Thursday, July 3, 2008

Healthy Breakfast Oatmeal Bake Recipe

Start Your Day with a Tasty Oatmeal Breakfast Bake

If you'd like to get your kids to try eating oatmeal, serve them this warm, spicy oatmeal dish, fragrant with the aroma of cinnamon. Let's face it, plain old oatmeal is – well, plain. A delicious oatmeal bake is easy to prepare and filled with superfoods to add nutrition to the start of your day.

Here's what you get form one tasty recipe:
  • Oats are a great superfood. They are packed with magnesium and potassium for heart health. Oats are low in fat, yet full of fiber which helps fill you up for hours. Studies also show that oats help lower cholesterol.
  • Crunchy nuts add omega3 fatty acids
  • Sweet and spicy cinnamon boosts your metabolism, helps lower cholesterol and helps regulate your blood sugar.
Including dried fruit, like cherries, raisins or blueberries, or fresh apple in your oatmeal, adds a powerful nutritional punch to begin your day.
Healthy Ingredients

3 cups skim milk, plus more for serving if desired
6 tbs packed brown sugar*
1 1/2 tbs margarine
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups peeled, finely chopped apples
3/4 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans
Cooking spray

Directions for Preparation of Healthy Baked Oatmeal

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Coat a medium square baking dish lightly with cooking spray and set it aside.

Mix the brown sugar, margarine, cinnamon and milk in a medium saucepan. Bringing it t0 a boil, stir frequently.

In another bowl, mix dry ingredients - oats, apple, cranberries and nuts. Spread this mixture evenly into oil coated baking dish.

When milk mixture begins to boil, pour it over oatmeal and fruit mixture.

Leave uncovered and bake for 30 minutes.

You'll know your baked oatmeal is ready to eat when all liquid is absorbed and oatmeal is soft.

Garnish with fresh apple slices.

Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional Information per Serving

*Substitute Splenda or other brand low-calorie brown sugar for regular to save 4.5g of carbohydrates and 17 calories. Use half the amount of brown sugar called for (3 tbs).

A full 12g of fat in this recipe come from heart-healthy walnuts with their omega3 fatty acids and Monounsaturated Fatty Acids that actually aid weight loss.

Calories 324
Fat 14.1g
Sodium 113mg
Potassium 455mg
Carbohydrate 42.3g
Fiber 4.7g
Protein 10.5g

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