Eat oatmeal for the heart.
We've heard it over and over.
We have also learned that it is a bad cholesterol reducer, but dog-nash it, it reminds me of my youth. Cold winter mornings before heading off to Catholic school.
Years before they realized that we were victims of Nun-abuse, I cowered at the breakfast table, 20 below outside, plaid skirt hiked up to high-heaven, knees exposed, we were not allowed to wear leggings until we reached the upper grades!
My mother said the "oatmeal will keep you warm".
So, every school day morn, there sat my oatmeal, in a bowl, steaming, lumpy, yuck (sorry mom) with nothing fancy or edible about it!
Nowadays, there are times, if I happen into a quaint "Mom & Pop" diner, I will order oatmeal, with brown sugar (like my grandma used to make it) and a non-dairy cream, but that is not often enough for me to reap the health benefits ~ So what do I do?
I make breakfast bars!
I make all varieties, and I really need to be honest here - they came about from a BAD batch of cookies! My son exclaimed one day, after I slaved an hour of baking him chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, that they "Looked funny, like a breakfast bar" so I ran with it.
As long as I tell him they're "Breakfast Bars" and NOT cookies, he devours them.
SO, I made a batch today and thought to share it with you. They were particularly yummy and I did, in fact, eat them for breakfast with a glass of coconut milk ( No, not from a can, it comes in gallons at Whole Food like regular milk and is SO good!).
1 1/3 cup rolled oats.
1 cup wheat flour
1 tbsp coconut oil
dash of nutmeg
dash of salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp agava syrup
1 tbsp grape-seed oil
1 tbsp coconut milk
1 handful of chocolate chips and raisins.
Add liquid ingredients to dry in a glass bowl. Mix and roll into small flat balls. Place on a cookie sheet. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Bake for 7 minutes, take them out and flip them. Return to oven and bake another 7 minutes, flattening slightly with a spatula.
Remove them and cool on a wire rack. They should be ready soon!
They should be cooked on the outside yet moist in the center.
They are also perfect for on the go and are completely vegan!