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Thursday
Dec242015

Healthy Kitchen: Gingerbread Cookie Oatmeal

During the winter months, I find myself craving the comfort food and sweet treats I grew up with. Among my favorites - a chewy on the inside, crisp along the edges, deliciously fragrant specialty full of cinnamon and clove and molasses...

These days I not only look for great taste in my baking but also healthful ingredients. With a little creative muscle, I have transformed my childhood favorites into satisfying and flavorful creations.

Enter, oatmeal - with a gingerbread twist! Other than being a nostalgic treat that takes me right back to sitting on the kitchen counter sampling my mother's delicious holiday gingersnaps, I like this particular oatmeal recipe for its ability to keep me full and to satisfy a hankering for something sweet. Best of all? I love it because it’s absolutely LOADED with nutrients!

Let's take a closer look (not to mention taste).... This little creation is packed full of fiber from oats and flax seed, kissed with a touch of vanilla from the addition of satisfying VeganMax protein powder, and topped with the healthy fats of chia and almond butter.

And to really seal the deal, I’ve added natural anti-inflammatory spices like cinnamon and ginger—to really bring that molasses flavor to life. Enjoy this recipe well beyond the holidays for a warm, comforting treat! 

Gingersnap Cookie Oatmeal

Prep Time: 5 minutes / Cook Time: 10 minutes / Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 scoop vanilla VeganMax
  • ½ cup hemp milk, 
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp chia
  • 1 tsp flax
  • ½ tsp cinnamon, 
  • ½ tsp ginger, 
  • 1 pinch Celtic salt
  • 1 tsp black strap molasses
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean or extract
  • 1 Tbsp Justin’s maple almond butter

Directions:

1. In a small pot, combine the oatmeal, 1 cup water, pinch of salt and 1 tsp chia and flax seed.

2. Bring to boil over medium/high heat.

3. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium/low and simmer until the oats are thick, stirring frequently (about 5 minutes).

4. Take the oatmeal off the heat and let it cool for 5 minutes.

5. Once cooled, add in the protein powder, hemp milk, molasses, spices, and vanilla bean. Stir together until all are well combined.

6. Grab a spoon, scoop out some almond butter and add on top.

7. DEVOUR.

Thanks for reading, everyone! Would you like more healthy and delicious recipes for your weight loss program? Check out our weekly Healthy Kitchen offerings, and talk with a professional dietitian at your club today!

This article is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations in this and other articles is at the choice and risk of the reader.

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