Saturday, March 2, 2013

I felt that it was wrong not to share

And I will never be able to go back to regular oatmeal again. Ever.

I'm not really sure what to call this, I guess the best name for it would be:
'Peanut Butter Pecan Maple Syrup Cinnamon Oatmeal that you will wake up on time (or even a little bit early) to make'.

Just a  side note to explain why I even stumbled upon this little piece of breakfast heaven.
James and I have been trying to wean processed foods and animal proteins out of our diet.
Well, except eggs and dairy; we haven't got there yet.
And we both love meat. And will probably (or certainly) continue to eat it, on occasion.
At least for now, (and probably forever).
Anyway, we just felt like we need to take better stock of what we put into our (and our children's) bodies.
And after watching one too many food documentaries, and jumping on the juicing bandwagon, we decided to make some (very small) steps in the eating 'plant based, whole foods' direction.

So there it is.
I'm officially making myself more accountable.;)

Anyway, back to the yummy food.  
After about a week and a half of eating a lot of raw veggies, I got a little (or a lot) desperate to eat something that wasn't cold, raw, and in the form of a salad.
So I got online, and got some ideas.
And I also later realized that this was body's desperate attempt to get some form of sugar, which, I'm apparently addicted to.
And it did.
It's very clever, that serotonin makin' brain of mine (it wants sugar and it wants it bad).

So here is the recipe and some pictures that don't do it justice. 

1-2 bananas
1/2 TBS butter (or dairy free butter)
2TBS peanut butter
1 cup rolled oats
1-2 tsp chia seeds 
(and if you're like me and have no clue what chia seeds are they are this teeny tiny little seed, that absorbs 10x their weight in water.  Apparently they are the best form of omega 3 around, help control blood sugar, lower blood pressure, and they do a lot of other wonderful things that I don't really know about.)
1tsp cinnamon
2 cups milk (or almond milk)
1tsp vanilla

1-2 TBS peanut butter
 (or almond milk, or I've also used coconut milk)
Maple syrup 
(1-2TBS, or you could go a little crazy and add a couple more)

It's super simple, first, dice up your banana and put into medium pot on medium heat along with the butter.  Cook for 3-5 min.
Then add the peanut butter, oats, chia seeds, cinnamon and milk.
Continue cooking and stirring for about 5-7 minutes.
Add the vanilla,
then dish out, add the toppings and relish making something that is not only 'whole' and healthy, but also  extremely yummy!
(This recipe serves 2 heaping bowls of oatmeal).

The original recipe is from here.  And a word of warning: this blog will make you incredibly hungry; I would advise not making a grocery list for the week on an empty stomach while perusing through all the amazing pictures of food she has. 
You will come out of Whole Foods a lot poorer.;)
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
(I also think my husband's love for me grew a smidge the morning I made it).;)

1 comment:

Monika said...

We're on like, the other half of the journey...very nearly all our meat and m0st of our dairy comes from well raised pastured animals and I feel good about what is going into my family....and we're just starting to take grudging steps toward less processed stuff on the vegetative side of the equation. And only that since bread and pasta started making me feel horrible.