Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oats Bowl

I love oatmeal. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea, second breakfast, halfsies...I think you get my drift...at least I know Pippin does if he is reading this.  However, I mainly stick with my oats for breakfast.  While at work, I don't get to eat lunch until quite a bit of hours after I have my breakfast, so naturally (at least for me!) I get a tad bit hungry quite soon...once again, I know Pippin understands how I feel at least.  This is why I need to make my oats nice and filling!

Protein, healthy fats, and good carbs are all needed to keep you nice and full, and this Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oats Bowl is filled with all three!



Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp. peanut butter - I use Smucker's Creamy Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 4 tbsp. liquid egg whites, or the egg whites from one egg would suffice
  • 1/3 cup almond milk, or any other milk of your choice
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tbsp. pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp. chopped walnuts
  • cinnamon
  • blueberries
Recipe:

Mix the water and milk in a pot, and heat covered on medium heat until it begins to bubble.  After the milk mixture is boiling, toss in the rolled oats, mix them around so they are all nicely coated with the liquid, lower the heat a little, and let it simmer for about 2 minutes.  Meanwhile, whip the egg whites with a fork or mini whisk until they become frothy (I have found that a miniature whisk works a lot easier and quicker).  After the oats have been cooking for two minutes, pour in the whisked egg whites and continue stirring for another two minutes without stopping - this prevents any "eggy" spots from forming.  In the last minute or so of cooking, toss in the peanut butter, pumpkin puree, and cinnamon to taste.  Stir it all together until the peanut butter "melts" into the oats.  Pour the oats into a bowl and top with blueberries, chopped walnuts, and more cinnamon.  If you want, you can microwave the bowl for about a minute - this will slightly melt and warm the blueberries on top without making them incredibly mushy.  

Now go ahead and stay full all morning (or at least until lunch!) with this protein packed bowl of oats!

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