Oatmeal to start your day happy

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Oatmeal is such a great workday breakfast: easy, comforting, super-healthy, and filling enough to prevent 10am hunger pangs. But I’ve also definitely had some bad versions: bland, mushy unappealing gruel that gets boring way too fast, or a pre-packaged pouch of something so sugary it negates all the health benefits of the oats. I have been troubleshooting my oatmeal for a long time, and finally hit on a version that seems to come out just right every time.

You start with good quality rolled oats (not par-cooked instant oats – these turn to mush too quickly), and cook them properly over the stove for a delicious custardy texture.The well balanced sweetness of this recipe comes from the combination of stevia, real vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Ground flaxseed meal adds fiber and omega-3 fatty acids without compromising the taste. Almond, soy or real milk adds creaminess.  And finally, peaches and dried cranberries add color and sunshine to each bite.

Makes 2 generous servings – I refrigerate the second serving and enjoy it the next morning (adding a little milk prior to microwaving it).

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of rolled oats (not instant or Irish style) – TJ’s sells certified gluten-free ones
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 packet of stevia
  • 1/2 tsp real vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp golden flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (I use unsweetened vanilla flavor) or soy or cow’s milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh or frozen peaches
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries

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Heat the oats and water in a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat until boiling. Add stevia, salt, vanilla, cinnamon, dried cranberries and flaxseed meal. Mix and lower to medium heat. The mixture should start to bubble up and periodically puff out. Keep cooking, stirring periodically until the mixture takes on a custardy texture (about 5-8 min). Lower the heat to a simmer and add the peaches and milk. Stir and leave on the stove for another 2-3 min.

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Enjoy hot (cool it down with a little bit of extra milk if needed), and have a great day!

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Note: if using frozen peaches, allow to cook for an additional 5-6 min until the peaches are thawed and warmed.

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