Let me start by saying I am NOT a breakfast eater. I love breakfast foods but I want them later in the day. The thoughts of eating first thing in the morning just doesn’t appeal to me. All I want is a
cup pot of coffee then I’m ready to tackle the day.
Since the diagnosis of hypertension for the beloved, I’ve been trying to make healthier meals for him. We have always eaten fresh, from scratch meals, but breakfast was one meal I seldom made. This recipe is perfect because I can make it ahead and he can heat it up when he wants it. No looking at food when I first get up and he gets a healthy breakfast. WIN! WIN!
3 cups organic oatmeal, not quick-cooking
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 3/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup raw honey
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 small banana, mashed (about 1/4 cup)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries (or berries of your choice)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
Pour into a 9×13 baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.
Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 30-35 minutes until the center is almost set.
Oatmeal has long been associated with lowering blood pressure by lowering your cholesterol. It does this because it is a fiber that binds to bile reducing the amount of fat and cholesterol your body absorbs.
When you add blueberries you are increasing the daily amount of antioxidants you are receiving. Also, recent studies have shown that 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon daily reduces your LDL.
I served this with a dollop of homemade yogurt and an extra drizzle of honey.