2019 is the Year of the Plant
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2019 is the Year of the Plant

Plant-based eating to be exact. Yes, that’s right. Starting in January, Community Education will be offering an introductory class on Plant-based Eating. We’ll explore the why’s, how’s and what’s to eating more plant foods. Research supports a plant based diet to improve heart health, manage diabetes, and maintain a healthy weight. We can all benefit from replacing some of the processed foods we eat with whole-plant foods. If you are looking for a fresh new approach to a healthy diet, or just a simple way to eat more veggies, we will cover it in this 2 hour class. Start your plant based journey by starting out your morning with these fiber and protein packed delicious bake ahead ABB Oatmeal Cups.

Almond Butter Banana Oatmeal Cups, or ABB Cups

Yields 6-8 Oatmeal Cups

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 1 ½ cups soy milk, I prefer organic unsweetened vanilla
  • ¼ cup almond butter, or other nut butter- I prefer crunchy over smooth.
  • 1 large mashed banana
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray. Coat well to allow easy release of baked oat cups.

Add all the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir together. Add all wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well until combined. Using a large spoon or ¼ cup measuring cup, fill muffin tin.

Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 3-5 minutes in tin. Slide knife around edges to help release from the tin then place on a cooling rack. Once cool, store in refrigerator for 3 days or freeze. Warm in microwave for 30 seconds- 1 minute before eating.