I love oatmeal because it’s filling, warm and hearty. I also love that it made my whole house smell like a crisp Fall day. This recipe caught my eye this morning because I’m in somewhat of a breakfast rut and wanted to mix it up a little. My friend bought me the Oh She Glows cookbook by Angela Liddon for my recent birthday and I was overwhelmed by all the delicious sounding breakfast recipes! I’ve been really loving pear lately and anything with maple and cinnamon is a no brainer. I also wanted to have leftovers for tomorrow mornings breakfast.
I always use real, whole ingredients when I bake, which means that I avoid using any added, refined sugars such as white sugar because it has been undergone a chemical process where the nutrients have been stripped. We all know that sleepy-sluggish feeling after eating cake, cookies or ice cream; that’s the refined sugar causing a rapid rise in blood sugar that could raise your risk of diabetes and other chronic problems. There are no nutrients in refined sugars, so why use them? Instead, opt for whole foods that give your body energy and nutrients. Remember, you are what you eat!
The maple syrup and cinnamon in this recipe are high in antioxidants, are anti-inflammatory and are loaded with vitamins and minerals. The cinnamon adds so much delicious flavor without any added sugar. I am a cinnamon-holic and put it on everything from coffee and toast to curry and sweet potatoes. Because of its naturally sweet taste, adding cinnamon to foods and recipes can help you cut down on your sugar intake. Win!
A little bit of cinnamon goes a long way too. As little as ½ teaspoon of cinnamon daily can have positive effects on blood sugar levels, digestion, and immunity. It is also great for dental and skin health due to its anti-biotic and anti-microbial effects.