Monday, February 21, 2011

Banana-Nut Bread Oatmeal

Take care of most of your daily recommendation for (vegan) omega-3s with this yummy oatmeal.

Serves 2

1 cup rolled oats (Preferably soaked overnight in 1 1/2 cups water, cover and leave on counter. If you skip this step you will need to add 1 cup water with the soy milk when cooking)
1 cup organic soy or almond milk (Or regular milk. Soy milk has some omega-3's, almond and cow's milk do not, unless you get high quality grass-fed milk)
1 large or 2 small bananas, sliced
1/4 cup raw walnuts, chopped
2 TBSP ground flax seeds (flax seed meal)(best to grind your own fresh)
1 tsp flax seed oil (optional)
1 TBSP pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg)
Pinch of salt, to taste

Bring oatmeal, it's soaking liquid and soy milk to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cook about 3 minutes. Add about 1/2 the sliced bananas, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice and cook and stir for about 2 minutes more. Turn off heat and stir in maple syrup, walnuts and ground flax seeds. Allow to cool for a few minutes and stir in flax seed oil (if you are short on time just leave the flax seed oil out, do not stir it in while cooking or even while still very hot, otherwise the omega-3's in the oil will be damaged and unsafe). Add salt to taste and top with remaining banana slices. Feel free to add more banana as desired.

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