I love eating oatmeal for a healthy breakfast during the cold Canadian winter months.
I can remember as a little girl my mother making me oatmeal during Canadian Winters. Truth be told back then I loved to eat it because she would put brown sugar on the top and I loved to eat the ‘ brown sugar rivers’ on the oatmeal.
To get the most out of this super food, be a bit particular.
Some packets of instant oatmeal, for example, are loaded with sugar — as much as 8 teaspoons per serving -some instant oatmeals even have more sugar than a chocolate bar!
Great oatmeal starts with plain rolled oats, or steel-cut oats, cooked in a little water or milk, and topped with nutrient dense foods. ( like this recipe!)
Now as an adult I love oatmeal for that feeling of fullness it brings, of warmth in the winter and the nutritional benefits.
Oatmeal is high in fibre, helping you feel FULL for longer and fibre also helps to stabilize your blood sugar to ward off sugar cravings.
Steel cut oats are a personal favourite of mine as they are nuttier, chewier and pack more fibre than regular rolled oats. Because they are less processed than rolled, it presents a little problem….they are a PAIN to make in the morning when you are in a rush.
Apple Pie Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats
1 cup of steel cut oats
4 cups of unsweetened almond or coconut milk
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
2 apples, chopped
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
2 Tablespoons of pure maple syrup
Combine all of the above, stir and allow to cook overnight in slow cooker on low for 8 hours.
A great trick that I like to do to make this ahead of time is to take a muffin tin, line it with parchment paper or grease with coconut oil and freeze it.
Then I pop out the oatmeal in the morning, heat it and ta- da! An incredibly healthy breakfast that is made for you when you wake up!
Any other oatmeal lovers out there?
Topping your apple pie oats give you an extra hit of protein to keep you full for longer.
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