So now that I'm eating to better fuel my body (and help shed those pounds!), I have been exploring new ways to eat oatmeal that keeps me satisfied and gets my metabolism revved up for the day.
I tried Peanut Butter & Honey oatmeal I saw on a blog somewhere (I am so sorry if that was you, I would have linked to you, but I just can't remember!). I like PB. I like honey. But I DO NOT like them mixed with oatmeal.
I tried it with cut up fresh fruit or dried fruit. Okay, but kinda bland.
I tried it with various flavors of yogurt mixed in. Again, okay, but it kinda weirded me out. I still get weirded out by yogurt. I think it's the whole 'live bacteria' thing. I'll get over it...someday.
I did NOT try the mashed up banana recipes many of you have raved about. I'm sure they are good. But I cannot handle bananas. It's a texture thing and kinda a flavor thing. I'm weird like that.
But one morning it just came to me! What about mixing these things together: oatmeal, unsweetened apples, chopped pecans, a little cinnamon, some sweetener and a teeny dash of vanilla. Voila! And for reals...it tastes like apple pie. Sometimes I throw in some chopped apples for good measure!
So here's the 'recipe' if you like exact science (though I don't think I've ever made this by using actual measuring utensils. More like eyeballing these type of measurements:
1/2 c. dry oats (this I do measure...it can be steel cut oats or quick oats) - prepared according to package instructions
**once the oatmeal has been cooked, add the following...
1/4 to 1/2 c. of unsweetened applesauce
1 or 2 tsp. of chopped pecans (or nut of your choice...or skip this part, it'll still be good!)
a small amount of sweetener if desired (ie - stevia, sucanat, agave syrup, etc.) - this is optional
sprinkle of cinnamon (according to your tastes)
teeny tiny dash of vanilla extract.
Mix it all together and enjoy! Complex carbs, protein, fiber and roughly 250-300 calories for your breakfast...and tasty to boot!
Let me know if you give it a try and what you think!