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Friday, August 27, 2010

Breakfast Cobbler: A Healthy, Sweet Brekkie Treat

This is such a quick, healthy, and delicious breakfast.  Use any fruits in season.  I chose nectarine, blueberries, and bananas.  Peach would be just as would pear, apricot, raspberries, or whatever your fave fruits are.  You'll need:

a small food processor (i think my mini cuisinart was about $ holds only about 2 cups of food, and i use it only for small jobs)
2 Tbsp oats (i prefer to use bob's red mill Gluten Free Oats)
2 Tbsp nuts (in this recipe i used walnuts for their omega 3's, but almonds are just as good)
(You could also choose to do 3 tbsp oats to 1 tbsp nuts - this will cut out about 5 grams of fat)
Cinnamon (to your liking, i put in quite a few dashes)
Sea Salt (just a tiny pinch)
Agave (a few drizzles - only about 1/2 to a full teaspoon)

Toss the oats, nuts, cinnamon, and tiny pinch of sea salt into your mini Food Processor.  Give it quite a few pulses until the contents are ground down to a course sand.  Drizzle in a little agave and pulse a few more times.  Do this last step only enough times so that your sand begins to make little clumps.  Here is your crumble for your cobbler.

Chop all of the fruit and add it to a bowl (i used 1/2 a banana, 1 nectarine, and a handful of blueberries), top with the crumble, and optionally a milk alternative.  MMMMMMM

When i make this as a dessert i often make a little additional crumble (and/or change the ratio of oats to nuts from 1:1 to 1:3) and use a single fruit (like apricots) without the additional milk alternative.  When i eat this as a brekkie, i give myself a hearty portion of fruit and sprinkle it only with the amount in the recipe above to be topped with rice milk.

As pictured without rice milk, this big bowl of brekkie has about 300 calories, 10 grams of fat, and 5 grams of fiber.  Add 1/2 cup of rice milk and you're looking at a total of about 360 cal, 11.5 grams fat, and 6 grams of fiber.   If you wanted to drop the fat content you could use only 1 tbsp of nuts to 3 tbsp of oats, or take the nuts out completely.  This would be just as great with sunflower or pumpkin seeds or dried coconut shreds instead of nuts if you have a nut allergy.

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