Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Nutty Blueberry-Maple Oatmeal


Last week, my friend Jeanine, from the Baking Beauties, asked me if I'd be interested in doing a six week diet and exercises program with her. I was already toying with the idea that I needed to buckle down and loose some weight, so I quickly agreed. Let's face it, you're more likely to succeed when there is someone there rooting you on, encouraging and suffering right along with you, LOL.


As part of my healthier eating, I decided to make some new yummy oatmeal recipes. I am not a big oatmeal fan. In the past, if I were to eat it, I would drown it with brown sugar. Knowing that there would be no way of loosing weight following my bad oatmeal habit, I played around with flavours and came up with this one. And I truly enjoyed it! I ate the whole bowl, without the thought of "why am I doing this to myself" playing through my head. The addition of vanilla makes the oatmeal taste sweeter, without the added sugar. I love the crunch of the toasted coconut and walnuts. The bursts of fresh blueberries just add a nice bright surprise. Now I'm actually excited about eating oatmeal, that isn't swimming in sugar!

Nutty Blueberry-Maple Oatmeal
printable version

2/3 C water
1/3 C large flake old fashion oats
1 Tbs maple syrup
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/4 C walnuts, chopped
2 tsp sweetened shredded coconut
1/4 C fresh blueberries

In a small pot heat water to a boil. Add oats, maple syrup and vanilla. Reduce heat and simmer until tender and thick; about 10-15 minutes.

Meanwhile, toast walnuts and coconut in a small skillet, over medium heat; until coconut is the same colour as the walnuts. Set aside.

When the oats are tender, add in the blueberries (saving a few to garnish) and most of the walnut/coconut mixture. Garnish with remaining blueberries and nuts.

1 serving


This post linked to

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Jeanine - The Baking Beauties said...

Way to go, Cindy!!! So happy to have you joining me. :) Yeah, us!!

MM said...

I do believe I will try this soon. Now, I'm no fan of oatmeal. So reading that you ate this and didn't think it was a punishment (my attitude towards oatmeal) really struck me. Like you, the only way I have eaten oatmeal in the past is loaded w/ butter and sugar.

Maybe this is the oatmeal for me.
Minus the coconut ;-)

I appreciate you taking time to link with See Ya In the Gumbo. Thanks!

Brenda said...

Mmmmm....I love oatmeal and this sounds delicious. I can't wait to try it with the coconut!

ms.composure said...

mmmmmm looks soooo amazing!! would you be interested in guest posting a gr8 meal example on my fitness blog? check it out and let me know!!



April @ The 21st Century Housewife said...

I'm not a big oatmeal fan either, but your recipe sounds delicious! I love the blueberry/walnut/coconut combination - yum! Thank you for sharing this delicious and healthy recipe with the Hearth and Soul hop.