THM-E, Low fat, Sugar-free, kid-friendly
My, that’s a mouthful! Literally!
This recipe was one of those, “plain oatmeal sounds boring right now”, recipes. I make oatmeal a lot for my kids, because it’s cheap and because it’s nutritious. My boys, especially, love when I make regular oatmeal and add sprinkles. It makes them feel like they are eating those sugary cereals that I don’t allow very often. The jokes on them though, because oatmeal (even with a little bit of sprinkles) is sooooo good for them!
This oatmeal adaption is loaded with good stuff, but the best part is the collagen! Let’s talk about collagen!
Collagen: My secret ingredient
I didn’t discover collagen until I started following the THM (trim healthy mama) lifestyle. I began to research the benefits of this stuff, and realized that it was just too good to not eat. So, after I told my husband about the benefits, he started adding it to his coffee everyday. I didn’t realize until later, that his hair started looking fuller, and his skin was looking really good (don’t get me wrong….he looks GOOD;). As I saw his improvements, I started taking it too. I added it into my baking recipes, and into my coffee occasionally. Mostly, I add it to my daily protein shakes. I can’t taste it, so why wouldn’t I add that amazing stuff???
I pretty much put it in everything! It’s my secret ingredient. The nutritional benefits of collagen are just too much to ignore…
(courtesy of http://www.AmyMyersMD.com)
This oatmeal is great for people like me, who love sweet breakfasts.
Yes, I am am one of those that would rather have sweets for breakfast, rather than “greasy” breakfasts. (I.e. eggs and bacon.) There’s nothing wrong with that if it’s THIS healthy….
If you don’t prefer strawberries with chocolate, then you can easily omit the strawberries and have a chocolate oatmeal.
One of the things that I do highly suggest is soaking your oats before you cook them.
“Soaking the Grains”
Why do I soak the grains?
The key has to do with what happens overnight as they soak. Their starches break down which improves digestibility and their natural phytic acid (which all plants contain) is greatly reduced that makes them more easily absorbed by your body.
What I usually do, is the night before I am going to make my oatmeal, I just add the oats to a pan, and add water. Then, I put a lid on the pan and let them soak for the whole night! It takes all of 2 minutes to do! (Note: some people like to add salt or an acid of some sort to fully break down the phytates. I only use water and occasionally salt) That way, when I wake up…our breakfast only takes a few minutes to heat up! Win, Win!
It’s really not complicated to soak grains, if you plan ahead a little bit. The benefits to soaking grains is worth it, anyways. It has greatly reduced my bloating. Bloating used to happen to me when I would eat plain oatmeal, cooked traditionally. But, not anymore. you’re welcome husband. 😉
My accidental recipe
Long story short, I accidentally made this recipe up. I guess that’s how I usually concoct recipes, but this one was truly an accident. It was so yummy though, that I had to share. Let me know how it turns out for you! I love to hear feed back!
Serves 5 people
2 minPrep Time
5 minCook Time
7 minTotal Time
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 5 cups water
- dash of salt
- 3 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
- 5 tbs gentle sweet (or sweetener of choice)
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1-2 scoops of grass-fed collagen
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- Soak oats overnight for best results.
- In the morning, turn on heat to medium high, and add the rest of the ingredients, except for the almond milk.
- Mix well.
- Cook for about 5 minutes.
- When ingredients are heated, turn heat off and add almond milk. Serve hot with strawberries and powdered gentle sweet (optional).
Super easy to make, and very filling. THM-E, Low fat and sugar free.