An Easy and Nutritious Pot of Oats

Mornings are hectic for many families. Between getting out the door to school on weekdays and extra-curriculars on weekends, finding the time to cook and eat breakfast can be a challenge. A national poll of Canadian family breakfast habits, recently found that half of Canadian families (49%) spend less than 10 minutes preparing breakfast, while more than half (60%) spend less than 15 minutes eating it. So, to make the most of that tight time window, and take utmost advantage of the most important meal of the day, quick options are a must.

Realizing that time and convenience are key to the solution, the Canadian Living magazine test kitchen, partnering with Minute Maid, has created a “make ahead and forget about it” breakfast recipe that is sure to become a family staple.

Slow Cooker Peaches 'n' Cream Oatmeal

Hands-on time: 5 minutes

Total time: 6 hours

Makes 6 to 8 servings

1 1/3 cups steel-cut oats

3/4 tsp salt

3 tbsp packed brown sugar

1 tsp ground ginger

2 cups Minute Maid Chilled Peach Juice Beverage

1 cup milk

1 cup water

1 tbsp vanilla

2 cups frozen peaches

milk or cream (optional)

Lightly grease inside of slow cooker. Add oats, salt, sugar, ginger, juice beverage, milk, water, vanilla and peaches; stir together. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. If needed, set slow cooker to keep oatmeal warm until ready to enjoy. Spoon into bowls; drizzle with milk if desired.

PER 1 SERVING, RECIPE MAKES 8 SERVINGS: about 144 cal, 4 g pro, 2 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 30 g carb (2 g dietary fibre, 19 g sugar), 2 mg chol, 237 mg sodium, 203 mg potassium. % RDI: 5% calcium, 7% iron, 3% vit A, 22% vit C, 2% folate.

More information and additional breakfast recipes can be found online at MinuteMaid.ca.

The Author:  www.newscanada.com

Photo Credit: NewsCanada

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