I've fallen in love. Hard.
It was sudden, but I think it's forever. What is this new love, you ask?
Peanut Butter Oatmeal...MMMmmmm....
I ran across the inspiration for this recipe on Pinterest (surprise, surprise), but I've kind of adapted it, and now I share it with you - aren't you lucky?! Consider it a "Welcome Fall" present. :-)
Also, I'm posting this because I'm not on the South Beach Diet (though I do happen to be dairy-free for the time being). ;-)
I love it for its simplicity, the heartiness of the oatmeal, and the way it sorta tastes like a peanut butter oatmeal cookie. Plus, it's quick and very healthy! Because I depend on my microwave for certain things, this is a single serving (albeit a rather large serving, if you ask me!) recipe with microwave directions. If you'd rather cook it on the stovetop, just follow those directions on your oatmeal box. By microwave, it takes me less than 5 minutes to fix this - start to finish! That's practically instant easy!!
Peanut Butter Oatmeal
Serves: 1 (large serving)
Prep time: 5 min
1/2 cup old fashioned (rolled) oats
1 cup water
dash of salt (box says optional, I say necessary!)
Place in a good-sized cereal/soup bowl (not like the one in the picture), set on a paper plate in the microwave (to catch any overflow) and cook on HIGH for 2:45 or so (depending on your microwave). While it's cooking, gather the rest of your ingredients and then unload your dishwasher -- okay, that last part is optional.
2 Tbsp peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
1 1/2 - 2 Tbsp honey
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp wheat germ (optional, but it does add some good nutrients and a little extra nuttiness)
Add those ingredients to your hot oatmeal and stir well. Enjoy with a tall glass of cold milk (being dairy-free, I can only imagine that this would be an incredible combination). Add a glass of OJ for a "complete and balanced breakfast." ;-)
This is a terrific way to get some whole grains and protein first thing in the morning!
Protein - 15g (with wheat germ)
25g (with 8 oz milk and 8 oz OJ)
Also, you could easily add a tablespoon or two of ground flax for an additional health boost. Want a little burst of fruity flavor? Add some dried cranberries. A little extra crunch? Some slivered almonds.
Oh, and if you really wanna indulge, sprinkle in some dark chocolate chips. MMmmm....
Is it time for breakfast yet???