I’m about to confess something, and it’s kind of a big deal in the healthy living bloggers’ niche.
I’ve never had a steel cut oat. Not a single one.
In fact, 99% of the time I eat oats, they’re instant. Not even the old-fasioned, rolled oats.
I realize that some of you just trembled a little up on your high horses, so I’ll give you a moment to collect yourselves. Ready, now?
We could get into a whole discussion about why old-fashioned oats trump instant and how steel-cut are even more superior when we consider the importance of eating less-processed, high fiber grains. But frankly, I don’t really care. I like instant oats because I can cook them in the microwave at work without my breakfast exploding all over the place. And I can prove that I always get my daily recommended fiber intake, and then some. (Thank you, Sparkpeople.) I’m quite certain you’ll agree with me that there are far worse things to put in one’s body than plain instant oats.
You know, like flavored packets of instant oats. If you want to talk about why those should be banned from grocery store existence, I’m all for it. Full of sugar and dried bits of stuff that we can’t be sure is even natural, I used to (back when I used to eat these things) need two packets to fill up. Twice the calories, twice the carbs, twice the sugar, and still no protein. Instead, why not start with a blank slate and add some other macronutrients to at least have a chance at being satisfied for a few hours?
These Quick Pumpkin Protein Oats are one of my favorite breakfasts. I certainly go through phases with my oatmeal, sometimes wanting it all the time, and at other times not missing it for weeks. But two things never change. I love pumpkin in my oats, any time of year. And my oats are almost always pumped up with protein powder for extra long-lasting goodness.
Quick Pumpkin Protein Oats
1/3 cup plain instant oats
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 scoop (25gm) Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard, Cake Batter, or vanilla flavored protein powder
1 packet of Truvia All Natural Sweetener, or other sweetener to taste
big dash of pumpkin pie spices
Combine all ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl (or plastic container, to bring with you on the go.) Pour in enough hot water to make it just a little thinner than you prefer to eat it, and mix well. Microwave for 30-60 seconds.
Servings Per Recipe: 1
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 2.7 g
Cholesterol: 25.0 mg
Sodium: 427.6 mg
Total Carbs: 25.2 g
Dietary Fiber: 4.6 g
Protein: 24.8 g