Oatmeal with Almonds, Papaya & Grain Sweetened Carob Chips

PC-Oat-8-720dpiChilled air. Gray sky. Bare trees. The hardest winter month to get through seems to always land on February's shoulders. I'm grateful this past weekend I had the opportunity to be refreshed by my family. A trip up north to single digit temperatures, my grandparents cabin on top of a mountain, and my chubby nieces cheeks did my heart good. Hot oatmeal can be the same way. Familiar and comforting, a bowl of oats reminding you of simple truths: I'm loved, the future is bright, God is good.

Grain sweetened carob chips and dried papaya caught my eye at the trail mix bar at Whole Foods. Deciding between them both, impossible. So I'm sharing two ways to dress up organic, steel-cut oats with organic rice milk and unrefined coconut sugar.

STEEL CUT OATMEAL WITH GRAIN SWEETENED CAROB CHIPS, CINNAMON & ALMONDS: + Bring steel cut oats to a boil in a small pot of water with a dash of salt. Once boiling, reduce heat. Cover & cook for about 20 minutes. Stir often. + Mix cooked oatmeal with rice milk (Increase/decrease milk amount to your personal preference) + Top with unrefined coconut sugar, cinnamon, almonds, and grain sweetened carob chips. They are very rich in flavor so top sparingly.

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Steel cut oats are considered a power food because they are a great source of protein and have fiber, vitamins and minerals. According to LiveStrong.com, the benefits of steel cut oats vs. rolled oats is a result of how they are processed. "Steel cut oats are dense and chewy as a result of being passed through sharp, steel blades that cut them into thin slices that helps retain more fiber and protein." Who knew!

STEEL CUT OATMEAL WITH DRIED PAPAYA & ALMONDS: + Bring steel cut oats to a boil in a small pot of water with a dash of salt. Once boiling, reduce heat. Cover & cook for about 20 minutes. Stir often. + Mix oatmeal and rice milk + Top with organic dried papaya, sliced almonds, and unrefined coconut sugar

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