Thursday, March 21, 2013

Banana Maple Oatmeal

In an effort to watch what I eat and head down a healthier path, I try to come with recipes that are not only satisfying but wholesome, as well.

As most of us know, when we're dieting mealtimes can  become somewhat of a  "desperate" time.  When the dinner bell rings sometimes we're so hungry that we need something good and we need it NOW!

This recipe for my Banana Maple Oatmeal fills both of those needs.  

Banana Maple Oatmeal

1/2 cup Quick Oats (150)
1 Cup Water 
1 Pinch Salt (Optional)
1 Tablespoon Real Maple Syrup (50)
1 Small Banana (90)
1/4 Cup Raisins (Optional)(125)

Combine oats, water (or nonfat or low-fat milk), and salt (if desired) in a 2-cup microwavable bowl. Microwave on High for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Stir.

Top with bananas (and raisins, if desired) and drizzle with maple syrup. 

You can mix it all up if you want, but I tend not to.  

Alternatively, you can mash up the banana and add the raisins before you cook the oatmeal.  This does not alter the cooking time.


290 Calories (413 with raisins) / 0 grams fat

As far as the choice in oatmeal goes, keep in mind the faster the oats cook the more processed it is.  A less processed oat is a healthier oat.  But, cooking times are effected by the style of oat you choose.  This recipe is for quick oats simply because of the "desperation" factor.  

Also, use real maple syrup.  Despite the price; it's worth it for the flavor and healthfulness.   Pancake syrup is nothing more than maple flavored corn syrup.

Finally,  salt is optional.  If  you're watching your sodium intake then omit it.  However, I love the salty/sweet, so for me it's a must.

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