Perk Up My Breakfast: Walnut Butter & Jelly Oatmeal
Creamy and satisfying
Posted June 12th, 2013 by noelle |
I know it sounds a little silly to think about having oatmeal for breakfast this time of year⎯particularly here in New York City where temperatures have been averaging in the low 80s. (Finally!) But steel-cut oatmeal is one of those breakfast foods that I am happy to enjoy year-round. It’s wonderful served piping hot and also perfectly delicious served chilled from the fridge (check out this recipe).
This Walnut Butter & Jelly Oatmeal is inspired by my son who loves a good jelly and a creamy nut butter as often as he can get them. For variety this week I’ve been using a thick and creamy walnut butter which is rich in plant based omega-3s and support many of your body’s beautiful everyday body functions (like cell building and blood clotting). However, if you don’t have walnut butter a good creamy peanut butter would also be delicious! For crunch I added a spoonful of really fresh walnuts with a nice crunch and just a smidgen of fig jelly. Finally, I like to serve this oatmeal with lots of this yummy walnut milk poured on top.
Walnut Butter & Jelly Oatmeal
This is a meal I’ll turn to just as easily for breakfast as well as for a quick no fuss dinner when I’m in a pinch!
Serving Size: 2 (~400 calories, 8g protein per serving)
3 cups water
2 tablespoons creamy walnut butter or peanut butter (organic if possible)
1 oz good walnuts (~14 halves)
1/2 cup walnut milk or almond milk
1 tablespoon good fig jelly
Learn more about the better-for-you ingredients in this recipe:
- Steel-cut oats – Steel-cut oats (also known as Irish oats) are whole oat groats that have been cut into two or three pieces with steel blades. Oat groats and steel-cut oats are the least processed form of oatmeal popular today among health beauties. Health beauties appreciate this somewhat more chewy, lower-glycemic and gluten-free treat.
- Walnuts – Walnuts are one of the few foods that offer a healthy dose of a crucial type of polyunsaturated fat called alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA, which is an omega-3 fatty acid. ALA protects the heart in several ways: It improves your ratio of HDL (good) to LDL (bad) cholesterol, and it reduces inflammation, helping to block the conversion of cholesterol into harmful, artery-clogging plaque. Learn more here.
Place water (or milk) along with the steel cut oats in a pot. Bring water to a boil and then let simmer for ~5 minutes until the oatmeal is slightly soft or al dente.
Serve in two bowls and top with milk, walnut butter, walnuts and jam. Enjoy while hot!
Looking for more feel-good breakfast ideas to perk up your morning? Give these recipes a try!