As the season turns to fall, the days get shorter and the coats come out, the body starts to crave warming foods. Soups, stews, steaming mugs of cider and porridge. These foods warm us from the inside out and help our bodies prepare for, and get through, the tough winters.
While I love my smoothies and salads for the spring and summer, I equally love my soups and oatmeals for the fall and winter. I am constantly on a quest for a new variation in my morning porridge and recently found one that I am pretty excited about. It tastes like a peanut butter and banana sandwich, just on top of oatmeal instead of bread. And if you’ve never had peanut butter and banana on bread together and think I’m crazy, you are sorely missing out and should try this pronto. :)
A few quick thoughts on the main ingredients in this breakfast yumminess:
Nut Butters: An excellent source of protein, nut butters are a great addition to a healthy diet, if you buy the right kind. Many brands on supermarket shelves out there are loaded with sugar and extra salt. These products give nut butters a bad rap. Read your ingredients label! If it has sugar listed, put it back on the shelf. I am an almond butter girl and make sure to buy brands where the only ingredients are almonds, with no added salt. This recipe calls for 1 tbsp, which is right in line with the recommended serving size on the container.
Oats: I have never been a big fan of instant oatmeal. I never had it growing up so I don’t think it tastes anything like the real thing. Oatmeal is extremely easy to make. I cook my oats (typically a combination of old fashioned oats and steel cut oats) in a big glass bowl in my microwave. It only takes 5 minutes and cooking them on the stove doesn’t take much longer than that either. I promise, it is worth the effort. Old fashioned oats are less processed, so they have more of the whole oat, therefore will keep you more full for longer. Plus they are more nutritious and don’t have any of the added stuff (i.e. sugar) that instant oatmeal commonly has.
Almond Butter and Banana Oatmeal
1/2 cup oats
1 cup water
1 tbsp unsalted sunflower seeds
1/2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp almond butter
dash of cinnamon
Combine oats and water in a microwavable bowl with higher sides. Place in the microwave and cook for 5 minutes (the higher sides on the bowl will prevent it from boiling over and making a mess). After cooking is complete, let sit for a few minutes to cool slightly. Then add sunflower seeds, chia seeds and almond butter. Stir so that ingredients are mixed evenly with the oats. Pour into a cereal bowl and slice the banana on top. Finish it off with a dash of cinnamon.
~Peace, love and healthy breakfasts~