Thursday, May 2, 2013

Strawberries + Oats = Crumble or Creamy oatmeal


Because I'm a hoarder and I can't let go of a bargain, I ended up with 4lb of strawberries last week that I bought for about 58cents a pound. I didn't realize it was strawberry season somewhere in the world, but I'm not going to complain about it either. Because I already had strawberry in my cereal and strawberries for dessert every day of the week, I figured it was time to try something new with them. So here you are, a recipe for a seasonal crumble, and a great no cook oatmeal recipe packed with nutrients! 



Strawberry Crumble (serves 6)
2 cus strawberries, sliced
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup all purpose flour (or try using half whole wheat flour)
6 tbs butter, a little warmer than room temp (I microwaved the stick for 20 seconds) 
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbs vanilla extract
1 tbs honey

1. Preheat the oven to 350F. 
2. Toss the strawberries with the cinnamon, vanilla extract, and honey. 
3. In a mixing bowl, mix the butter, brown sugar, flour, and oats until crumbly. (Easier if you get down and dirty with your hands)
4. In a square baking dish (I used an 8x8in), line the bottom with a thin layer of the crumble. 
5. Then spread a layer of the sliced and spiced strawberries on top.
6. Place the rest of the crumble mixture over the strawberries.
7. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. 
8. Serve fresh with greek yogurt, or refrigerate then reheat at 300F for 15-20 minutes. 

✓ fiber
✓ whole grains
✓ Vitamin C
✓ fruit

If you prefer a more Autumnal crumble, check out my apple crisp recipe

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Overnight Oats (serves 2, unless you REALLY like oatmeal...)
⅔ cup rolled oats
¼ cup yogurt
¾ cup 1% milk (try almond or soy milk also)
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 tbs honey

½ cup strawberries, sliced
Optional: nuts, dried fruit, seeds, berries, banana, nut butter, chocolate chips, chia seeds
1. Mix everything together in a bowl.
2. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
3. Top with fresh strawberries or other mix-ins in the morning! 
✓ fiber
✓ whole grains
✓ Vitamin C
✓ low fat dairy

Oatmeal is a great addition to your diet because it is high in fiber, which will keep you more full during the day and really aid in your digestion. This recipe is packed with fiber, calcium, vitamins, and protein, so why not give it a try? 


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