Here’s what I’ve been eating nearly every morning for the last month, this oatmeal or a blueberry oat smoothie. It’s simple to prepare, its unbelievably filling, it tastes delicious and it’s a pretty low calorie breakfast. I don’t even want to put this word on a food blog, but whenever we are on vacation and need a quick breakfast my husband loves to stop at McDonalds. I hate McDonalds, he loves it. It always leaves a weird after taste in my opinion and well, it tastes like fast food (or in other words partially real food). Anyways, I never wanted to order anything when we’d stop until I noticed they added oatmeal to their menu, I was so excited to see they finally had a healthier option. Sadly, I found out, according to an article on Readers Digest, it’s really not that nutritious. Oats made from seven ingredients does seem strange to me. I will admit, I thought it tasted pretty good but it does seem like a small portion and anybody can make oatmeal at home, so why take the time to stop at get it at the drive through. I’ve made a sort of copycat at home (that really anyone could figure out), but made it with real ingredients. I also added in a little more spice (hence the fall spiced, not just cinnamon). You could also add chopped walnuts or pecans, but I usually don’t add them just to reduce the calories (if you wanted a healthier option you could swap out the raisins/dried cranberries for some). Also, the cream is optional but it’s amazing what just 1 1/2 tsp of cream can add. Plus I’ve heard that a little bit of fat will assist your body in absorbing the vitamins and nutrients of healthy foods so in my mind it’s a must :). I’m sure my mom will look at it though and go what!? 1 1/2 tsp of cream I want 1/4 cup. We both love cream, it’s basically the best ingredient ever. If only it were 0 calories though. According to my packaging labels, this oatmeal was 280 calories per serving and it’s one of the best easy breakfasts ever!
If you are wanting to try out the blueberry oat smoothie too, simply add 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1/2 cup almond milk (original), 1/2 cup water, 1/2 of a (5 – 6 oz) strawberry or blueberry Greek yogurt, 6 Tbsp quick oats, and half of a peeled and frozen small well ripe banana to a blender and blend until smooth. I’m loving that one too (but might not be so much once it’s super cold this winter) and that one is also about 280 calories and is very filling too. Enjoy!
Fall Spiced Apple Cran-Raisin Oatmeal
- 1/2 cup rolled oats , quick or old fashioned
- 1/2 cup almond milk (I used original)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/8 tsp (heaping) cinnamon
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- 1 pinch ginger
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 tsp packed brown sugar
- 1/2 of a medium apple , diced
- 1 Tbsp chopped raisin cranberry blend
- 1 1/2 tsp cream
In a large microwave safe bowl, combine oats, almond milk, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt and cook in microwave on HIGH power 2 - 3 minutes stirring once halfway through cooking (2 minutes for quick oats, 3 minutes for old fashioned oats). Stir in brown sugar, apples, and raisin blend. Allow to cool then drizzle top with cream (I add a little more almond milk too), serve warm.
Recipe Source: Cooking Classy