I had the most amazing bowl of oatmeal this morning. It was so delicious that I ate it so fast and forgot to take a photo. (Note: What kind of world do we live in where we have to try to remember to photograph our food before eating it? What happened to just eating? Who knows. Rant over). I wanted to share the recipe with you all because, well, it’s easy, delicious, full of protein and totally a great jump-starter for any day (even a lazy Saturday in March when it’s too cold outside to go for a walk).
The above photo is an old one from a few weeks ago when I made my favourite oatmeal recipe: Oats, cinnamon, one sliced banana and a teaspoon of Nutella (obviously). I took my favourite oatmeal recipe and shook it up this morning. What a success that was!
What you need:
Step one: Buy some freakin’ oatmeal! Not the uber-sweet, pre-seasoned stuff (those are good for days when you’re in a rush/feeling the ultimate laziness). Get this one: Quaker One Minute Oats. Under $4.00 at your local Wal-Mart, you can’t go wrong. These babes have only 120-calories per 1/3 cup (30g). For that same portion, 1/3 cup has 11 per cent of the daily fibre we need to keep things moving, if you know what I mean.
Step two: Buy your favourite berries. I chose blackberries for my concoction this morning, and boy were they amazing.
Step three: Frozen fruit can be used for more than just smoothies! I had some Welch’s frozen mango in my freezer, so I popped a handful of those babies into the microwave for about a minute to defrost them before adding them to the mix.
Step four: Buy some Nutella. I know the no-name brands are a lot cheaper, but they don’t taste the same. Splurge and get the good stuff.
Step five: Get some of this goodness: PC Blue Menu Chocolate Granola Boost with Protein. It’s made with whole grain oats and wheat, semi-sweet chocolate chips, sliced almonds and cocoa powder. Um, yum!
Step six: Go to your local bulk food store and pick up some roasted unsalted sunflower seeds and flaxseeds. These protein filled seeds aren’t just good for oatmeal, they’re good to add into your favourite recipes or top salads with.
Step seven: You’re going to need some cinnamon.
How to make the oatmeal:
- Boil about 1/2 a cup of water over the stove. I always boil extra than that for my tea!
- In a cereal bowl, put 1/3 cup of oatmeal and top with your desired amount of cinnamon. Remember, too much cinnamon can be overpowering!
- Sprinkle 1 tsp of both sunflower and flaxseeds on top of the dry ingredients in the cereal bowl.
- Take the mango you defrosted (as mentioned above) and pour it into that same bowl.
- Wash a handful of blackberries (or another favourite berry) and add them in.
- Take less than a handful of the PC Blue Menu granola and toss it in – just that right amount of crunch.
- And now, the best for last: Scoop 1 tsp of Nutella out of the jar and slide it on top. Don’t forget to take a little extra of the good stuff afterwards and lick it off the spoon.
- Once the water has boiled, pour about half into the bowl and stir. If you feel your oatmeal is still too dry, add the rest. Everyone has their preferences!
- And then, well, eat it!
Not only is this recipe going to make your breakfast thoroughly enjoyable, but it’s also going to give you the energy, nutrients and sweet treat you need to make it through your day. Of course, having this daily with Nutella may not be the wisest decision, but I’m sure the recipe would be equally as awesome with all natural peanut butter. PC Blue Menu’s Just Peanuts Smooth Peanut Butter is always my go to!
If you don’t take anything away from this post other than the fact that I love Nutella and anything PC Blue Menu, then at least you learned something about me today.
What’s your favourite oatmeal recipe?