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Should you eat it? Oatmeal Apple Pie

March 28th, 2010 | no comments

Yes!  How about for breakfast today?  This homemade oatmeal tastes like apple pie and it’s actually healthy for you!  I stumbled upon the recipe by accident.  I ran out of strawberries, which is usually how I top my oatmeal, so I used what I had on hand:  an apple!  Talk about a quick and satisfying breakfast.  I ran it through my nutrient analysis program and here is what I found:

Calories:  228;  Fat:  11.2 gram (1.2 grams saturated,7.3 grams polyunsaturated, 1.8 monounsaturated); Carbohydrate: 30 grams; Fiber:  5 grams; Protein:  5 grams

Don’t let the total fat content scare you, it’s mostly unsaturated (healthy fat) and comes from the walnuts.  When you compare this to a traditional bowl of oatmeal, it really keeps you satisfied for a few hours (that’s because of the fat and fiber).  Traditional oatmeal is purely carbohydrate.  Since your body digests carbohydrates first, if the meal has no fat or protein, you will find yourself searching for something to eat in an hour or two.

Here is the QUICK and EASY recipe:

1/4 cup Quaker Old Fashioned Oats

7 walnut halves, broken in half

1 tsp brown sugar, unpacked

1/2 of an apple (with skin), diced (put the other half in a ziplock bag and refrigerate for tomorrow)

1/2 cup of water

Dash of cinnamon

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Put all ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 1.5 minutes.  Top with cinnamon and enjoy!

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