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When I was a child, I thought that the instant oatmeal that came in the little packets was a very yummy, healthy breakfast. Well, now I know better than the “healthy” part, but I still remember the flavor with pleasant nostalgia. Therefore, I recreated my favorite maple and brown sugar flavor – just without the sugar and other junk. This version relies on slow-burning carbs and plenty of protein for a breakfast that will start your day out right. I think the Quaker would be proud.
My favorite instant oatmeal packets had little bits of apple in them as well, so I like to top my bowl of oatmeal with a small amount of chopped apple.
The egg whites that are whisked into this oatmeal add creaminess and protein. If you don’t care for old fashioned oats because they’re too chunky, try adding some egg whites to your finished hot oatmeal. This addition smoothes out the oatmeal and makes it more like quick oats (in my opinion). Don’t worry about the whole raw egg thing. If you use carton egg whites, they’re pasteurized. Plus, the egg whites get mostly cooked I think. They thicken the oatmeal up, so you can afford to use more liquid when making the oatmeal and you end up with a bigger bowl of oatmeal for your same ol’ 1/2 cup serving of dry oats.
My personal favorite oatmeal is this chocolate overnight oatmeal, but if you’re not a chocolate lover, give this comforting version a try!
*Please note that this is not an overnight oatmeal recipe. It is made to be prepared and eaten hot in the morning.*
You can find this recipe in my cookbook, Necessary Food.
- ½ cup old-fashioned oats (use gluten free if necessary)
- 1½ cups of water
- ⅓ cup carton egg whites
- Rounded ⅛ tsp. salt
- 3-4 doonks THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder (a doonk is 1/32 tsp.), to taste, adding more if desired
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. Grandma's molasses (friendly to most allergies, but check the label)
- ½ tsp. maple flavoring
- A little unsweetened almond milk (or a small amount of skim milk, for a nut free option) and/or chopped apple for topping, optional
- Microwave the oats and water in a large microwave-safe bowl for 4 minutes (I use a serving bowl so it doesn't boil over). Whisk the egg whites into the hot oatmeal, adding the egg whites while whisking so they don't create scrambled eggs in your oatmeal. Add the other ingredients and stir. Taste and adjust as necessary, adding more sweetener or flavoring if you like. Top with the optional toppings if desired and enjoy!
- Imitation Maple Extract
- Grandma’s Molasses (gluten and nut free)
- THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder can be purchased from the Trim Healthy Mama online store.