Wellness tip #1- substitute cinnamon for sugar. Sugar is one of the main ingredients that lead to health issues like obesity and diabetes, so spice up your meals (like oatmeal) and drinks (like coffee) by replacing sugar with cinnamon! When I make coffee in the morning, I put a teaspoon of cinnamon in with the grounds for my coffee and it comes out great!
After reading through a few of my blog posts, you will quickly discover my love for breakfast, peanut butter, and bananas. So it’s only fitting that my first recipe includes all three! A good, filling breakfast really sets the tone for my day.
As a runner, oatmeal has become one of the staples of my diet. It is heart healthy, contains no sodium or cholesterol, and gives you the whole grains you need to start your day. Plus it is so versatile that it can’t be used in so many different recipes. Beware of the pre-packaged oatmeals that contain sugar and many other ingredients. I opt of Quaker old fashioned oats (buy in bulk!), where the only ingredient is natural whole grain oats. Then you can use awesome recipes like this to spice them up.
As far as peanut butter, I go the natural route. Another underlying message I will get across through my recipes is understanding what you’re actually eating. If you look at many popular peanut butter brands, the ingredients include sugar, hydrogenated oil (very bad for you), and other additives. As my blog name suggests, keep it simple! I opt for Smucker’s Natural Peanut butter, Trader Joes natural peanut butter, or even whole foods 365 brand (which is actually the same price as the above peanut butters!). Although it may be a little more work to stir the oil around, it is totally worth it! The key to avoiding the oil separation is to store it upside in your fridge for a few days, and then stir. If you look at the ingredients for those 3 brands, they include peanuts and salt. Just how it should be! It really comes down to taste preference. I recommend trying a few different natural peanut butters and see which one you like the best. (Note- make sure you read the ingredients because some “natural” peanut butter brands still include sugar and palm oil)
This recipe came from ohsheglows, and has become a staple in my morning breakfast routine. The warm feeling that the hot oatmeal gives you on the inside, along with the spice of the cinnamon and crunch of the peanuts helps me get out of bed in a hurry each morning!
Early Morning Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal
Yield: 1 serving
- 1 large very ripe banana, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tbsp natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2-1 tsp chia seed (or ground flax)
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8-1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- toppings: heaping 1/2 tbsp peanut butter, nuts, cinnamon, pure maple syrup
1. In a medium-sized pot over medium heat, cook the banana and non-dairy butter or oil for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
2. Stir in 1/2 tbsp peanut butter, and add the oats, chia, milk, spices, and a pinch of salt. Whisk well until combined.
3. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer, stirring often for 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. This is important so the oatmeal doesn’t stick to the pot.
4. Scoop into a bowl and top with peanut butter, nuts, cinnamon, and pure maple syrup.