Sunday, April 24, 2011
According to one of my assistant principals, who storm chases in his "spare" time, we haven't had rain since September 12. Praise God from whom all blessings flow... literally!!!!!
In honor of the occasion, I decided to make some steel cut oatmeal in the crock pot. Some of you might remember that I tried a recipe last December. First - it was too sweet. Second - it was too much work. What I threw together today was much simpler:
3 oz (one bathroom cup - excellent for measuring things!!!) steel cut oats
12 oz (four bathroom cups - you get the idea) water
1 tablespoon fat free half and half
1 teaspoon no sugar added apple butter
1 teaspoon PB2 (still in its powder form)
MUCH easier and not as sweet (since I didn't add any sweetening agents. I can always stir in some stevia if I need it.) I'm still using the water bath method, but I'm finding that I like to make all sorts of things that way: Rice, barley, quinoa, etc, etc.
It should be ready in time for breakfast #2.
I'll let you know.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot... Thunder UP!!!
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ETA: I just did a nutritional analysis of the oatmeal. It's not entirely accurate because I used no-sugar-added apple butter and it wasn't listed in the Spark Recipe calculator, but it's a minimal difference (for the good!)
Servings Per Recipe: 3
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 1.5 g
Cholesterol: 0.3 mg
Sodium: 8.9 mg
Total Carbs: 15.0 g
Dietary Fiber: 2.0 g
Protein: 3.3 g
Of course, I haven't tasted it yet!! LOL!!!
ETA (again!): Definitely needed more sweet. I added another tsp of NSA apple butter, a packet of Target brand stevia, and a tsp of chopped dates. Couldn't taste the PB2 at all, so I think if I wanted a peanut butter taste, I'd have to double the amount at the very least. But I think it's a good base for making "specialty" oatmeals (like the two on today's Daily Spark.)