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Eat Well Oct. 4. 2013
Breakfast

Chewy Date Oatmeal & Whipped Almond Butter

Oct. 4. 2013
Breakfast
McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Dietitian, Founder and CEO

If this title doesn’t stimulate your hunger in the morning, I’m not sure will! Chewy Date Oatmeal with Whipped Almond Butter is like your stomach getting a warm hug from your sweet ole’ grandma. I’m a minimalists when it comes to my snack time and dates with almond butter are a go-to in my house. Today I’d like to take this simple snack I love so much and transform it into a more satisfying, warm, and filling breakfast just in time for the cool fall season. Chewy Date Oatmeal & Whipped Almond Butter is full of complex carbohydrates, fiber, simple sugars from the chewy dates, warming spices of cinnamon and nutmeg, and hearty plant protein.

Several weeks ago, I asked the Nutrition Stripped Facebook community what you’d like to see on Nutrition Stripped (recipes, nutrition articles, etc.) and many of you responded with a request for more breakfast ideas other than smoothies. A recent non-smoothie breakfast recipe I recently shared Apple Cinnamon & Pear Amaranth Porridge is a similar fall favorite to this Chewy Date Oatmeal as it shares the flavors of fall in one satisfying bowl.

One of my favorite go-to breakfasts in the fall/winter seasons, after drinking my Stripped Green Smoothie of course, is Chewy Date Oatmeal & Whipped Almond Butter or some other type of porridge like the one mentioned last week. This oatmeal recipe can also be made the night before to make your mornings that much more effortless and chaotic simply by soaking the rolled oats in the almond milk overnight in the refrigerator. You can then add the remaining ingredients to it and stir, heat, or eat cool.

Chewy Date Oatmeal
Recipe Type: breakfast
Author: McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
A oatmeal porridge full of sweet and chewy dates, nutty almond butter, and warm cinnamon spices.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or your choice)
  • 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats, dry
  • 3-4 large pitted dates, quartered and diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg, ground
  • pinch of sea salt
  • drizzle or maple syrup/honey (low sugar option- stevia to taste)
Instructions
  1. Add oatmeal and almond milk together in a bowl.
  2. OPTIONS// microwave oatmeal for 2 minutes, soak overnight in the refrigerator with almond milk (“overnight” oats), or cook on the stove top until soft.
  3. Stir in cinnamon and dates.
  4. Top with Whipped Almond Butter.
  5. Enjoy!
Serving size: 1 Calories: 300 Fat: 6 Carbohydrates: 50 (net 42) Sugar: 18 Fiber: 8 Protein: 9
Notes
Nutrition information is a guideline. This will depend on type of milk used and how many dates.

Toss the prepackaged oatmeal to save money and avoid processed sugars. Simply mix a servings of dry rolled oats with your favorite dried fruit and cinnamon/nutmeg into a snack size bag, make several snack bags to last you throughout the week. When you’re ready to eat, simply add hot water or almond milk and heat. Congratulations, you’ve just made your own oatmeal “packet”, saved money and more importantly saved your body from processed sugars, artificial colorings/preservatives, and possible gluten containing ingredients in the flavor mix (if you’re gluten-free).

This Whipped Almond Butter goes great with any recipe or food you would normally use peanut or almond butter with. Whipped Almond Butter is a great way to decrease the calories and increase the volume, simply by blending and whipping this with a almond milk. It’s light, fluffy, and delicious! Try it as a dip with vegetables, fruits, spread on toast, or purist style- with a spoon.

Whipped Almond Butter
Recipe Type: dip
Author: McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 4-6
A whipped version of almond butter, light, airy and perfect for dolloping onto warm cereals or desserts.
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (or of choice)
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • dash of cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Simply blend in a Vitamix or high speed blender until the mixture becomes whipped and light in texture.
  2. Store in the refrigerator.
  3. Enjoy!
Serving size: 1/4 Calories: 100 Fat: 9 Carbohydrates: 5 (net 2) Sugar: 1 Fiber: 3 Protein: 4
Notes
Nutrition information is for 1/4th of the recipe yield. If you use less than 1/4th per serving, the nutrition information will be decreased.

What is your favorite go-to snack that could be transformed into a meal? Share below and it’s possible it could be the next Readers Pick Recipe!

Have a sweet morning,

xo McKel

The Recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or your choice)
  • 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats, dry
  • 3-4 large pitted dates, quartered and diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg, ground
  • pinch of sea salt
  • drizzle or maple syrup/honey (low sugar option- stevia to taste)

Directions:

  1. Add oatmeal and almond milk together in a bowl.
  2. OPTIONS// microwave oatmeal for 2 minutes, soak overnight in the refrigerator with almond milk (“overnight” oats), or cook on the stove top until soft.
  3. Stir in cinnamon and dates.
  4. Top with Whipped Almond Butter.
  5. Enjoy!

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