Friday, January 11, 2013

Goodbye Oats, Hello Peanut Butter Quinoa Porridge

peanut butter quinoa porridge, peanuts, quinoa flakes, cinnamon

I recently discovered that I feel a whole lot better when I don't eat oats. Oats are supposed to be fine for people with fructose malabsorption and I love them, so I've always eaten them. However, I was eating my Vanilla Cinnamon Quinoa Pancakes instead of oatmeal for several days in a row last month, and realized how much better I felt. My digestive system was quiet for once. No gurgling, bubbling or cramping. Just blissfully quiet. I haven't eaten oats since. I'm not sure what it is about them, whether it's the gluten or gluten-like protein they contain, or if they are simply too high in fiber. I was already feeling pretty good, but now I feel even better. Goodbye oats. Sigh.....

I'm so sad that I can't eat oats, but fortunately I have an alternative in quinoa flakes. I came across a recipe on Pinterest for peanut butter oatmeal and decided to give it a try with quinoa. It's delicious and something different than my usual. The peanut butter adds a little extra protein and satiating fat and the cinnamon sweetens it up (peanut butter and cinnamon - who knew?). You could add a little sweetener (like dextrose) if you like. I like it because I'm not so hungry after my morning workout. I eat a bowl of peanut butter quiona porridge, then do my workout, and I find that I'm not ravenously starving afterwards. When I'm ravenously starving, there's no telling what I might end up eating!


peanut butter quinoa porridge, peanuts, quinoa flakes, cinnamon
Peanut Butter Quinoa Porridge
serves 1

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Ingredients

1/3 cup quinoa flakes
1 cup water or milk
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
sweetener to taste (use dextrose for low-fructose)


Directions

In a microwave-safe bowl combine the quinoa flakes and water or milk. Microwave on high 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally until thickened. Stir in peanut butter, cinnamon and sweetener if desired. Eat!

7 comments:

  1. Finally found some quinoa flakes and tried it this morning - it was great! I'm not a big oatmeal fan, and I like the consistency of this better.

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    1. I'm glad you like it! I think it's a really healthy alternative to oatmeal.

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  3. This recipe looks great! I've had quinoa porridge before and didn't really like it, but I think I should give it another go. What sort of peanut butter do you use? I just have the natural, no added salt or sugar stuff.

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    1. I use Smucker's Natural creamy peanut butter. No sugar, but a little salt added. Hope you like the porridge!

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  4. How many calories are in this meal?

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    1. I would guess around 200 to 300 calories, depending on what kind of milk you use.

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