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On a recent trip to Big Lots, I found an end cap with Bob’s Red Mill Products. I was super excited, my grocery store only carries a few of Bob’s Red Mill items, plus it was such a great price.

So I went with a Crock Pot Recipe, Crock your Oats if you will. I thought about doing it over night, but I wanted to watch this batch because I adjusted the recipe a bit. Messing with the original recipe can lead to a fail or can yield a new way of making a dish. I was hoping this was going to be a winner.

This recipe has all of my favorite ingredients, cinnamon, apples and oats. I used apple sauce to replace the butter in this recipe. Also making an appearance is Milled Flaxseed.

Chopping the apples was the most time-consuming part of this recipe, and that really only took about 5 minutes.

I started using Date Sugar in place of brown sugar while baking. It help cut back on unnecessary sugar, but keeps the flavor that is needed in the recipe.

Mixed all the ingredients in the Crock Pot and kept an eye on its progress, I was not sure how long the cook time was going to be so I did a quick stir every hour or so.

Normally I let the crock pot works its magic, but I am so glad I kept checking on it, my cook time was 2 hours less than the original recipe called for. When it started to stick to the bottom and to the side of the crock I could tell it was going to dry out if I left it on any longer, so I did a taste test and found that it was done and ready to serve.

Here’s the end result, they were creamy, and the apple chunks were done to a nice soft texture. I topped with fresh black berries and some additional cinnamon and dug in.

Knowing I want this for breakfast tomorrow, I grabbed my OIAJ Jar and filled it up. I plan on adding some Coconut milk to it when I heat it.

I also portioned out a big old bowl for my husband and another bowl to last over the next few days. Jeff’s portion in the one on the left, but I think he could eat the bowl on the right.  I listed the recipe how I prepared it and what the original recipe called for in (parenthesis). I don’t have anything against butter, but I like to try healthy substitutes for recipes.

Slow Cooker, Apple Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Adapted from: The Yummy Life
Makes Approximately 6-1 Cup Servings
Cook Time: 5 Hours (Original Recipe calls for 7 hours) 

Ingredients:

  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (2-1/2 to 3 cups chopped)
  • 1-1/2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats
  • 1 teaspoon date sugar (original recipe calls for 2 tablespoons brown sugar)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of butter and 3 tablespoon of unsweetened applesauce (original recipe called for 1-1/2 tablespoons butter)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax-seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional garnishes: fresh fruit, chopped nuts, dried fruit, maple syrup, additional milk

Directions:

Coat inside of 3-1/2 quart (or larger) slow cooker with cooking spray. Add all ingredients (except optional toppings) to slow cooker. Stir, cover, and cook on low for 5 hours. Spoon oatmeal into bowls; add optional toppings, if desired. Store leftovers in refrigerator. Freezes well. To reheat single servings: Put 1-cup cooked oatmeal in microwave proof bowl. Add 1/3 cup fat-free milk. Microwave on high for 1 minute; stir. Continue cooking for another minute, or until hot.
Note: The original recipe called for 7 hours of cook time on low, but since I altered the recipe I cut off 2 hours from the cook time. 
Question of the Day: Have you ever crocked your oats?
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I have a new favorite breakfast. All week-long I think about what I want to make on Saturday and Sunday mornings for breakfast. There has been one recipe that I have wanted to make for a while now and finally got to it.  Tone It Up Protein Pancakes.

They are easy to make and all you need is about 5 minutes..

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tbs vanilla almond milk or skim
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbs ground flaxseed
  • After above ingredients are mixed together add 1/2 banana (mashed)- mash first, then add
  • Add a handful of fresh or frozen blueberries

Pour into a pan that has been sprayed with olive oil cooking spray and heat on medium. Cook one side until you see the little bubbles just like cooking any pancake. Flip over (careful!) and cook on the other size until the middle is done (peek inside with a fork).

I was really happy I got to use my Swanson loot on this recipe. I used Swanson Ground Flax Seed and Swanson Cinnamon.

Now flipping is not my best kitchen skill, but I don’t mind a misshapen pancake, I’m all about the flavor.

I really loved the flavor of the pancake, and appreciate the protein value of the pancake, but I will add some ground oatmeal next time I make this I just love the fluff that ground oatmeal gives pancakes.

Question of the Day: Blueberry’s or Banana pancakes? 

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So I am so excited to share this recipe. Even thought it’s cold here in Michigan sometimes you just have to have a smoothie.

Just by looking at this picture, you probably don’t see the green specks of goodness, but this smoothie bowl has not one but two types of greens in it.

Keeping Up with Kale Smoothie

  • 1 Cup So Delicious Coconut Milk
  • 1 Scoop Protein Powder
  • 1 Handful Kale
  • 1 Handful Spinach
  • 1/2 Frozen Banana (can also use fresh)
  • 1 Handful Frozen Blueberries (can also use fresh)
  • 1 Tablespoon Milled Flax seed
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil

Side Note: If you use all fresh fruits instead of frozen add an ice-cube or two.

Blend for about a minute and enjoy.

I keep lots of frozen fruits on hand for smoothies. It makes it really convenient to be able to go to the freezer and have a selection of frozen fruits already portioned in snack size bags.

Look at all the specks of goodness. Now I could not taste the kale or spinach, but I felt the texture which I really liked, the flavor that jumped out at me was the nutty flavor from the Organic Milled Flax Seed, it was a perfect addition to this smoothie.

This was my first time adding coconut oil to a smoothie, and it really gave it a silky texture. There are many health benefit’s from coconut oil, but the one that interests me the most is the fact that it is metabolized quickly so it’s used as an energy source rather than being stored as fat. I have also read that it keeps you fuller longer and helps to control sugar cravings. Thanks to my friends over at Swanson Health Products I get to try these items in lots of recipes and explore new flavors.

Rating this smoothie is easy, this is a Keeper. I want to try different fruits next time with the kale and spinach and see if the taste changes.

Question of the day: Greens in your smoothie Yeah or Nay? 

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