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Oat-less Oatmeal

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Ever since Frosty the Snowman started dancing outside, my tummy has craved a breakfast bowl that’s as warm and toasty as my abandoned bed covers. Since my celiac diagnosis, though, my shredded intestines haven’t been on talking terms with oats. What’s an oat-cravin’ gal to do? Whip up her own personal porridge recipe, of course!

When I first experimented with rice and buckwheat flakes, I felt like Goldilocks. Rice alone cooked too thin, while buckwheat tasted a bit nutty for my picky taste buds. But thrown into the same bowl with a tablespoon of chia seeds? This chewy, thick and allergy-friendly heaven-in-a-bowl makes my early morning college classes a little easier to swallow (food pun, like always, intended).

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

Casey has come up with a great way to enjoy the rich, creamy hot cereal feel of oatmeal without compromising her sensitive digestive system. Buckwheat has a protein content comparable to oats but boasts a higher content of zinc, copper, and manganese than other grains. By combining buckwheat, rice flakes, and chia seeds, this hot cereal retains the fiber content of traditional oats with an added iron boost. The mashed banana is a surprising addition that adds flavor, sweetness, fiber, and potassium.

By Katie, Bishop, MS, Nutritionist
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Oat-less Oatmeal

  • Prep Time:5 mins
  • Cook Time:2-3 mins
  • Servings: 1

Ingredients

2 tablespoons buckwheat flakes

2 tablespoons rice flakes

1 tablespoon chia seeds (can use less if a thinner consistency is preferred)

½ banana (mashed)

Enough water/liquid of choice to cook to desired consistency (I prefer spoon-stick thick, so I only pour enough water to cover my ingredients)*.

 

Optional spices: pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, cacao, maca, acai, etc.

 

Optional toppings: any and all fruit (bananas, strawberries, blueberries, and pomegranate seeds always appear in my bowl!), nuts, seeds, cacao nibs, dried fruit, trailmix, nut butter, yogurt, etc.

 

*Note: Add your liquid and wait a few seconds to see how much the chia seeds absorb before adding more!

Instructions

Note: I’ve only ever cooked my oat-less oatmeal in the microwave, but I’m sure the stovetop would provide similar results.

  1. For the microwave, I pop my base recipe in for 1 minute while I cut up the toppings.
  2. Then, I load up my bowl with all the goodies and microwave for another 1 to 1.5 minutes. By the time the microwave beeps, all the toppings have melted together into a puddle of pure deliciousness!

 

Suggested pairings:

Don’t be afraid to experiment with the toppings and spices to create your own masterpiece. Like my nana nicecream, I love this oatless oatmeal for its adaptability. During November, all I ate for breakfast was pumpkin pie oats – my base recipe with pumpkin spice, cinnamon, pumpkin stevia, and pumpkin butter swirled on top! In December, it was all about the gingerbread: the base plus cacao and maca powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and a few chocolate chips! Talk about drool!

Note: I’ve only ever cooked my oat-less oatmeal in the microwave, but I’m sure the stovetop would provide similar results. For the microwave, I pop my base recipe in for 1 minute while I cut up the toppings. Then, I load up my bowl with all the goodies and microwave for another 1 to 1.5 minutes. By the time the microwave beeps, all the toppings have melted together into a puddle of pure deliciousness!   Suggested pairings: Don’t be afraid to experiment with the toppings and spices to create your own masterpiece. Like my nana nicecream, I love this oatless oatmeal for its adaptability. During November, all I ate for breakfast was pumpkin pie oats – my base recipe with pumpkin spice, cinnamon, pumpkin stevia, and pumpkin butter swirled on top! In December, it was all about the gingerbread: the base plus cacao and maca powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and a few chocolate chips! Talk about drool!

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 269; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 1mg; Potassium: 452mg; Carbohydrate: 53g; Fiber: 8g; Sugar: 8g; Protein: 6g

Nutrition Bonus:   Iron: 13%; Calcium: 11%

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  1. Su Wu

    I feel the same way about steel cut oats, but I might try this mix on occasion. I’m also thinking of brown rice and quinoa. MMMMMMMmmmm

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