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No Excuses…. Oats in a Flash & NO microwave!

Here are my 5 cinchy ideas to inspire you to include a solid bowl of oats to your morning.  Those on a gluten-free diet or those wanting a change can substitute quinoa for oats.  Hypoglycemics and diabetics: include some high density protein in your finish to keep your blood sugar at an even keel.

Step 1  Start with 3 cups of water, 1.2 tsp. salt and 1 cup of oats (whole or steel cut) or quinoa.

Step 2  The night before or an hour before, let water come up to a boil in a 2 quart sauce pot and add salt.  Let the oats come to a boil, turn heat down and simmer for 5 minutes.  Turn heat off, cover pot and let sit.

Step 3   The next morning or after your morning run, simply re-heat (adding a little water if needed) and finish with the following…..

*If you wish…   Add some coconut, rice, soy, almond, hemp, oat, goat or cow’s milk (I like to heat my milk up) and the following scrumptious additions.  They, too, can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge for a healthy nibble or yogurt topping…  The following makes enough for 4 servings!

Alternatively, I will mix my raw oat, kamut or spelt flakes with equal parts yogurt and milk (your choice). So, 1:1:1.  Then in the morning, I top it with cinnamon, a few strawberries and some hemp, pumpkin, sunflower, sesame seeds or all 4.   This is freakin fast and a “no sweat” approach.  Tasty and hearty!

Mashed Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Seeds, Gojis with Toasted Pine nuts, Cinnamon Apple-Cranberry

Mashed Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Seeds, Gojis with Pine nuts, Cinnamon Apple-Cranberry

The following mixes are for 4 toppings:

1.  Cinnamon-Apple-Cranberry–  1 apple thinly sliced and sauteed in 2 tsp. of coconut butter, or regular butter, 1 tbsp. agave (or a sprinkle of stevia), a couple shakes of cinnamon and a few soaked dried cranberries (plump ’em up in some warm water for a few minutes).  Give the mixture a little time to get soft and a little golden.   How about walnuts on top?  (I’m allergic to them….  But, I’ll bet they’d be great!)

2. Pumpkin Pie– Mash up 1/2 can organic pumpkin without the sugar, or 1 small yam or sweet potato, 2 tsp. coconut butter,  a dash of pumpkin pie seasoning or just nutmeg or cinnamon, and a 1 Tbsp. honey (or a sprinkle of stevia).  Top with pumpkin seeds.

3. Goji-Toasted Coconut Delight– Soak 1/3 cup goji berries in warm diluted apple or pear juice for 15 minutes.  Add some toasted coconut flakes and pine nuts which have been toasted for 5-10 minutes at 275-300 F.  Caution:  Coconut flakes brown FAST!  Keep your eye on them.  They’ll only need maybe 2-3 minutes.

4. Banana-Almond Spice- Slice 2 bananas, add 1/3 c. sliced almonds, 2 tbsp. raisins, 1/4 tsp. cardamom, 1/4 tsp. allspice, 1/4 tsp. ginger, and optional 2 tbsp. maple-agave syrup.

5. Stewed Pears with Dates & Cinnamon– To a medium saucepan add 1 pear, 2 dried apricots, 2 dates, all chopped, 1 cup water, 1/2 tsp, maple agave, 1/2 tbsp. ginger juice (grate and squeeze), 1/8 tsp.ginger, 1/8 tsp. cardamon.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.  Sprinkle some flax seeds on to finish.

*  Use organic ingredients wherever possible and feel free to mix the recipes up or add your own twist!

*  Try Mark Bittman’s ideas to jazz up your bowl of morning oats!  Check out the oat cakes !! http://markbittman.com/oatmeal-explosion-on-the-today-show

Cat Dillon

This blog is my journal, where I share everything wellness. From tips on healthy lifestyle to creating as much deliciousness in your life as possible.

Cat Dillon is the Cat in Caterpillar Nutrition and Wellness.

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