Easy and Simple Banana Maple & Walnut Oats

So good! 

So good! 

Lately, I have been watching what I eat and counting calories (sigh) and I have been trying to focus on eating healthy, low-calorie whole foods that are nutritious and filling without sacrificing taste. 

This oatmeal recipe fits the bill and I've been eating it almost everyday for the past month. I'm actually quite surprised that I haven't gotten sick of it yet!

This oatmeal recipe comes in just under ~400 calories, is nutritious and it's super filling. Sometimes I even feel like I can skip lunch after eating a bowl of this in the morning. 

It's also very simple to make and FAST. All you need is about 3 mins to microwave, then you're good to go. 

I typically use maple syrup to sweeten but you can use honey as well. I usually only use one tablespoon to keep the calorie count in check, but if you want it sweeter, you can add more! 

You could also add some berries (blueberries would be so good!) to add variety and sweetness as well. 

Here's the recipe:

  • 1/2 cups rolled or instant oats (I like this kind)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 dash of salt
  • 1 tbs maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1/8 cup of chopped walnuts (or pecans)
  • 1 small to medium banana, peeled and sliced

Directions:

Prepare the oats according to package instructions. I usually mix in the water, add a dash of salt, and then pop mine in the microwave for about 3 minutes. Do make sure that you put it in a deep bowl or just watch the microwave to make sure that the oats don't boil over (because then you'll be late for work cleaning up the mess! ha)

Once the oats are cooked, mix in the maple syrup, walnuts and lay the banana slices on top. 

Voila! You have a nutritious, easy and delicious breakfast.