So many of my friends are oatmeal fiends and they eat it, in some form or another, every morning.
Now I know that there are many kinds of oats, and you can cook them in a variety of ways, or even eat them cold... but honestly, OATS? Every morning? Even with all the different delicious toppings I can think of, I am not going to eat oats EVERY morning.
And on the rare occasion I do eat oats, I know that I am going to need a mid-morning snack, cause oats just don't keep me full for more than a couple of hours at the very most.
I admit it. I have been flirting with other grains these past few months.
I have learned to love quinoa, even cold, with yogurt and fruit.
I have been favoring farro, cooked al dente, with cinnamon and milk.
I have munched on millet, with yogurt and berries.
I have grooved on groats, with chocolate chips and almond butter.
And, I have just purchased a bit of organic amaranth seed, which I hear is wonderful, toasted and popped.
But just in case anyone thinks I don't like oats... I really do, and my favorite way to eat them is to bake them in scones. This recipe came from the Boot Camp Buddies board on healthdiscovery.net, and I have been making these for more than a few years now. They freeze very well and make a great, tasty, portable snack. Feel free to add more spices.
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Heat 1 cup fat free milk till scalded.
- Add 1-1/2 cups regular oats and let sit a few minutes.
- Spray large pie pan with non-stick spray.
- Add 1/2 cup fat free plain yogurt to oats, along with 1 egg and 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce.
- In another container mix:
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 pkts Splenda (optional)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or cloves, all spice, nutmeg, ginger mix)
1 cup oat bran
7. Stir 2 mixtures together and pour into the pie pan and put into preheated
8. Bake approximately 30 minutes or until browned.
9. After removing from oven, let cool a few minutes and turn out onto a
10. Let sit 5 minutes and then cut into 8 portions.
Weight Watchers P+ = 3. Not bad for a filling and delicious serving.
Calories 121; Protein 7g; Carbohydrate 22g; Fat 3g; Fibre 4g.
I like to have mine with yogurt and fruit, or slathered with Laughing Cow cheese. Mmm.