Looking for a tasty recipe that's a great alternative to instant oatmeal? Try these nutritious and yummy whole rolled oats, which cook up in just a few minutes. The addition of organic whey adds a protein and nutritional boost. I prefer using The Organic Whey protein powder because it is certified organic and comes from one source: Organic Valley Farmers; and contains just one ingredient: organic whey. Additionally, there are no artificial sweeteners, flavorings, additives, preservatives or other yucky unwanted ingredients and comes with a nice creamy flavor. You can make this recipe in large batches on the weekend or in the morning. If you are in need of a super quick breakfast, you can skip the apples (but they add a delicious naturally sweet flavor!).
½ tablespoon of coconut oil
1 apple cut into ¼ cubes (I leave the skin on)
¼ cup hazelnuts roughly chopped
1 cup rolled oats
2 cups of your favorite organic milk like coconut, almond, soy or traditional organic milk or water
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons of flax seeds
2-3 tablespoons of The Organic Whey (follow package’s serving suggestions)
Heat a heavy medium sauce pan over medium heat and add coconut oil. Add chopped apples and sauté 6-7 minutes until soft. Add hazelnuts and sauté 2-3 more minutes until toasted. Add 2 cups of rolled oats, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey and flax seeds. Bring to a simmer and simmer 2-5 minutes until oatmeal reaches desired thickness and remove from heat to cool.
If eating right away and oatmeal is hot, spoon into bowl, add a little milk or water and stir to cool. Add manufacturer’s suggested serving of whey to oatmeal, stir to combine and enjoy.
Note: you don’t want to add organic whey to overly hot oatmeal, it may cause it to lump or sour.