Featured Ingredient: Oatmeal
Most mornings Tabi and I have a pretty supercharged bowl of oatmeal. As the old saw goes “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” so why not start it with a power grain. Among the many nutritional highlights of oats is beta-glucan, a soluble fiber shown to slash cholesterol levels. But oats on their own are as exciting as a lawn bowling match, which is why we take oatmeal and gussy it up with cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, raisins, chopped apple, wild blueberries and a dollop of natural peanut butter. This ends up being a delicious bowl of goodness with a healthy balance of complex carbs, protein and fat.
Recently, I started to wonder what would happen if I baked together the ingredients of our bowl of oatmeal. So one recent morning I decided to give it a try. The results were a resounding success. These are pleasantly moist and you can really taste the peanut butter and that’s never a bad thing. I had some ground flaxseed on hand so I decided to toss that in for a boost of omega fats.
If you’re a morning oat kind of person, you’ll probably really enjoy these. If you do, let me know.
Possible recipe variations:
Try almond butter instead of peanut butter.
You can use regular milk instead of vanilla hemp milk and just add some vanilla extract.
Use dried cherries instead of raisins.
Toss in a handful of walnuts.
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup flax meal
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 large eggs
2 cups vanilla hemp milk
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 medium apple, finely diced
2/3 cup wild blueberries
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
Preheat oven to 375°F. In a bowl, mix together oats, flax, raisins, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cinnamon and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, lightly beat eggs and mix with milk and peanut butter. Add dry ingredients to wet and fold in apples. Divide mixture among 12 muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool before umolding. Serve topped with blueberries and maple syrup.