May 05, 2011

Maple Walnut Oatmeal

Oatmeal can be so BLAH. I'm always looking for new ways to make breakfast, the most important meal of the day, a little more exciting. Oatmeal makes it's round on the rotation quite often. Many mornings I am in too much of a rush to really do anything special to my bowl of oatmeal. Oatmeal simmered in water. BLAH.

This morning was not a BLAH kind of breakfast. I simmered my oatmeal in milk and maple syrup with some dried apples and then topped it with toasted walnuts. Creamy, sweet, and crunchy. Perfection. This is the most incredible bowl of oatmeal I have made in a long time.

Another winner from the Flat Belly Diet Cookbook. This recipe is a definite keeper.

Makes 4 Servings (Serving size = 3/4 cup)

Stars of the Show:
  • 2 cups 1% milk - I used skim milk.
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried pears or apples - I used dried apples.
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts
And Action:

In a medium pot combine the milk, oats, pears or apples, maple syrup, and salt. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until the oats are tender. Sprinkle with the walnuts.

Nutritional Information Per Serving:
MUFA: Walnuts
Calories: 321
Protein: 10 g
Carbohydrates: 45 g
Fat: 12 g
Saturated Fat: 2 g
Cholesterol: 6 mg
Sodium: 481 mg
Fiber: 4 g


The Country Cook said...

I never would have thought of simmering the oatmeal with the maple syrup. That is really a good idea. Did you use the quick cooking oats for this?

Pretend Chef said...

Brandie - Gimme a sec. Running to the pantry. Haha!... Yes! I did use quick oats.

Christine's Pantry said...

Great idea about simmering the oatmeal with the maple syrup. Sounds great!

Lizzy said...

I've been avoiding oatmeal since the age of 10 or so, but with the addition of apples, pears and maple syrup, I may be converted back to an oatmeal fan!!!

Pretend Chef said...

Christine - It was a brillant idea from the cookbook. I am so grateful I've got that tip to use from now on. It tasted so much better.

Lizzy - I've always been an oatmeal fan so I can't promise you'll become a fan but it is pretty darn good. Healthy makes it even better!

Tiffany said...

Maple walnut is my favorite ice cream ... why not make it into oatmeal! YUM!

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