Creamy Oatmeal with Maple Syrup, Bananas and Dates

Prepackaged oatmeal has little nutrition and excess sugar—there is no comparison to homemade oatmeal. This only takes a few minutes to prepare in the morning.

1. Bring the oats and water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the oatmeal is cooked and the liquid has been absorbed.

2. Remove from the heat, add the maple syrup, cinnamon, banana and dates and serve hot.

1 1/3 cups large rolled oats
3 cups water (or low-fat milk)
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
1 banana, sliced
1/3 cup chopped dried dates

Nutritional Analysis per Serving

Calories 136
Protein 3.1 g
Fat 1.4 g
Saturated Fat 0.03 g
Carbohydrates 29 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 3 mg
Fiber 3.4 g

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Serves 6

Nutrition Watch: Bananas are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, potassium and manganese, and a very good source of vitamin B6.