Berry Blast Vanilla Oatmeal

September has just begun yet our mornings are already much cooler. Though I prefer to eat light breakfasts throughout the warmer summer months, once the cool weather rolls around I begin to crave heartier breakfast fare such as this tasty bowl of oatmeal. I always keep bags of frozen mixed berries on hand to use in my smoothies, or for baking, but they are also great stirred into hot oatmeal adding a burst of flavor as well as healthy antioxidants. In this hot cereal, berries are stirred right into the oatmeal as it cooks, as well as used to top the oatmeal for serving.

Although I listed oats in the recipe, you can also mix your grains and use other ones such as millet, farro, or quinoa. I often combine oats with a few other grains in my hot cereals though cooking times may change. A bowl of hot cereal such as this one is quick and easy to prepare even on the busiest of mornings, but is both satisfying and hearty enough to make you feel satisfied for hours.

Why Healthy

  • Oats contain a good amount of protein, are high in fiber, and rich in thiamine, folate, B5, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, and manganese.
  • Waluts are a good source of protein and are rich in phytosterols which help to lower cholesterol. Also rich in fiber and vitamin E.
  • Berries are rich in flavonoids that help counter cell damage reducing the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. As well, berries contain important antioxidants that help reduce inflammation.
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    Berry Blast Vanilla Oatmeal

    Yield: Serves 4

    Cook Time: 5 mins

    Ingredients:

    3 1/2 Cups Water
    1/4 Teaspoon Salt
    2 Cups Old-fashioned Oats
    1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
    1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
    2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
    1 1/2 Cups Frozen Mixed Berries
    To Serve:
    1 Cup Low-fat Milk or Dollop of Greek Yogurt
    1/2 Cup Thawed Frozen Berries
    Chopped Walnuts

    Directions:

    In a medium saucepan, bring the water and salt to a boil.
    Stir in the oats, vanilla, cinnamon, and maple syrup.
    Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring in the frozen berries during the last couple of minutes of cooking.
    Serve in individual bowls with a little milk, berries, and a sprinkling of chopped walnuts.

 

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