We love a great bowl of steamy oatmeal over here. There are countless ways you can add flavor and more texture to a bowl of oats. In this recipe I include lots of lean protein, healthy fats and flavor to get you going and to keep you going until your next meal. Apples and oats are a match made in heaven and I enjoy them whenever possible.
Last year I had the opportunity to attend a photography workshop presented by Helene Dujardin. She is full of wit, honesty and personality. Helene is the stylist and photographer behind the virtual pages of the breathtaking blog Tartelette . Her tagline is “…on the sweet side of life…” and that it is. Most of you know her lively blog. If you have not seen it, I highly suggest you take a peek now. This is the recipe I shot at the workshop.
How does this bowl of Oats define me?
This high energy Skillet Egg Oatmeal is happy food. It is simple in theory, but a bit more complex in the details.
- It tastes awesome. (visualize rice pudding meets custard)
- It uses whole foods.
- It offers loads of slow burn and immediate energy.
- It has a great ratio of lean protein, whole grains and healthy fats.
- It has lots of volume & lean protein from the eggs so I don’t feel cheated. Bigger is better.
- It uses easy to find ingredients that most of us all ready have on hand.
- It is inexpensive.
- My kids love it.
- It is versatile. Don’t over think it.
What is your favorite way to prepare oatmeal?
- Your High Energy Oatmeal can be eaten for breakfast or a mini meal. If eaten for a mini meal you might want to go with half of this serving size.
- Always remember balance at each meal. If you use a full egg, perhaps cut back on the other fats (nuts, nut butters etc…) If you are using egg whites, add a little more fat somewhere else (a bit more seeds, nuts, butter, etc.) Don’t avoid the fat and protein, you won’t stay satisfied for long with just oats and fruit.
- Oats are high fiber, whole grain and full of nutrients. Oats have so many health benefits.
Fruit and Egg Skillet Oatmeal
- Oats: 1 cup pre cooked Steel Cut, Old Fashioned or Coach’s Oats
- 1 Egg or 1/4 cup Egg Whites
- 1/4 cup fat free or low fat Ricotta Cheese
- pinch of Salt
- Spices: Cinnamon, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Cloves, etc
- Sweeten to taste: Vanilla Stevia drops, English Toffee Stevia drops, pure Maple Syrup, Honey, Sucanat (un-refined cane sugar)
- Fruit: 1/2 cup diced apple, pear, peach, berries, 1/2 banana, applesauce (without added sugar), 1/4 cup dried fruit, etc
- Healthy Fat: 1-2 tablespoons nut butter, chopped nuts, cream cheese, sour cream (sounds weird, but tastes great,) sunflower seeds, unrefined coconut butter, unsweetened coconut flake, butter, cacoa nibs, etc.
- stir in some unsweetened cocoa powder for a chocolate version
- steep a few tea bags in your Big Batch of oats
- top with a splash of coconut milk or cream
- Lightly spray and heat a non stick skillet on medium heat. Combine oatmeal, eggs, ricotta cheese and salt in a bowl. Add mixture to skillet. Heat for a few minutes stirring with a spatula frequently. The egg should be cooked through and the mixture should be hot and fluffy. Gently stir in your fruit, fats, cheese and nuts at the end to warm them up.
For the Kids
This is a great breakfast to fuel your kids up for school. This oatmeal is quick and they will love the flavor. It will provide their bodies with great amounts of low glycemic energy to stay focused in class and active in sports. No one should start the day with an empty belly. Moods get nasty and focus goes in the gutter when we are too hungry to concentrate. Break the fast of a long night of sleep. Eating breakfast starts the day right. Besides it tastes so yummy and helps to kick start that metabolism.
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