Let’s face it, we all love desserts! Don’t we all have a craving for a satisfying treat in the evening after a long day? The problem is if you are trying to be healthy and sugar-free, dessert just doesn’t fit into the equation.
After opening my eyes to all the health consequences of sugar, I decided to eliminate all processed refined sugar from my diet. I am surprised by how my cravings for sugar have decreased and my palate has changed. However, I still felt like I needed some sort of healthy treat at the end of the day.
One night I was desperate for something sweet and decided to have my favorite oatmeal combination. I was pleasantly surprised by how satisfying it was. It had just enough natural sweetness to satisfy my sweet craving and it was warm and comforting to my tummy. I realized then that it was as satisfying as an ice cream sundae. So now I consider it my oatmeal sundae.
When I make this, I like to put it in a special bowl to make it feel like an extra special treat. This mint green pedestal bowl, I found in a clearance section at Marshall’s for $3.00. I have a few other small vintage pressed glass bowls I found at a recycle shop that I also like to use. My regular everyday bowls are too big so I like to have a few miscellaneous small bowls around to help with portion control and to trick my brain into thinking I am having a nice full bowl of something to eat.
Overcoming my past oatmeal making disasters
I know this may seem weird to some, but until this past year, I never had much success in making oatmeal. Thankfully, my oldest daughter and her husband lived with us over the summer and she showed me how to make oatmeal her way. I couldn’t believe how easy it was and how delicious it could be without all the extra calories and sugar I was adding to it in order to make it what I perceived to be more palatable.
For some reason I thought making oatmeal with just water sounded horrible so I always tried making it with milk. Whenever I tried this on the stovetop or microwave it resulted in a disastrous mess from the milk boiling over. It tasted slimy and gross as well. Also, I thought I needed to add butter and brown sugar to make it more bearable to eat. So the result was I just gave up on the idea of ever eating oatmeal. That is until I learned how to make it my daughter’s way. Now it has become my favorite treat.
The Surprising Health Benefits of my Sugar-Free and Satisfying Oatmeal Dessert
Did you know that oats are one of the healthiest grains on earth? They are also one of most nutrient-dense foods you can eat. They are high in fiber and gluten-free!* Yay!
The many health benefits of oats
- they help you become regular (my husband eats them every night before bed for this reason)
- they help lower blood pressure
- they help lower cholesterol levels
- they lower blood sugar levels
- they increase the growth of good bacteria in your gut
- they help with weight loss since they increase fullness and satiety
- they are rich in antioxidants
- they can help alleviate anxiety and stress by balancing cortisol levels and by containing all the B Vitamins
- they can help you sleep better since it is a natural source of melatonin
Note: For sleep, adding milk (Vitamin D and Tryptophan), bananas (Potassium and Magnesium) and mixed nuts (Omega 3’s) to your oatmeal will help increase sleepiness.
How to Make My Sugar-Free and Satisfying Oatmeal Dessert
- 1/3 cup of Gluten-Free Oats (*Even though oats are already gluten free, you need to buy “gluten-free” oats to ensure there are no traces of gluten from the processing facility)
- 2/3 cup of Filtered Water
- 1/2 Banana
- 1/4 cup Mixed Nuts & Cranberries
- 1 Tablespoon Dried Coconut Chips
- 1 Teaspoon Hemp Hearts
- 1/4 cup of Goat Milk (This is what I use because I am sensitive to dairy but Goat Milk doesn’t bother me)
- In a small pan, add the oats and water and turn the stove top up to medium heat.
- Bring to a boil and stir until thickened.
- Put the cooked oatmeal into your favorite bowl.
- Slice 1/2 of a banana and place on top of the oatmeal.
- Add the mixed nuts and coconut shavings.
- Add the goat milk around the edges of the bowl.
I hope you enjoy this wonderfully satisfying, nutritionally packed treat with all the health benefits it will provide you.
Give this a try and let me know what you think. Also, let me know if there is anything you would add or do differently. Share your thoughts in the comments.
Wishing you Joy in your journey,
This is a sugar-free and satisfying oatmeal dessert with some amazing health benefits.
- 1/3 cup Gluten Free Oats
- 2/3 cup Water
- 1/2 Banana
- 1/4 cup Mixed nuts with cranberries
- 1 tbsp Coconut Flakes
- 1 tsp hemp seeds
- 1/8 cup Goat milk or any milk you choose
Cook oats and water on stovetop in small saucepan. Bring to boil and then reduce heat. Stir until thickened. Add to a small bowl. Top with 1/2 thinly sliced bananas. Top with mixed nuts, coconut flakes and hemp seeds. Drizzle the milk around the edge of the bowl. Enjoy!
Nutritional Facts: 336 Calories, 19.9g Fat, 3.2g Cholesterol, 16.3mg Sodium, 300.2mg Potassium, 33.4g Carbohydrates, 5.8g Dietary Fiber, 7.6g Sugars, 9.6 g Protein, .8% Vitamin A, 6.6% Calcium, 14.4% Iron
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