Sunday, April 25, 2010

Maple-Honey Peanut Butter Oatmeal

I so rarely share with you the simple things I make.

But I should. Because most people don't cook with an average of 15 ingredients per meal. Most of us just want simple ways to enhance the things we love to eat. And because I love to eat oatmeal, I wanted to share with you oatmeal my way.

This is so much more filling (not to mention unprocessed) than those cloyingly sweet instant oatmeal packets (although you could start with 2 packets of plain instant oatmeal and turn it into this recipe if those were all you had around). The protein from the peanut butter will keep you full, and the fiber in the oatmeal is what makes it such a heart-healthy breakfast option.

If you use quick oats and have the basic ingredients on hand, you can even whip this up before work -as long as you don't mind opening a few jars in your morning haze. This is the kind of hearty morning meal that won't leave your tummy rumbling by 10:15 AM. And I think we could all use a little more energy in the mornings.


1 cup water
1/2 cup steel-cut quick-cooking oats (or any quick oats)
pinch of salt
1 tsp. butter
~1 tsp. natural maple syrup
~1 tsp. honey
~1 T. natural peanut butter
freshly grated cinnamon (or jarred cinnamon)


In a small pot, bring the water to a boil. Stir in the oats and reduce heat to a simmer.


Stir in the rest of the ingredients except the cinnamon and cook until it's creamy - about 5 minutes.


Transfer to a bowl and top with the grated cinnamon. Enjoy!

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