Starting Things Right – Banana Walnut Oatmeal with Nutella

 

I've always been a believer in the policy "all good things in moderation". Now if you're thinking that I'm a girl who consistently walks the walk AND talks the talk, I'm afraid I need to give you a serious reality check…I'm a horrible walker. I do have great intentions, though. Occasionally, I even succeed. Like this morning. I set a goal to be lazy and stay in bed until 9:00am. SCORE ONE FOR BOO!

 

One of my 2012 intentions is to get healthier, but I'm truly tired of making promises that I can't keep, so I plan to be more realistic with my goals this year. I'm what some might call "damaged goods". I'll be 48 years old in just a couple of weeks, yet on most days, I feel 65. I have a physical illness and an emotional illness, both of which have taken their toll on my body. At the moment, I barely have the physical strength to climb the flight of stairs in my apartment, but I definitely have the motivation to add some version exercise into my daily routine. I just graduated with a culinary degree, so I definitely know the ins and outs of good nutrition. Putting that knowledge into action in my eating plan will be my next challenge.

I faced the platform of death bathroom scale this morning for the first time in a year. I walked in there with great intentions of being happy despite the results that flashed in front of my eyes. In the words of someone very intelligent who likely weighs in at 110 pounds and looks like a Barbie doll, "Intentions are like loads of dirty laundry…We all have 'em and some of them really stink!" The red LED on my scale flashed a number so high that I instantly bawled like a baby and threw cotton balls at myself in the mirror. It was one of those times that I bet my mirror was grateful there were no sharp or heavy objects within my reach.

So here I go…Day one of living healthier. This year, I want to enrich my mind, feel a little better, and eat healthier. However, I've decided that I will have a much higher rate of success if I don't completely deprive myself of some of the things I love to eat. I'll just eat them in moderation. If you'd like to join me, please feel free. I'll be posting a lot of recipes this year… both healthy and indulgent. Regardless of the recipe, I'm going to start incorporating nutritional information with most of my recipes. It's a very time consuming process, but I think it's worth having the information so that decisions can be made about whether or not to splurge and if so, in what quantity.

So without further ado, it's time for some breakfast! I created this recipe this morning, while trying to figure out how to simultaneously fulfill my hunger and craving for something sweet.

You've likely heard me profess my love for Nutella many times on this blog. It's a creamy nut butter that's made from hazelnuts and cocoa powder. Pure love….pure genius on the part of the Ferrero Company. I can't think of a better treat to add to a bowl of healthy oatmeal. It added a creamy richness and a bit of sweetness that made me feel that I was truly indulging. What's better than that is the fact that it really didn't result in being overly caloric as I thought it might be. I was pleasantly surprised! Please try this and let me know what you think of it!  Here's to yummilicious eating!


Banana Walnut Oatmeal with Nutella

Rating: 51

5 minutes

5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

2 servings

Serving Size: 1 cup cooked (8 oz.)

463

14g

Banana Walnut Oatmeal with Nutella

Healthy oatmeal is turned into an indulgent breakfast treat with the addition of banana, crunchy walnuts, and a touch of hazelnut spread.

WHAT YOU\'LL NEED

  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned or instant)
  • 1 Tablespoon chocolate hazelnut spread (such as Nutella)
  • 1 medium banana (6-7 inches)
  • 1 ounce (2 Tablespoons) toasted walnuts**
  • 1 ounce (2 Tablespoons) firmly-packed light brown sugar

HOW TO MAKE IT

In a medium saucepan, heat milk and salt over medium heat just until it comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low and stir in the oatmeal.

Cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes, until most of the milk is absorbed. (If you use quick-coating oatmeal instead, it will take about 1 minute to cook.)

Remove from the heat and stir in the Nutella.

Spoon the oatmeal into bowls and top with sliced bananas, walnuts and brown sugar.

Notes

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per serving) Serving size: 8 oz. (1 cup)

Calories: 463 Total Fat: 14g Saturated Fat: 2g Total Carbohydrates: 72g Sodium: 196mg Sugars: 36g Fiber: 6g Protein: 15g

** To reduce the calories and fat, you can omit the walnuts. If so, subtract: 92 calories 9g fat (1g saturated) 2g carbohydrates 1g fiber 2g protein

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Comments

  1. says

    Becca! Not only am I a fan of nutella, but I'm a HUGE fan of oatmeal! I eat it all year round! I hope this year is a great one for you. I think you are doing the right things. When I want to make change, I do things in baby steps. And you are smart not to deprive yourself of everything. All things in moderation! I am so looking forward to trying this oatmeal! And look forward to seeing what else you'll be cooking up this year! : )

    • says

      Thanks so much for your nice comments, Anne! I will be sharing my adventure, be it good or bad, and hope you'll stick around to share in my success. Regardless, I will be bringing lots of Yummilicious recipes! :)

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