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Easy Hot Maple Oatmeal and Greek Yogurt

 

Yields:  1 serving        Prep Time:  10 minutes       Total Time:  10 minutes

 

Super easy and ready in minutes, this nutrient rich oatmeal tastes delicious and is full of iron, protein, fiber and healthy fats.

 

Ingredients

1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oatmeal

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling hot water

1/4 cup plain low fat (or whole fat) Greek yogurt

3 teaspoons pure maple syrup

1/2 tablespoon super seed mix

1 tablespoon chopped walnuts

 

Toppings of your choice (dried fruit, fresh fruit, unsweetened shredded coconut)

 

Directions

1. Measure out 1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal in a bowl (use microwave safe bow if using the microwave).

 

2. Heat water in tea kettle until boiling and then pour into bowl of dry oats.  OR pour 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons water in the bowl of dry oats and microwave for 30 seconds – 1 minute (depending on strength of microwave).

 

3. Let oatmeal and water sit for a minute or so while preparing the toppings.  Chop the toppings.

 

4. Mix oatmeal and seed mixture.  Add yogurt.  Top with maple syrup, extra seed mixture, walnuts, fruit or whatever you want!

 

I’m not a big cereal person – well, for breakfast anyway.  I quite enjoy my adult bowl of naturally colored loops of fruit flavored cereal.  But for breakfast, that first meal of the day that breaks the fast of not eating from the previous night – for this meal, I need something a little more substantial. 

 

Equally, I don’t always have time to make a fancy breakfast, despite my desire for a gourmet feast! 

 

There is nothing ingenious about water and oatmeal, but with this preparation, you get the nutrition from whole grain oats that taste like a baked oatmeal without the time commitment. 

 

Another cool thing about this recipe is that by using plain yogurt, you get to control the sugar levels.  Vanilla yogurt uses a whopping amount of sugar.  Remember, 4 grams equals one teaspoon of sugar, and most vanilla yogurts have a couple teaspoons per serving!  Maple syrup gives plenty of sweetness, plus adds some antioxidants as well.

 

I like to make sure to add some healthy fats to whatever meal I am having.  This helps keep me satisfied, as well as gives the nutritional benefits.  Walnuts, unsweetened coconut, hemp seeds or other nuts are great options.  The super seed mixture is a mix of flax seeds, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds, which also adds a bit of healthy fat, among other nutrients.

 

While super simple, this is an excellent go-to breakfast in our house.  The kids love it, especially the option to choose their toppings.  A favorite for them is banana and granola on top.  Seriously, nutrient dense and full of options, this is an easy and quick healthy breakfast!

 

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