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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Nutty Blueberry-Maple Oatmeal

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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.

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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
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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

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This post linked to

Delicious Dishes
See ya in the Gumbo!
Hearth and Soul
Tasty Tuesday
Things That Make you Say: Mmmmm

5 comments:

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!!



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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.