Oatmeal!

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I have very fond memories of making maple brown sugar oatmeal growing up. I experimented with water in before or after microwaving, how much water and a skim milk topper before eating. It’s really comical now that I look back on it, but I LOVED that oatmeal.

Going Paleo put a damper on my love affair with oatmeal, until the glorious day came that I happened on this recipe! What, could it be?? A tasty alternative that met the mouth feel requirements as well as the dietary ones. It was like the chupacabra! You’re welcome! This has now become our Sunday morning ritual. Change the quantities based on how many family members are home, or based on what ingredients you have on hand. I’ve had less bananas or less eggs and it’s still managed to work!

Sidebar: enlisting your children makes the process that much easier on you and gets them in the kitchen!

Paleo Oatmeal
Serves 4

You need:
4 bananas
8 eggs
4 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp cinnamon
1/4 c coconut milk
Berries
2 Tbsp butter, coconut oil, ghee or cooking fat of your choice

Peel and break 4 bananas into pieces and place in a medium bowl. Crack 8 eggs into the mixing bowl. Add vanilla, cinnamon, coconut milk and 3/4 pint berries. IMG_3241.JPG

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Take a masher and mush it all together. In a medium skillet, melt your cooking fat over medium high heat. Pour in the mixture. Keep stirring, often scraping the bottom of the skillet to ensure minimal sticking. In about 5-8 minutes, it will suddenly start thickening and looking like oatmeal.

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Cook until your desired consistency. Divvy out into bowls, being sure to give yourself the most. Add a splash of coconut milk and fresh berries to the top.

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Breakfast!

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Cereal, Pop Tarts, doughnuts, muffins, oatmeal and more. Oh, to eat breakfast as an ancestral/paleo-ish/real food family. This was quite the transition for us. I would eat cereal for breakfast and sometimes dinner. Or, I would break Pop Tarts into pieces in a bowl and pour milk over them and call it cereal (before there was a Pop Tarts cereal, I’m ahead of my time). I wondered how I could eat so much, but then still be hungry 2 or 3 hours later. I blamed it on my metabolism.

Then came the transition to our new way of eating and all of those options went right out the window. What now? Well, it was a surprisingly delicious change. Today I will share how we satisfy our children’s craving for ‘cereal.’ You do not need as much in the bowl as you would with traditional cereal. The fat and protein are much higher in this version, filling you up much faster and keeping you full straight through to lunch time. No more sugar dips leaving you looking for a mid-morning snack! See how it can still be done on a budget?!

In a glass jar or container we mix the following ingredients (feel free to change it up to your taste!)

1 part raw unsalted almonds (can be found in the bulk bins at Whole Foods)
1 part shredded unsweetened coconut (can be found in the bulk bins at Whole
Foods)
1 part dried fruits (we use organic blueberries, cherries and apricots from the bulk bins at HEB because that is what’s available)

Then shake, shake, shake!! I then pour some into each kid’s bowl and cover with milk just like cereal. Delicious, easy and still Real Food!!

What variations would you make??

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