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Carrot Cake Oatmeal

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This oatmeal is seriously going to spice up your breakfast life! If you started the new year with boring breakfasts, in attempt to be healthy again, here’s a way to add some excitement! I promise it will be love at first bite, when the flavors of carrot cake hit you. I swear I’m not crazy, but yes, I’m asking you to add vegetables to your oatmeal! Carrots for breakfast?? Give it a chance and you will not regret it. This morning, I woke up excited to indulge in a bowl of carrot cake oatmeal that tastes sinfully delicious, but still a healthy choice!

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Have you tried steel cut oats before? If you are not an oatmeal fan because of the mushy texture of regular rolled oats, these might change your mind. I love steel cut oats because they have a chewy texture and a slightly nutty flavor that makes them very satisfying to eat. Plus, steel cut oats can be reheated and still taste just as great without losing their texture. This recipe is perfect for making a big batch, splitting across individual containers, and taking to work to heat-up each morning. Here’s the quick cooking steel-cut oats that I use from Trader Joe’s and my absolute favorite coconut milk.https://sarasfavoritethings.wordpress.com / Carrot Cake OatmealThis is clearly not your standard bowl of oatmeal – the oats are taken over by all kinds of other good stuff! If you choose the quick-cooking variety, you will want to measure everything out in a bowl ahead of time because you will add it all at the same time. Topping your bowl off with walnuts at the end provides a healthy fat, which will help keep you full all morning.photo (6)https://sarasfavoritethings.wordpress.com / Carrot Cake OatmealNow, I have to set expectations. This is STILL a bowl of oatmeal and not a piece of cake, thickly iced with cream cheese frosting. However, the flavors of this oatmeal are spot on with carrot cake and your breakfast will taste decadent, while remaining healthy. I promise that first bite will warm your heart!https://sarasfavoritethings.wordpress.com / Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Adapted from: Annie’s Eats

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • Water
  • Milk (I use Trader Joe’s Coconut Milk)
  • 1 cup steel cut oats (I use Trader Joe’s quick cooking steel cut oats)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2-3 Tablespoons brown sugar, depending on how sweet you want to make it
  • 3 carrots, peeled and grated
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • Walnuts for topping

 Directions:

Combine equal parts water and milk in a medium pot and bring to a simmer (little bubbles just starting to form around the outside of the pot). If you’re using quick cooking oats, you most likely will use 1.5 cups water and 1.5 cups milk, because the recipe on the label will state 3 cups liquid to 1 cup oats. For regular steel cut oats, you will most likely use 2 cups water and 2 cups milk because the recipe will call for 4 cups liquid to 1 cup oats. Adjust accordingly.

For quick-cooking oats: Measure out all of the ingredients (except walnuts) and place in a bowl so that they are ready to go. When your liquid reaches a simmer, dump in all the ingredients from the bowl at one time. Put a lid on your pot and reduce the heat to medium-low. Stir occasionally and continue to simmer until all the liquid has been absorbed, about 10 minutes. Take the oatmeal off the heat and it will thicken a little bit more as it starts to cool.

For regular steel-cut oats: When the liquid starts to simmer, stir in the oats and reduce the heat to medium-low to continue to simmer for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, measure out the rest of the ingredients and shred your carrots. At the 20 minute mark, stir in the remaining ingredients (except walnuts) and continue to simmer for about another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has been absorbed.

Sprinkle with chopped walnuts on top and breakfast is served!

*If you save some to reheat later, you may want to add a little milk to restore the creaminess to the oats.

 

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Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding

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Have you heard about the latest chia seed craze?? I swear I’m not crazy – they are my new favorite breakfast food! I think this meal is the perfect substitute for oatmeal in the summer. I have been eating it for breakfast almost every single weekday morning for the last two months and I still get excited every time. It is perfectly convenient for bringing breakfast to work. I convinced two of my coworkers to try it out as well, and they’ve been making it for themselves ever since.

Chia seeds look just like little seeds that you would plant in your garden. I have been buying them at Trader Joe’s in the purple pouch below. When you mix them with milk and let them sit overnight, they absorb all of the liquid and you get a consistency similar to tapioca pudding. The best part is that you are eating something extremely healthy and good for your body!  They are packed with protein, fiber, antioxidants, and Omega-3 fatty acids. Plus, they are low in calories but very filling! What more can you ask for?

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There are two versions that have become my favorites: Berry Chia Seed Pudding and Banana Chia Seed Pudding. Both are just variations on mixing milk and chia seeds. I can’t really decide which one I like better, so I make both, mainly depending on what type of fruit I have in my kitchen at the time.

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Berry Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut milk (or whichever milk you prefer, but I swear by the coconut milk pictured above from TJ’s)
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon honey (or more if you prefer)
  • ½ cup berries (I used blueberries and chopped strawberries)
  • Optional toppings: more berries, slivered almonds, granola, more honey

Directions:

In a Tupperware bowl, mix together the honey and berries first. (If you add the honey after the cold milk, it will clump together and not mix well.) Next, stir in the chia seeds. Then, add the milk and mix until all of the chia seeds are submerged in liquid. Put on the lid and refrigerate overnight (or at least 4 hours). In the morning, stir up the pudding, add any topping you would like, and enjoy it cold.

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If you are more of a banana lover, try this version:
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Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut milk (or whichever milk you prefer)
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 dashes cinnamon
  • Optional toppings: shredded coconut, slivered almonds, granola, diced strawberries

Directions:

In a Tupperware bowl, mash the banana and then stir in the chia seeds, vanilla, and cinnamon. Add the milk and stir until all of the chia seeds are well mixed in and submerged in liquid. Put on the lid and let soak overnight (or at least 4 hours). In the morning, stir up the pudding, add any topping you would like, and enjoy it cold.

Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding / www.sarasfavoritethings.wordpress.comThis is the perfect breakfast to pack and take to work because it’s already in a Tupperware container. You can play around with all different variations of fruit and sweeteners to find what you like best. Enjoy!

Eggs and Waffles

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Good Morning everyone! Today I want to share with you one of my favorite weekend breakfasts. It tastes so indulgent because of the great sweet and salty combo! But, it’s very easy, reasonably healthy, and requires just a few ingredients!

First, toast 2 waffles – I love Kashi blueberry waffles.

Eggs and WafflesNext, while the waffles are toasting, fry two eggs in a pan coated in non-stick cooking spray. Once the eggs are done, put one on top of each waffle and drizzle with syrup. It’s so simple, it almost seems silly to share! But, it’s not something you’ve probably thought of trying. I hope you will give this combination a shot – my mouth is watering just thinking about it!!

Eggs and Waffles