Posts tagged ‘Cereal’

June 4, 2011

Choco-Banana Overnight Oats

Prepare to be jealous! Or envious… Or hungry, at least!

I mean seriously, check this out. THIS is what I had for breakfast this morning.

Oh me, oh my, oh yum! Be still my heart…

Wait, wait, wait… there’s more!

Oh yum!!!!!! This was U-N-B-E-L-I-E-V-A-B-L-Y good! I want some MOOOOORE!!!!

This is another one of those dishes that I would just love to eat until the end of time. I would want to eat nothing but that for the rest of my life. I mean, the whole time I was eating, I couldn’t help but think this is way too good, there is no way it can be healthy. How can this be? Healthy food CANNOT be this good…

Well, apparently, it can!

What’s that you say? You would like to eat some of that too? And, of course, in order to do that, you would need a recipe! Well, it will be my pleasure to share the love!

Please, do yourself a favor and try it…you can thank me later 😉

Oh, and speaking of thanks… I would really like to thank Kris here, over at Young Married Chic, because I got the inspiration for this baby while visiting her site after she had made this wonderful entry about my blueberry cobbler oatmeal. 😀

You’ll see that this one is very similar to my previous overnight oats recipe, but it’s like 2 million times as good!

Hey, and it’s got carob on it! CAROOOOB! God I love that stuff!

Alright, enough talk. Here goes…

Ingredients
(1 serving)

  • ½ ripe banana, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp bulgur wheat
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp millet
  • 1 tbsp buckwheat groats
  • 1 tbsp extra dark pure cocoa powder
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 tbsp chocolate flavored protein powder
  • ¼ cup milk (I use unsweetened soy)
  • A dozen carob chips to garnish

Instructions

The previous night

  • Bring water to a boil. Meanwhile, in a plastic container with a fitting lid, mix all ingredients except for protein powder and milk. Add boiling water, stir until well combined. Put the lid on and refrigerate overnight (or at least 4 hours)

In the morning

  • Stir in protein powder. Transfer to serving bowl and add milk.
  • Garnish with a few carob chips, slices of banana or coconut shavings (like I did), if desired.
  • Sit back and prepare to visit heaven!

Look at that… chocolate milk!!

OK, one last picture.Viewed from heaven…

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May 8, 2011

Overnight Oats

I am extremely excited to announce that the girls over at In The Know Mom have recently asked me to join their team and it is with great honor that I accepted their offer. 🙂

This is more or less a copy of the first post that I contributed to the site.

After stumbling upon this article I deciced that I would do a series of posts on the FIRST and most important meal of the day: BREAKFAST! This is such a passionate subject for me too! I just looooovebreakfast. So this will be the FIRST of a series of posts dedicated to what has to be my favourite meal of the day. And to think I used to NEVER do breakfast… Shame!

Just the other day, my brother was telling me about how he rarely has breakfast anymore, because he totally doesn’t know that to have for quick, on the run breakfasts, aside from grabbing a couple of toasts or pour himself a bowl of boxed cereal. Not the best choices!

What would make a great breakfast selection? Oatmeal, for one. That would be a very healthy option. Now, of course, I can already hear you say, oatmeal takes soooo long to cook and, quite frankly, can be a little bit on the boring side. Not if you  kick it up a notch! Oatmeal happens to be a big favorite of mine, and it will be pleasure to share a couple of ways that I’ve kicked mine up several notches…

But today, I want to show you a very simple, incredibly quick and convenient alternative to good old fashion oatmeal: overgnight oats. Basically all there is to it is you need to soak your oats and grains for the night and when you get up in the morning, there all good and ready to go. Up until recently, I didn’t even know that it was possible to do that, so I figure there must be plenty more like me out there. I tell you, this technique is a great one to know!

The recipe below is for this one version, but once you get the hang of it, you can really experiment with all sorts of grains, seeds and fruits. Be careful though, you might very well get hooked on this. I think it is just as addictive to prepare as it is to eat!

Ingredients
(1 serving)

  • ¼ cup oats (steel cut or old fashioned)
  • 1 tbsp bulgur wheat
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp millet
  • 1½ tbsp budwig mix
    (contains flaxseeds, buckwheat, raw almonds, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds)
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • 2 tbsp vanilla protein powder
  • ¼ cup milk (I use unsweetened soy)

Instructions

The previous night

  • Bring water to a boil. Meanwhile, in a plastic container with a fitting lid, mix all ingredients except for protein powder and milk. Add boiling water, stir until well combined. Put the lid on and refrigerate overnight (or at least 4 hours)

In the morning

  • Stir in protein powder. Transfer to serving bowl and add milk.
  • Top with fresh fruits and / or nuts, if desired.
  • Voilà! In less than 2 minutes, you’re ready to eat breakfast that’s as good to eat as it is for you!

April 11, 2011

Buckwheat and Amaranth Warm Cereal

My legs hurt! YES! It’s a good feeling, really! I was finally allowed to start exercising again yesterday, after a loooong forced break of 10 weeks.

It seems like my cardio has taken a serious hit. I did my usual 50 minutes on the elliptical, only I elected to leave the HIIT part out of it. I figure I will give my body a couple of weeks to adjust before asking it to give me high intensity. But even at what is my usual steady state, my heart rate went way higher than it normally would, reading well over 180 at one point, forcing me to slow down a bit. And I wasn’t even pushing…

The last 5 minutes were hell. I had to push myself hard just to keep going. But I did it, and I felt so incredibly good afterwards; especially since I got to eat this absolutely superb to die for post work-out breakfast. And this time, I felt like I had earned it.

Seriously, this was the best warm cereal ever. While eating it, I thought: “I want to eat nothing but this for the rest of my life”. It was my first time trying buckwheat groats and to say I love ‘em would be an understatement. Although they don’t have that distinctive buckwheat taste I was really expecting and hoping for, there is something about them that I truly appreciate. Combined with amaranth and chia seeds, they make for a seriously heavenly cereal. Now I can’t wait for the week-end to have them again…

Ingredients
(serves 1-2)

  • ½ cup buckwheat groats
  • ¼ cup amaranth
  • 1 tbsp black chia seeds
  • 2½ cups water
  • ¼ cup unsweetened soy milk
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 25g dried fruits (I had a mix of apricots, plums, apples and pears)
  • 10 toasted hazelnuts, crushed

Instructions

  • Bring water to a boil. Add salt, buckwheat groats, amaranth and chia. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture is creamy and all water is absorbed.
  • Turn off the heat. Stir in milk, cover and let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Add dried fruits and hazelnuts. Stir to combine and transfer to serving bowl(s).
  • Add cold milk if desired.