Banana Date Smoothie & Oatmeal

This recipe started off as me making the kiddos’ food which is funny because often they are eating what we make for us. But as I was making this (and tasted it!) I really wanted some too ๐Ÿ™‚

So the babies had the oatmeal version and I had the smoothies (although I am sure they and I would have loved both!)

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Banana Date Smoothie & Oatmeal

  • 10 or so dried dates (I steamed them to make them extra soft, but not really necesary)
  • 3 bananas
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 cup of almond milk (less for oatmeal, more for smoothie)

Super simple, just blend and either combine with cooked oatmeal or add extra almond milk for a smoothie.

Crock-Pot Oatmeal

I know you had all heard me profess my new-found love for breakfast but I haven’t posted one in a while. For the last couple of weeks I have been making Crock-Pot Oatmeal. As you know I am always cooking up a storm in my kitchen, so to have this one be super easy really takes the pressure of breakfast off me ๐Ÿ™‚ What I do is throw all the ingredients in the crock pot on sunday, let it do its thing and then refrigerate them in perfect portions for the week. Love it! This really couldn’t be easier and there are so many versions to play with! The one below is this week’s breakfast but I will list addition as well.

Crock-Pot Oatmeal

1 cup of steel-cut oats
1/2 cup quinoa
1/2 brown rice
5 cups water
1/3 cup raisins
1/2 – 1 teaspoon salt, to taste
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup agave

In a crock-pot, combine the oats, quinoa, rice, water, raisins and salt. Turn on high for 2.5 hours or slow for 6 hours. About 1.5 hours in, stir and recover. Once the oatmeal is finished cooking add the sweeteners of your choice. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Additions or substitutions

  • apples, chopped (before cooking for baked apples or after for crisp apples)
  • dried fruits (goji berries, cranberries, chopped figs, etc. )
  • berries (after cooking)
  • other grains (wheat berries, barley, buckwheat, cornmeal, etc)
  • sweeteners (honey, stevia, date sugar, etc.)

Pumpkin Oatmeal

I love Oatmeal!! But sometimes I want more per serving and don’t want to up the carb & calorie stats. I know many people have the same feeling with cereal servings. What we would consider a normal serving is twice what the stats are giving us ๐Ÿ˜ฆ So this time around I added canned pure pumpkin. It added a deelish pumpkin taste and fiber, giving me more oatmeal for a tiny bit more calories. A 1/2 cup serving has just 40 calories, .5 gram of fat, 9 carbs, and 5 grams of fiber (and I only used 8 tablespoons for the whole recipe!) I loved this recipe and it was husband approved ๐Ÿ™‚ Success!

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Pumpkin Oatmeal
4 servings

1 1/2 cups oatmeal
2 1/2 cups water
8 tbsp canned pure pumpkin
4 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground dry ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
12 drops of stevia
3/4 tsp Celtic sea salt

Boil water and oatmeal together for about 8-10 minutes. Turn down the heat and add the pumpkin, maple syrup, spices, stevia and salt. Stir over heat until well combined and it has reached the desired consistency. Enjoy!

Per Serving: 240 calories, 3 fat, 44g carbs, 7g fiber, 15g sugars, 7g protein

Apple Quinoa Breakfast Cereal

I have been loving quinoa lately! I have always loved it but with the addition of breakfast to my diet I have been eating so much more of it lately. My mom was so awesome and picked me up this amazing 4 pound bag of quinoa from Costco. Thanks Mom!

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If you have seen my other posts I have been loving quinoa for breakfast! Check out my Quinoa โ€œOatmealโ€ and Quinoa Apple Oatmeal.

Here is another take on Quinoa and Apples. I added more apples this time which made it that much more tastier.

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Apple Quinoa Breakfast Cereal
6 Servings

2 cups quinoa
5 cups water
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 apples diced
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup maple syrup

Bring quinoa, apples, salt and water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until cooked, about 15 minutes. Add cinnamon and sweeteners, stir and Enjoy.

Per Serving: 300 calories, 3g Fat, 0 Sat. Fat, 0 Chol, 14mg Sodium, 62g Carbs, 4g Fiber, 22g Sugars, 7g Protein

Quinoa Apple Oatmeal

Another great breakfast recipe! I love this one. The combo of oatmeal, my favorite quinoa, apples and raisins make this a real winner!! The apples are cooked and so soft and good! The raisins become plump and juicy when cooked. So good!! I put all the servings into 1/4 pound containers to have meals for the whole week!

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Quinoa Apple Oatmeal
5 servings

1 cup oatmeal
1 cup quinoa
1/2 raisins
3 1/2 cup water
1/2 cup almond milk (You can just use all water and skip this if you want)
1 apple diced
cinnamon to taste
2 tablespoons agave
4 tablespoons maple syrup, or to taste
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Combine all the ingredients, except the sweetener in a large pot and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer until your breakfast is ready. Add the sweetners of your choice and Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Per Serving: 352 calories, 5g Fat, 0 Sat. Fat, 0 Chol, 46mg Sodium, 71g Carbs, 7g Fiber, 30g Sugars, 8g Protein

look at all that fiber and protein!!!

Quinoa “Oatmeal”

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As I told you last week my new addition to my diet is Breakfast and I am LOVING it!!! I plan to switch it up every week and try something new. This is a cooked breakfast and it was so good! I love quinoa but I don’t think it is ever thought about as a breakfast food. I thought that this super-grain would be great sweet and hot in the morning and I was right ๐Ÿ™‚ So good and super nutritious. Love it!

Quinoa “Oatmeal”
serves 3

1 cup quinoa
1 cup almond milk
1 cup water
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons agave

Rinse the quinoa and add to saucepan with water and almond milk. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the dried cranberries and cinnamon and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the agave. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes until all liquid is absorbed.

I can’t promise to do this for ever recipe but I looked up the nutrition stats for this breakfast. ๐Ÿ™‚

Per Serving: Calories 324, Fat 4g, No Saturated Fat or Cholesterol, 71mg sodium, 67g carbs, 4g Fiber, 25g sugar, 7g protein

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