Monday, September 16, 2013

Energy-boosting Coffee and Banana Cream Oatmeal

On those hard-to-roll-out-of-bed mornings, you may need a little boost of energy to help get you kickin'.  The day I created this breakfast was one of those mornings for me, so I made a healthy, energy-boosting and dessert-worthy oatmeal bowl.  Combining eggs, bananas, coffee, and oats, this morning breakfast is filling with all the included fiber, protein, healthy fats, and carbs, yet doesn't  drag you down into that post-eating sleepy time coma.  Have you ever heard someone tell you that bananas and coffee taste amazing together? This pairing isn't just heavenly and desserty tasting, but it is also a great morning combination since both provide a little uplift to our energy levels.  So let's wake up together and enjoy this yummy Coffee and Banana Cream Oatmeal!

  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white or 3 tbsp. liquid egg whites
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup plain hot brewed coffee
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp. chopped walnuts

In a blender, blend the banana until pureed into a liquid - I saved a few slices to top my oatmeal with.  Pour the almond milk and coffee into a pot; cover the pot with a lid and heat it up on medium heat until it begins to boil.  Meanwhile, whisk together the egg, egg white, and banana puree until evenly combined in a bowl.  When the milk and coffee mixture is bubbling, slowly pour the liquid into the eggy banana mixture, stirring the whole time to temper the egg (slowly bringing the egg to the same temperature as the hot liquid without having the egg begin to cook!).  Once everything is combined, transfer the liquid back into the pot, lower the heat to a medium-low heat setting, and add in the oats.  Continue frequently stirring everything together for about 3 minutes.  After 3 minutes, allow the oats to simmer for another 2 to 3 minutes.  You don't have to keep stirring continuously at this point, but make sure you check on and stir the oats every time you hear them bubble.  Remove the oats from heat and transfer into a bowl.  Top the oats with some chopped walnuts and pour a little more hot brewed coffee over the top.
Note: Feel free to adjust the milk-coffee ratio to your likely - if you prefer "milkier" coffee, add more milk and vice-a-versa if you prefer a stronger coffee.
Hope this wakes you up!

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