Carob-Spiced Banana Flax Oatmeal

Carob-Spiced Banana Flax Oatmeal

Oatmeal is the perfect hearty breakfast or morning snack for a cool autumn day. The variations are limitless, whether your making the original recipe or incorporating oatmeal in a smoothie or casserole.

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I can’t count how many different ingredients I’ve combined in my oatmeal recipes; carrots, applesauce, coconut and pineapple, quinoa and apple, coconut, banana and almond butter, pumpkin pie, strawberries…and not to mention, a handful of yet-to-be-published recipes!

I have to say one of my all-time favourite combos however, is banana and carob. (I’m hooked on this combo-I really think I need a carobvention!!).  And why not throw some flax in there for good measure…and for a healthy does of Omega-3’s!

Carob is a great substitute for cocoa because it’s caffeine-free and has a delicious chocolate-caramel flavour, which works wonders for this oatmeal!

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Ingredients
(Yields 1 cup)

1 cup distilled water (if you do not want a porridgy oatmeal use 3/4 cup)
1/4 cup instant oats
2 tbs. plain full-fat Greek yogurt
1/2 large ripe banana, mashed or chopped into cubes
1/2 tsp. carob powder
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. ground flax seed
1/8 cup golden raisins (optional-pre-soaked for 5 minutes to soften)

Maple syrup, quantity as desired (for babies 12+ months)

Bring water to a boil on medium-high in a medium saucepan.

Once boiling, add all the ingredients (except for the banana and yogurt) and immediately reduce the heat to medium low.  Cook for about 5-7 minutes or until the oatmeal has thickened.

Once thickened, take off the heat and stir in the yogurt and banana (and raisins, if desired).

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If you have any leftovers this recipe freezes well too.  Just add some milk or water when reheating to get back that smooth, creamy consistency.

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Garnish with softened golden raisins for added texture.

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Carob-Spiced Banana Flax Oatmeal

Oatmeal is the perfect hearty breakfast or morning snack for a cool autumn day. The variations are limitless, whether your making the original recipe or incorporating oatmeal in a smoothie or casserole. I can’t count how many different ingredients I’ve combined in my oatmeal recipes; carrots, applesauce, coconut and pineapple, quinoa and apple, coconut, banana and …

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