No Cook Dairy-Free Oatmeal

I know that oatmeal is good for me and all but I used to dread cooking it on the stove each morning.  The last thing I wanted to do was to clean another pan at 7am!  The old fashioned slow cooking rolled oats or steel cut oats are the most nutritious.  The instant oatmeal that you buy in packets or cups at the supermarket is over processed so that it cooks quicker in the microwave plus there’s a lot of added sugar (more than you would think).  Oats have been proven to lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and regulate blood sugar levels.  It’s also a great way to start your day because your stomach will be full for hours due to the fiber content.  As if all that isn’t enough, it’s also gluten free!  If you can measure and stir then you can make this simple and healthy breakfast in minutes and it will be waiting for you in the fridge the next morning.  The oats soaking in the almond milk overnight soften them so that they don’t have to be cooked.  It’s one of the most exciting short-cuts I’ve discovered and I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do.

Prep Time:  5 minutes                       Cook Time:  0 minutes !!!!                 Serves 1

Ingredients:

1/3 cup dried old fashioned slow cooking rolled oats or steel cut oats

1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla flavored almond milk or coconut milk

1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp pure maple syrup

8 almonds chopped

1 tbsp dried cranberries

Combine all ingredients in a small microwave or oven safe dish.  Stir until combined.  Cover and store the dish in the fridge overnight.  The next morning you can eat the oats cold or warmed in the oven or microwave.

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The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Granola Bar

These bars are so yummy and very versatile.  They are easy to whip up and great for a dessert or snack and a healthy way to get in your cholesterol lowering rolled oats.  The nut butter , egg whites and coconut oil adds protein and healthy fats and the chocolate chunks are just plain delicious.  Feel free to use any nut butter you enjoy and if your children need a nut-free treat for school simply use sunflower seed butter instead.  These store well in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week.

Prep Time:  10 minutes                   Cook Time:  20 minutes                 Makes 12 bars

Ingredients:

3/4 cup almond butter / cashew butter / peanut butter / sunflower seed butter

1/3 cup honey

4 tbsp liquid egg whites

2 tbsp of melted coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

4 1/2 cups rolled oats (not instant)

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 tsp salt

1 cup dairy-free chocolate chunks

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl beat together the peanut butter, honey, egg, oil, brown sugar , extract and salt until creamy.  Stir in the oats and chocolate chunks until the oats are completely covered in the peanut butter mixture.  Coat a 13X9 baking dish with cooking spray.  Press the oat mixture firmly into the bottom of the pan.  Place in oven for 20 minutes or until the edges are slightly browned.  Cool in pan for 15 minutes then transfer to the fridge for 20 minutes.  Loosen the edges with a spatula or knife and slice into bars.

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