic dried apricots (fine diced)

2 ripe organic bananas

1/4 cup raw organic almonds, fine chopped

2 TBSP. organic medium brown sugar

In a large pot, place water, cranberries, black raisins, golden raisins and apricots, stir well and bring to a boil on high heat. Stir in the oats and continue to cook for 3 to 5 minutes while stirring constantly until water has been absorbed, be sure not to burn. Remove from heat and divide into two serving dishes. On each serving, thick slice one whole banana, top with 1 TBSP. brown sugar and 1/2 of the chopped almonds. Serve immediately.

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