Five Minute Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal + Giveaway Winner

The winner of the Lucini Italia prize pack giveaway is...

Barbara Peters, who says her favorite Italian dish is Pizza! Congrats Barbara! Please send me an email at theavidappetite@gmail.com with your address and your pack of gourmet Italian goodies will be sent to you! And thanks to everyone who entered! Stay tuned next week for another great giveaway!

Meanwhile, I've been cooking up quite the fabulous breakfast this week.

After continuing to hit the gym 4 out of 5 weekday mornings this week (a new record for me, for sure), I realized that it's imperative to have a delicious and filling breakfast following a workout sesh. Though I whipped up some breakfast quinoa last week, when my supply ran low, it was time to ravage the pantry in search of an appropriate breakfast ingredient. And when I came across a large container of quick oats that I had purchased many moons ago to make monster cookies, I knew I'd found the makings of a quick and easy dish. (oh, and bonus that it wasn't set to expire until December!).

Five Minute Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal
1 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk, or milk of your choice
½ C quick oats
pinch of salt
dash of cinnamon
Swirl of maple syrup (this is obviously a technical unit of measure)

In a saucepan, bring the milk and salt to a boil. Add the oats and cook on medium heat for about 1 minute, stirring occasionally.

Pour into a bowl, add cinnamon and syrup to taste and enjoy immediately. 

Note: the oats continue to absorb the milk even after you’ve taken it off the heat. If it gets to dry, mix in another splash of milk.

So there you have it, a super easy, filling and healthy breakfast, perfect for those post-gym days! The vanilla almond milk gives just a bit of sweetness and a whole lot of added flavor and the texture is more sophisticated than one of those instant packets.

So what do you think? How do you do quick and healthy breakfast? Please share since I'm always looking for new ideas!