Banana and Cinnamon Oatmeal

Oatmeal has been a staple in houses for years. Its hearty texture and “stick to your ribs” quality makes it the choice of many looking to make cold mornings a little less dreadful. It’s full of fiber and keeps you full long into the morning.

spoon-of-sugarInstant oatmeal from a box has around 160 calories per 1.5 oz. and 9 grams of sugar. Typically in the past,  when I bought these varieties I’ve had to eat at least two to feel full. Add it up. That’s 320 calories and 18 grams of sugar. 18 GRAMS OF SUGAR!! That equals to about 5 teaspoons of sugar. What a way to start a morning.

I never thought using the microwave to make oatmeal was an option but John turned me on to this recipe. It’s easy and fast and I need that in the morning as I’m rushed to get the kids off to school and myself off to work.

Banana and Cinnamon Oatmeal

Makes 1 serving, 4 min. to prep

1/2 cup of Rolled Oats (Don’t use instant oats. It taste terrible)        

1 whole small ripe banana cut up

1 cup water

A dash of cinnamon

Place all ingredients into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 min and 40 sec. 

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That’s it! It’s that easy.

The ripe banana adds just the right amount of sweetness. Even your kids will love it.

As a side note, we’ve used apples and blueberries and this recipe works wonderful with both. If you use blueberries add 3/4 cup of water. The blueberries have their own natural water in them so you don’t need as much.

Oh and if you’re looking for another Oatmeal and banana recipe Paloma and I made these yesterday and they were so good. Cookies with no sugar @ Skinny Taste.com

http://www.skinnytaste.com/2013/02/healthycookies.html       

Learning to live with less to no processed sugar isn’t easy but we’re doing it. . .simply.

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