Hey hey! How are you? Now that we’ve lastly made it via what felt like an extra-long and sluggish January, I discovered myself enthusiastic about to the vacations. Do you miss them already as a lot as I do?
Time actually appears to fly between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I at all times discover myself wishing I had taken extra time to decelerate and benefit from the season, though I’m unsure if it even would’ve potential! Which brings me again to this put up. Amid all the vacation scrambling, I’m at all times particularly grateful for a fast, straightforward, and wholesome meal… like tasty pecan pie oatmeal that’s virtually bursting with pecan pie taste.
Pecan Pie Protein Oatmeal
The few days main as much as a giant vacation, I are inclined to take it somewhat simpler on the indulgent meals. This normally has rather a lot to do with the truth that I’m too busy scrambling round earlier than the festivities to make something really thrilling. I attempt to concentrate on protein and produce (eat like a PRO!) with extra easy eats that I can rapidly put collectively. It’s normally a whole lot of scrambled eggs, soups, smoothies, oatmeal and salads.
That doesn’t imply that it’s completely boring. A fantastic instance: this pecan pie protein oatmeal. It has the flavour and texture of delectable pecan pie baked oatmeal, however comes collectively a lot faster!
I’ve made this a couple of occasions over the previous couple of weeks. It’s filled with protein, the feel is superb (I’ll let you know my secret trick!), and it has the proper quantity of pie-like sweetness on prime. To not point out it makes meal prep a breeze!
So right here’s why these oats have been so superior recently:
somewhat soaking motion in a single day.
Common ol’ rolled oats have been feeling additional grainy/chewy recently, so I began soaking them in a single day earlier than cooking. I simply cowl them in water and allow them to sit in a single day, then rinse and drain earlier than boiling.
It makes the feel tremendous smooth, fluffy and creamy. They style the identical manner restaurant oats style, that are normally loaded with milk and butter within the cooking course of.
One other bonus from soaking: it makes them simpler to digest. I used to be listening to The Model Health Show (<— fave podcast for those who haven’t checked it out!) and one of many audio system was discussing lectins and the way they will make sure plant-based meals extra inflammatory. Lectins are the plant’s protecting response to maintain predators or people from consuming it, and might trigger irritation within the physique. Soaking, fermenting, and stress cooking are all efficient methods to cut back lectins.
So again to the protein and pecan pie facet of this breakfast recipe. Whereas the oats are boiling, I’ll add in 1-2 egg whites and somewhat almond milk. I’ll stir it round because it’s cooking – the eggs prepare dinner in a short time – after which after I take away the pan from warmth, I’ll add somewhat little bit of cinnamon, vanilla extract, and sea salt.
For the pecan pie topping, I heated up 1 tablespoon of butter in a saucepan, and after it was melted, I stirred in 1 teaspoon of coconut sugar, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. When the whole lot was easy, I added 1/4 cup Georgia pecans. It took about 30 seconds to completely coat the pecans, after which the whole lot was poured on prime of the oats.
It was so dreamy and scrumptious, and because it had added bulk from the egg whites, it saved me full and glad for hours. I want all of the vitality I can get packing suitcases and carryon baggage.. particularly when the temperature is meant to differ by 30 levels every day.
Be at liberty so as to add a little bit of nut butter, like almond butter, on prime for an additional chew of wholesome fat, protein, and taste!
Any superior oatmeal or breakfast hacks? What’s your favourite Thanksgiving dessert? I really like ALL PIE, however I particularly love my nana’s selfmade coconut cake.