Easy and Healthy Date-Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal
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Who’s joining me as a member of the breakfast club?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I LOVE BREAKFAST. So when I found myself in a breakfast rut last week, I was a little confused. How was I not feeling excited about breakfast anymore?
Two things came to mind:
- I had been eating the same breakfast for a longggg time (Two eggs, half an avocado). Maybe it was time for a change?
- The weather was getting colder and I wanted something warm and hearty as my first meal of the day!
Thankfully, my partner-in-food-crime and BFF Sydney came to the rescue once again when she reminded me of an oatmeal recipe we starting making last year. As soon as I saw her Snapchat, I was racing to my pantry to make sure I had all the ingredients. BINGO! I didn’t care that it was noon; I was going to have oatmeal for lunch and save the leftovers for breakfast!
This recipe is adapted from The Kind Diet, one of the first cookbooks I ever purchased when I began investigating a vegan lifestyle. Since my dietary needs since 2009 have changed, I’ve made a few changes to the recipe by bumping up the protein and omega-3 fatty acid content using Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts and adding a drizzle of MCT (Medium Chain Triglyceride) oil for an additional healthy fat. I also swapped out the maple syrup for raw, unpasteurized honey.
I’m all about the omega-3 fatty acids, healthy fats found in hemp hearts and healthy fats in MCT oil because of their anti-inflammatory effects. The hemp hearts bring a whooping 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of omega-3/omega-6 fatty acids to this recipe, while the MCT oil has 14 grams of healthy fats from coconut oil per tablespoon. MCT oil is easily digestible and the healthy fat is sent straight to your liver where it is burned as energy — aka brain fuel, instead of being stored as unwanted fat. (Warning: If you haven’t used MCT oil before, start with only ¼ tsp. and work your way up. It can have you running to the bathroom if you consume too much too soon! 💩)
Note that unrefined complex carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats balance the sugar in this recipe from honey and dates. Between the fibre from the oats, the protein and omega-3 fatty acids from the hemp hearts, and the healthy fat from the MCT oil, this is one gut-healthy oatmeal!
Easy Protein-Packed Date-Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal
(Adapted from The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone)
- 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
- ¼ cup Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts plus 1 Tbsp. extra for each serving as a topping
- 2 Tbsp. honey
- ¼ cup walnuts, chopped
- ¼ cup goji berries plus more for topping
- 1/3 apple, cubed
- 5 dates, pitted and chopped
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- Drizzle of MCT oil
- Pumpkin seeds to top
1) In a medium saucepan, add all ingredients minus the toppings and MCT oil.
2) Cover ingredients with water and bring them to a boil over medium-low heat until all the water is absorbed.
3) Remove from heat. Eat right away or let cool. Add toppings when ready to eat.
4) If you’re saving leftovers or preparing the oatmeal ahead of time, portion it into 4-5 containers to heat up for easy breakfasts in the morning!