My 5 year old son is OBSESSED with Star Wars. Obsessed is putting it mildly if we’re being completely honest here. Every waking moment is spent talking, playing, drawing, and thinking about Star Wars complete with sound effects, impressions, and “Force Chokes.” What can I say, the kid knows what he likes, and he likes STAR WARS!!! (If you know him in person, you just read that in his voice, didn’t you?).
Naturally, when you have a child obsessed with something, you do your best as a parent to complete the psychosis cater to their interest. So Yoda Oatmeal was born. Slightly sweet and very hearty like traditional apple cinnamon oatmeal, Yoda Oatmeal also contains a serving of spinach to create the vibrant green color without changing the flavor. What parent doesn’t love sneaking in an extra serving of dark leafy greens into a dish? Oh, just me? Oh well.
I told my son that while he was sleeping, Yoda came in and touched the oatmeal with his green light saber and that’s why the color changed! I don’t think he believed me, but he ate 3 full bowls anyway!
This recipe makes a small amount, so I recommend doubling or tripling it. The leftovers will keep well in the fridge for a quick heat-and-eat breakfast all week long.
Will this green oatmeal grant you The Force? Probably not, but it does have some awesome health benefits! Let’s take a look.
Spinach: High in iron and vitamin k, spinach is excellent for bone and blood health. More than a dozen different flavonoid compounds in spinach have been identified as anti-inflammatories and cancer preventatives. It also contains 5 grams of protein per cup and tons of vitamin c.
Oats: Especially high in a type of fiber called beta-glucan, oats are widely known to help lower LDL or bad cholesterol. Lab results also link beta-glucan to enhanced immune system response to bacterial infections. This specific type of fiber found in oats has also been proven to stabilize blood sugar and substantially lower the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
Ready to cook, you are? Begin, we shall!
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal with Spinach (aka Yoda Oatmeal)
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
- ¾ cup water (not pictured)
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- 1 granny smith apple, diced or grated (your choice!)
- 1 TBS 100% pure maple syrup (plus more for serving)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- optional toppings: shredded coconut, Hemp Hearts, ground flaxseed, fresh or fozen fruit, etc.
- In a blender, blend the spinach with the non-dairy milk until smooth
- In a small pot over medium heat, add the oats, spinach milk, water, diced/shredded apple, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt. Stir to combine.
- Cook for approximately 8-10 minutes to your desired thickness, stirring consistently to keep the oatmeal from sticking to the pot.
Garnish with your choice of toppings. Serves 2.
Do you love Star Wars? Or oatmeal? Or both?! Leave your comments below!
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