Momma's got the day off thanks to the government holiday. So I used the opportunity to create a smashing new breakfast.
When I have a free morning, I like to depart from my weekday cold cereal regimen. I often do this in the form of creative egg scrambles, baked eggs, and steel-cut oatmeal.
I know I raved a lot about steel-cut oats a while back when I posted the Apple Pumpkin Oatmeal recipe, so I'll spare you all the fiber and texture talk. What I will talk about here is its versatility. You can mix anything with bland old oatmeal to make it special, so here's what I did today.
Peanut Butter, Banana & Jelly Oatmeal
3/4 c water
3/4 c skim milk
1 stick or a few dashes cinnamon
1/4 c steel cut oats
1-2 drops vanilla (optional)
2 packets Splenda (or to taste)
1 Tbsp natural (or your favorite) peanut butter
1 banana, sliced
1-2 Tbsp Smuckers Sugar Free Red Raspberry Preserves (or your favorite)
1/4 c frozen raspberries, optional
In a small pot, bring water, milk & cinnamon to a boil. Stir in oats and simmer on low heat, uncovered, for 30-45 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed to your desired consistency.
Stir in vanilla, Splenda and peanut butter until well-combined. Add banana slices and optional raspberries and stir to combine. If oats are thick, add a little more skim milk to thin it out. Sweeten with Splenda to taste. Pour into a bowl, then top with a dollop of preserves, as much as you like.
Notes on ingredients:
Water, Milk, Cinnamon & Vanilla - I always use this combination when I make oats without all the add-ins. It just makes it more of a treat. Sometimes I'll replace the water with the chai tea mix that's sold in little cartons like chicken stock. I love that stuff.
Natural Peanut Butter - It might sound a little high-falutin' to use natural peanut butter over Jif or Skippy, etc., but I like it better for multiple reasons. It tastes like you're eating real mashed peanuts and not a whipped spread. The ingredient list reads: "Peanuts, Contains 1% or less of salt." According to its website, Jif's label says:
- "MADE FROM ROASTED PEANUTS AND SUGAR. CONTAINS 2 PERCENT OR LESS OF: MOLASSES, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL (SOYBEAN), FULLY HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OILS (RAPESEED AND SOYBEAN), MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES AND SALT."
No thanks. And the biggest reason for buying natural peanut butter? I can drain the oil from it. Yup. If you look at a natural peanut butter in the store, you'll see about 3/4 of an inch of oil sitting on top of the butter. When I get home, I pour it all off, disposing of hundreds of calories per jar. Very smart...
Raspberries / Smuckers Sugar Free Red Raspberry Preserves - I love this stuff. I'm not a fan of grape anything ('cept for wine), and while I love strawberries, I go for raspberry preserves when given the option. It feels a little more prestigious. Plus, have you seen how much a half pint of raspberries costs? That's pricey stuff. So I get my raspberry flavor in the form of sugar free preserves and fresh-frozen berries.
So there's that,