Homemade Oatmeal Breakfast Cereal

April25

At the advice of my doctor, I have started taking a medication to reduce my cholesterol.  Subsequently, my dose has been reduced by half as I have been suffering from one of the known side effects-that of muscle pain.  In the mean time, I have stepped up my efforts to reduce my cholesterol naturally through diet.  The first step was eliminating the foods that may be harmful to my levels and making a list of those foods that are known cholesterol fighters.  In addition to kidney beans, pears, grapes, citrus fruits, blueberries, tomatoes, eggplant, nuts, halibut and flaxseed, I found that oatmeal, oat bran, apples, almonds and canola oil were on the list of healthy foods.

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I clearly remember when I was a little girl and my Mom would make what she called Browned Betty (apple crisp) for dessert, she would allow me to have some with warmed milk the next day for breakfast. I loved the treat, especially the oatmeal topping and thought that if I could find a way to duplicate that taste, eating oatmeal everyday would not be such a bad thing.

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So I have formulated this delicious pseudo “Brown Betty” recipe that incorporates oatmeal, oat bran, apples, almonds and canola oil into one healthy little breakfast bowl.  Once a batch is made up, I keep it in the freezer.  When it is breakfast time (usually about 10 am for me), I put a healthy handful into a bowl with some milk and mic it for 45 seconds or so.

Homemade Oatmeal Breakfast Cereal
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Ingredients
  • 3 c quick-cooking oatmeal
  • 1⅓ c whole wheat flour
  • ⅔ c oat bran
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 1 t baking powder
  • ½ t salt
  • ⅔ c canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 t vanilla
  • ½ c brown sugar substitute
  • 1 large Macintosh apple, unpeeled and coarsely chopped
  • ½ c slivered almonds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients (except sugar) and set aside.
  3. Combine canola oil, egg, vanilla and brown sugar together.
  4. Add wet mixture to dry and stir until blended.
  5. Spray a sided 13" x 18" cookie sheet with canola spray.
  6. Dump the contents of the bowl onto the sheet.
  7. Spread out evenly.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes.
  9. Cool and place in a zip loc bag to freeze.
  10. Upon serving, place desired serving in a small bowl with milk.
  11. Microwave on high for 1 minute.

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Kath’s quote: “You have to eat oatmeal or you’ll dry up. Anybody knows that.”-Kay Thompson, author of ‘Eloise’

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Love-that is all.

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