Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 1 minute 20 seconds
- Prep time: 5 minutes
- Cook time: 1 minute 20 seconds
- Total time: 6 minutes
- Serves: 1
Let's face it, oats can be kind of bland and uninspiring. But, another way to look at "bland" is a blank canvas. Personally, without fruit added, oats for breakfast is a no go. Luckily fruit and oats together are a nutritious powerhouse.
Oats contain fiber, phosphorous, thiamine, magnesium and zinc.
Fiber regulates our digestion and slows down our blood sugars. It also is important to colon health
Phosphorous regulates our nerves, muscles (including heart) and helps our cell membranes. It is a part of DNA, RNA and ATP (where we get our energy.
Thiamine (also vitamin B1) is necessary to multiple cells in our body. Since our livers do not hold excess thiamine it is necessary to get it from our diet.
Magnesium aids over 300 enzymes in their chemical reactions in our body form regulating blood glucose to building complete proteins and regulating our heartbeat.
Zinc aids in over 100 enzymes and their chemical reactions we do not need much, it is a trace mineral, however it is responsible for keeping our immune system healthy (nutrition source, n.d).
Berries have recently been touted as the one of the most healthiest things you can eat by In the News 2021. Erik Rimm, an epidemiologist of nutrition at Harvard suggested eating a cup of berries daily of possible. They contain potassium magnesium vitamin C & K, fiber and prebiotics (In the News, 2021).
Pecans are rich in monounsaturated fats which have been linked to improved cholesterol levels and anti-inflammation.
Mascarpone is really just delicious so it was a treat to add. Think of it like butter, but creamier.
This recipe is a cinch. Easily made in a microwave because quick oats were used. You can choose to do a large batch on the stove top as well, using rolled oats. There is something grounding about cooking up a large batch of fruit laden oats for family in the mornings.
- 1/2 c quick cooking oats (organic if you can find it)
- 3/4-1 c plant based milk or milk
- 1 capful organic vanilla
- 1 pinch salt
- less then 1/4 c pecans
- 1 1/2 t mascarpone
- 1 T organic maple syrup
- 3/4 c berries
In your microwave safe bowl
Add 1/2 c of oats, salt, vanilla, cinnamon and milk. Mix with a spoon.
Place in microwave for 1 minute to 1 minute and 20 seconds. Watch the bowl near the end, if you see the oats rising up too high stop the time and take them out.
Now that the oats are done cooking you can add the fun stuff. The berries, pecans, maple syrup and mascarpone.