Oat with the old and in with the meal

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OatmealHere’s a colourful way to start your day. This is the Maple Banana Oatmeal and I used blueberries which was a suggestion in the book. However, I blended them with the milk instead of stirring hence the purple colour.

Blueberries or not, here’s what you’ll need

  • 1.5 cups rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon of butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • chopped toasted almonds or other nuts.

1. In a pot combine the oats, butter, salt and water (oh yeah, the butter and salt is optional).
Bring the water to a boil until it bubbles vigorously. Reduce heat to low, stir, cover and continue to cook for five minutes. (I would continue to stir during this time as my oatmeal stuck to the bottom).

2.Mix banana and milk in blender until smooth. (I used blueberries instead and estimated about a half cup. I then realized we had bananas so I chopped them up and put them on top of the oatmeal after it was made. So get creative, and add different fruits if you’re not a banana fan. The book suggests figs, cranberries, raisins or currants).

3. Stir the puree, maple syrup and cinnamon to the mix and continue to cook over low heat for a few more minutes. Top with nuts, if desired.

I made this the night before and refrigerated. Reheat for about 2.5 minutes in the microwave before adding nuts.

Fun facts per one cup serving:

Calories: 194, Protein: 6g, Carbohydrates: 36g, Dietary Fiber: 4g, Total fat: 4g, Saturated fat: 1 g, Monounsaturated fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 3mg and Sodium: 20 mg.

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