Almond Butter and “Jelly” Oatmeal

This quick breakfast requires only a few ingredients and is perfect for busy school mornings. Your basic oatmeal is supplemented with almond butter, which adds protein and healthy fats to keep you full until lunch. The addition of mixed berries makes breakfast time a little sweeter!I have a mild peanut allergy, so I never got to experience the traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But this peanut-free oatmeal version of the classic childhood sandwich is so satisfying that I don’t feel like I’m missing out on much. Instead of jelly, which adds a lot of refined sugar to your meal, frozen mixed berries and honey provide some sweetness.

Almond butter and mixed berries pack a micronutrient punch:

  • Almond butter – contains calcium, iron, vitamin E, magnesium, and copper (source). It is also high in fibre, which aids in digestion and lowers cholesterol. But consume in moderation – it is very calorically dense.
  • Berries – berries contain a number of antioxidants, and micronutrients that help to reduce inflammation. They also have a positive impact on cardiovascular health (source) and have been found to have cancer-preventing properties (source).

Today I enjoyed this delicious bowl of oatmeal before I headed to class. See the bottom of the post for the recipe for Almond Butter and “Jelly” Oatmeal.

For lunch I had this delicious salad (recipe to follow in the next post):For snack I enjoyed some celery and chipotle hummus. I always find I need a snack around 3pm to get me through until dinner, so I try to wash and cut vegetables beforehand. That way, when I feel like nibbling on something, I have convenient access to something healthy.I finished off my day with a chicken taco bowl. This is another recipe I will post in the future, once I’ve perfected it! “Bowls” of any variety are one of my favourite meals – it’s so easy to mix them up with different combinations of ingredients and dressings. These recipes will definitely be appearing on the blog as I create them.I had class and meetings until 9:30 today, and I didn’t have time in the morning, so I stopped by the gym briefly in the afternoon (and was a little sweaty for my last meeting of the day). I spent 20 minutes on the Stairmaster, followed a quick circuit that had a focus on upper body and core, in order to exercise my whole body. Then, after a couple hours of school work, I went back to the gym for my intramural basketball game!

Here is the recipe for Almond Butter and “Jelly” oatmeal, which provided a hearty start to my busy day.

 

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Almond Butter and "Jelly" Oatmeal
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
Optional:
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
Optional:
Instructions
  1. Place oats in a small bowl and add boiling water (enough to submerge the oats). Stir and wait for oats to absorb water, adding more boiling water to achieve the desired consistency.
  2. In another small bowl, microwave the frozen berries until just defrosted (30 seconds - 1 minute depending on the power of your microwave).
  3. Add honey to berries, and stir to coat.
  4. Spoon the berries and honey mixture on top of oatmeal.
  5. Drizzle almond butter over top of oatmeal.
  6. Optional: Add a pinch of salt on top of the almond butter (I like to do this to achieve a mild sweet-and-salty flavour). If you want a little extra sweetness, you can always add a bit more honey on top of the oatmeal.