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10 New Ways to Eat Oatmeal

Chocolaty Overnight Oats

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In a rush to get out the door in the morning? This no-cook healthy breakfast comes together in a flash, thanks to some easy prep work the night before.

Ingredients:
Makes 1 serving
1/2 c. old fashioned oatmeal
1/2 c. almond milk (regular milk will also work)
1 heaping spoonful dark chocolate cocoa powder
1 tbsp. chia seeds
1 packet or 1 tsp. sweetener (such as Stevia, Splenda or sugar), optional
½ frozen banana, sliced

Directions:
Combine oatmeal and sweetener in a container, cover, and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, stir up oatmeal mixture. Top with frozen banana slices, stir, and enjoy! Note: You may stir in more milk in the morning until your desired consistency is achieved.

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Oatmeal Protein Pancakes

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These oatmeal pancakes pack a protein punch, thanks to the addition of cottage cheese and egg whites.

Ingredients:
Makes 2- 3 servings
1 c. old fashioned oats
1/2 c. fat-free cottage cheese
8 egg whites
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Directions:
Heat griddle to medium high heat and spray with cooking spray. Combine all ingredients and blend with an immersion blender until a smooth batter forms. Pour or scoop batter onto griddle in round pancake-like circles. Let cook until tops of the pancakes begin to bubble and then flip and let cook until they’re no longer doughy in the middle and slightly brown on both sides. Top with syrup, nutmeg, fresh fruit, or desired toppings.

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Almond Butter Granola

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Bake up a batch of this almond butter granola over the weekend and enjoy it throughout the week on top of yogurt, in a bowl with milk, or simply by the handful.

Ingredients:
Makes eight 1/4 c. servings
4 tbsp. almond butter
4 tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tbsp. chia seeds
2 c. oats

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees and spray cookie sheet with cooking spray. Combine almond butter and honey in a bowl and microwave until almond butter is slightly melted (about 30 seconds). Stir almond butter and honey together. Add cinnamon and vanilla to almond butter mixture. Stir oats and chia seeds into almond butter mixture, completely coating oats in the mixture. Spread oats onto cookie sheet and bake for eight minutes before tossing oats and baking for another four minutes until granola is slightly brown. Let cool until granola is crunch and enjoy!

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Pumpkin Protein Oats

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A fall favorite, pumpkin is so nutritious, why not enjoy it year-round? This warm bowl of oatmeal is reminiscent of pumpkin pie but kicked up a notch nutritionally with the help of protein powder.

Ingredients:
Makes 1 serving
1/2 c. old fashioned oats
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2 c. canned pumpkin
Several shakes of pumpkin pie spice
¼ c. milk or water

Directions:
Combine ingredients with milk or water and microwave for approximately 90 seconds, stirring every 20 seconds to prevent overflow . Note: WATCH the oats while they’re in the microwave, as they can “grow” and overflow from the bowl.

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Salmon Burgers

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These salmon burgers scream summer! A combination of heart-healthy salmon and whole grain oats make these burgers both nutritious and delicious.

Ingredients:
Makes 3 burgers
3/4 lb. fresh salmon
2 tbsp. oats
2 tbsp. green onions, chopped
1 tbsp. light mayonnaise (I used light Miracle Whip)
2 tsp. stone-ground mustard (Dijon, honey mustard or regular mustard will also work)
1 tsp. dill

Directions:
Heat a griddle on medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Combine ingredients in a food processor and pulsate until everything is fully mixed. Shape salmon mixture into three patties and place on griddle. Cook until sides of the patties appear cooked (approximately 5 minutes). Flip patties and cook until salmon is completely cooked (another 5 minutes). Serve alone or on top of a fresh bun with lettuce and tomato.

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Chocolate Protein Granola

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Many granola recipes lack protein, but that’s not the case with this chocolaty creation. Add a couple handfuls of chocolate chips once the granola is cooled for even more chocolate goodness.

Ingredients:
Makes four 1/2-cup servings
1 tbsp. honey
3 tbsp. water
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. canola oil
1/2 tsp. coconut extract (vanilla extract will also work)
1 tbsp. cocoa powder
1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder
2 c. old fashioned oatmeal

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine honey, water, brown sugar, oil, and extract in a small bowl until mixed. Stir in cocoa powder and protein powder until fully combined. Pour chocolate mixture on top of oats and stir until oats are coated. Spread onto a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray and bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway.

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Oatmeal Banana Flax Muffins

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Bake up a batch of these muffins on Sunday and enjoy one as a grab-and-go breakfast topped with some peanut butter or as a healthy snack throughout the week.

Ingredients:
Makes 6 muffins
¾ c. whole wheat flour
½ c. old fashioned oats
¼ c. firmly packed brown sugar
2 tbsp. ground flax seeds
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
1 egg white
2 ½ tbsp. canola oil
¼ tsp. vanilla extract
1 small banana, mashed
½ c. milk

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pan with six paper muffin cups. Combine whole wheat flour, oats, brown sugar, flax seeds, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together egg white, oil, vanilla, banana, and milk. Gradually mix flour mixture into egg mixture until batter is combined. Divide the batter into the six muffin cups. Bake for 15-18 minutes.

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Coconut Granola

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Coconut lovers rejoice! By using both coconut oil and coconut extract, this granola is packed with coconut flavor.

Ingredients:
Makes 4 small servings, 1/4 c. each
1 c. old fashioned oats
1 tbsp. chia seeds
1 1/2 tbsp. + 1/2 tsp. coconut oil
2 tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp. coconut extract
2 tbsp. packed brown sugar
½ c. shredded coconut, optional

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk together coconut oil, honey, brown sugar, and coconut extract. Continue whisking until ingredients are combined. Add oats to the honey mixture and stir in chia seeds until oats and seeds are coated in the honey mixture. Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and spread out evenly. Bake for 8 minutes before flipping the granola and baking for another 3-5 minutes. Stir in coconut.

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Chewy Granola Bar Bites

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These super-chewy granola bar bites are moist, dense, and perfectly portable.

Ingredients:
Makes 6 bites
1 c. old fashion oats
¼ c. packed brown sugar
¾ tsp. pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon will also work)
2 tbsp. chia seeds
2 tbsp. ground flax seeds
¾ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
1 egg white
½ c. milk

Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line muffin tin with paper cups. Combine oats, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, chia seeds, baking powder, and salt. Stir in milk and egg white into oat mixture. Divide batter among six muffin cups. Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until batter is fully set.

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Oatmeal Breakfast Parfait

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Take advantage of seasonally ripe berries by including them in a parfait with cold oatmeal and creamy Greek yogurt.

Ingredients:
Makes 1 serving
½ c. cooked oatmeal, refrigerated until cold (granola may also be used)
½ c. Greek yogurt
Seasonal berries of your choice

Directions:
Place ¼ c. Greek yogurt at the bottom of a glass. Top with ¼ c. oatmeal and then top the oatmeal with a handful of fresh berries. Repeat one more time and enjoy!

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