My little cousin came to visit a few weeks ago and lamented we didn't have any good snacks. I don't know what she's talking about. We have plenty of fruits, raisins, nuts, and oatmeal. On second thought, maybe she has a point...
Dessert and snacks are difficult to find in this house during normal circumstances, even more so now that we're in the middle of our 60-day workout program. We always try to eat healthy during the week, but on the weekends, all bets are off. I think it's one of the reasons I like to entertain as much as I do. Entertaining is a great reason to make some decadent dishes sans the guilt.
Since we agreed not to entertain over the next 60 days (at least not in our normal, excessive ways,) I haven't done any baking since Memorial Day. I was starting to get the itch for a little treat when I received an e-mail from Beachbody.com, the distributor for the Insanity Program. The e-mail featured a "delicious, guilt-free dessert that combines the healthy goodness of steel-cut oats with sweet, antioxidant-rich blueberries." I wouldn't consider this a real dessert, but it was just the treat I was looking for to get me to the weekend. I wrote the original recipe below, although when I make this again, I'll add a pinch of salt.
Blueberry Buckle Recipe
Yields: 4 servings
1-1/3 c steel-cut oats
1 c fresh blueberries
2 Tbsp slivered almonds
1 tsp cinnamon
1 c water
Optional: honey, stevia, or raw sugar to taste
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Combine all ingredients in a small baking dish or large ramekin. Bake for 20 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.
3. ALTERNATIVELY - Microwave on High for 1-1/2 minutes. (I didn't try this, but according to the recipe, it can be done.)