Power Packed Oatmeal

March 3, 2011

a bowl of power packed breakfast oats

Oatmeal is a fairly easy and nutritious breakfast to make, though depending on how it’s prepared will result in how good and nutritious it is. One could make an extremely watery bland bowl or a bowl with so much sugar that it might as well be a candy bar. This easy recipe takes regular rolled oats (fiber) and combines them with walnuts (omega 3’s), dried apricots (fiber), blue berries (antioxidants), and flax seed (omega 3’s) to create a power packed breakfast worthy of trying, adopting and adapting. A bit of vanilla bean paste is used to add to the deliciousness. Don’t like apricots? Try other dried fruits like raisins, currants or cranberries.

Ingredients

1 cup of regular rolled oats
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp of vanilla bean paste or extract
1/4 cup of rough chopped walnuts
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
1/3 cup of frozen blueberries
1 tsp of ground flaxseed

Preparation

In a medium sauce pan add 1 cup of water and 1 cinnamon stick and bring to a rapid boil. Reduce heat to medium and add oats and stir for about one minute. Add vanilla bean paste, dried apricots and walnuts and continue to stir until oats until water is reduced and oats have cooked thoroughly. Oats should be easy to stir, not stiff. Turn off heat and immediately portion out your oatmeal in to a bowl. Top oats with blueberries, flaxseed and serve. An easy, low sugar, power packed and delicious bowl of oatmeal makes for a great way to start your day.

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