Peanut Butter Oatmeal
I don’t make resolutions. After the excess of the holidays I’m ready for wholesome simple food. It’s also January. Despite a lifetime in northern climates I’ve never liked being cold. Although I’ve learned to dress for the weather, comfort food that gives me energy helps get me out the door. My favorite is Peanut Butter Oatmeal.
Why I Eat Peanut Butter Oatmeal
Oatmeal is a warm, soothing start to the day. I find adding nut butters to be more satisfying than simply putting nuts on my oatmeal. Starting the day this way keeps me full throughout the morning, even as a pre-workout strategy.
Peanut Butter Oatmeal My Twist on Lunch
Throughout my childhood I was rarely ready to eat at breakfast time. Since lunch was my favorite meal, my preferred oatmeal is a twist on my beloved PB&J sandwich. Kids will love the idea of having lunch for breakfast. A favorite variation, inspired by Elvis, substitutes banana for berries.
For more information about the health and weight loss benefits associated with soluble fibre and and oatmeal read this article from the Mayo Clinic.
1 cup water
½ cup rolled oats
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon of peanut butter
3/4 cup blueberries or rasberries
¼ cup light vanilla almond milk
1 teaspoon maple syrup (optional)
Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. While boiling add a pinch of salt and ½ cup of rolled oats. Do not cook the oats in milk or add them to the water before it boils. Either method will cause the cereal to become mushy and loose the toothsome texture of the individual oats. Immediately reduce heat to a simmer and add the vanilla. Stir until the water is absorbed, approximately five minutes. Remove from the heat and serve with the peanut butter, berries, maple syrup and light vanilla almond milk.
Elvis Oatmeal Recipe
Follow the PB&B Oatmeal recipe. Substitute 1/2 banana for the berries.