Friday, January 11, 2013
Goodbye Oats, Hello Peanut Butter Quinoa Porridge
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
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)
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!