Holy smokes, it has been giveaway city here on the blog lately! The winner of last week’s Simply Protein Whey Bars is Sheelagh (I’ll be contacting you shortly) but if you didn’t win, don’t be sad – I’ve got one more for you. Yep, 3 giveaways within 7 days! What can I say… I’m a giver. 😉
The results of my recent allergy tests suggested that I have sensitivities to gluten and wheat, which wasn’t really news to me since I’ve noticed for a while now that eating foods containing gluten tend to make me feel a bit sluggish. While I didn’t eat a ton of these foods prior to getting these results, I know that transitioning to a gluten free lifestyle can be a little overwhelming for some. Luckily, there are now a lot more gluten-free grocery products, and they’re more affordable than they were 10 years ago.
While a large number of gluten-free items that you’ll find at the grocery store are full of fillers and not-so-good for you ingredients, there are also some great healthy choices. When it comes to oats (which are naturally gluten free but are often cross-contaminated during processing) brands like Love Grown Foods, GF Harvest, Bob’s Red Mill and others listed here have certified gluten free ones.
I reviewed Love Grown Foods’ Super Oats about a month ago, and they’ve got more to offer than your average bag of oatmeal. This new mix contains chia seeds, almonds, quinoa, amaranth, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and flaxseed, and absolutely no sweeteners. I’ve been using mine for several breakfast creations lately, including these three recipes that I’m excited to share with you today!
Peanut Butter & Banana Oatmeal
Prep Time: 2 mins
Cook Time: 4 mins
Ingredients (1 serving)
- 1/2 cup certified gluten-free oats
- 1/2 very ripe banana, mashed
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or hemp milk (plus a little more if you prefer a thinner consistency)
- 2 tsp ground flaxseed (optional)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- stevia, to taste (optional)
- additional banana slices and chopped walnuts to garnish
- Combine all ingredients except for toppings in a small saucepan. Place it on the stove over medium-high heat for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Reduce heat to low. Continue stirring, adding in a little stevia to taste if you like.
- Pour the oatmeal into a bowl and top with additional banana slices and walnuts.
- Serve immediately.
If pumpkin’s more your thing, give this version a try:
Vanilla Pumpkin Oatmeal
Prep Time: 3 mins
Cook Time: 4 mins
Ingredients (1 serving)
- 1/3 cup oats (gluten free if necessary)
- 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 packet of stevia, to sweeten if desired
- Optional topping: 1 tbsp dried fruit and nuts, such as pepitas, pecans, and dried cranberries
- Pour oats, almond milk, and vanilla into a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 2 minutes.
- Turn heat to low and stir in the pumpkin, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and stevia. Continue to cook until the entire mixture is hot, adding a little additional almond milk if desired.
- Transfer the oat mixture to a bowl and sprinkle dried fruit, nuts, and seeds on top.
And lastly, if hot oats aren’t really your thing, don’t you worry. I’ve got granola for you instead! (Note that this recipe works better with traditional rolled oats than with instant oatmeal.)
Cinnamon Raisin Granola
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Ingredients (About 5 cups)
- 1 cup raisins
- 4 cups rolled oats, gluten free if necessary
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- 4 packets stevia
- 3 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3 tbsp mixed hemp seeds, chia seeds and ground flax
- 1/4 tsp each allspice and cardamom
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Measure out the raisins and set them aside.
- Oil a large baking sheet or line it with parchment paper for easy clean up.
- In a big bowl, mix together the oats, almonds, stevia, cinnamon, seed mixture, allspice and cardamom.
- In a small pot, melt the coconut oil on the stove. Add in the apple sauce, maple syrup, and vanilla and whisk constantly until the mixture becomes runny. This should take about 1 minute over medium heat once the burner is hot. (Heating the wet ingredients will help to ensure they coat the dry ingredients more easily.)
- Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredient bowl, and stir well, coating as evenly as possible.
- Pour the entire contents of the bowl onto the baking sheet. Use a spatula to make an even layer.
- Bake for 20 minutes, then remove the pan from the oven. Use a flipper to break up any large chunks and continue baking for another 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- After 35-40 minutes, the granola may still be a bit soft. Transfer it back to a large bowl and stir in the raisins. Allow it to sit on the counter until completely cool. At this point, the granola should also be much more crunchy. Store in air-tight glass jars or containers for up to 4 weeks.
If all of these recipes have got you dreaming up new delicious oat creations, I’d like to set you up with some oats to help make them a reality! The winner will receive a bag of Nuts & Seeds Super Oats, as well as a bag of Simply Pure Super Oats.
Ways to enter:
- Mandatory: Comment below telling me what your ideal bowl of oatmeal would contain. It could be anything – nuts, seeds, fruit, chocolate, peanut butter, pumpkin – whatever you fancy!
- Bonus: Follow my Oatmeal Fantasies board on Pinterest, where you’ll find a whole bunch of healthy oatmeal recipes
- Bonus: Follow @eatspinrunrpt and @LoveGrownFoods on Twitter
- Bonus: Follow Eat Spin Run Repeat and Love Grown Foods on Facebook
This giveaway is open to Canadian and US residents. You have until this Thursday November 7th at midnight EST to enter, and I’ll announce the winner on Friday morning.
Good luck, and I’ll see ya back here on Wednesday!