Simple Oatmeal Cereal
As a runner, I was looking for a nut free, low sugar, minimally processed cold cereal to serve as breakfast before a run or as a carbohydrate rich bedtime snack. I am allergic to nuts and it was incredibly to find a store bought cereal that met my requirements. I also wanted a simple recipe that would be quick enough to eat before work, but would provide me lasting energy for a lunchtime workout. The oatmeal used in this recipe are old fashioned, so they are thicker cut and provide a steady stream of energy, rather than a quick blood sugar boost. I started doing some research online, and I found one that included old fashioned oats – just oats. I decided to see what I could do with oatmeal.
4 cups of old fashioned oats
1 cup toasted wheat germ (for a little extra vitamin boost) – optional
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup real maple syrup
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine oats and wheat germ in large bowl, add cinnamon. Once mixed, add maple syrup, vanilla, and canola oil. Blend until all oats are covered.
Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cover with oat mixture into an even layer. Bake for 10-12 minutes, remove from oven, toss, and bake for another 12 minutes.
Let cool completely, then store in air tight container.
Variations: Use as granola to top yogurt.
Add fresh berries to eat as a cold cereal.
Or add dried fruit (my husband loves his raisins in this)!
Lisa Schmidt is from Oswego, New York, but currently resides in South Abington Township. She moved to Northeastern Pennsylvania in 2006 to obtain her Masters degree in Nutrition from Marywood University. Most notably, she was an intern at the Sport Science Institute of South Africa, working closely with the "OptiFit Run" program, designed by South African running legend and exercise researcher Tim Noakes. At the Sports Science Institute, she was able to participate in group runs in Cape Town, South Africa, and assist with the recruitment process into the program. After graduation, she obtained her Group Fitness and Pilates certifications. She is involved with a local running club, training for various races in the area. She has completed 3 half marathons and Steamtown Marathon in 2015. Her passions include teaching exercise classes, researching new vegetarian recipes, and supporting Golden Retriever Rescue.