Why add black strap molasses to oatmeal? Though molasses is a sweetener, it is actually quite the powerhouse of nutrition. Just 2 tsp of molasses contains:
- 133 mg calcium (13% daily value)
- 67 mg magnesium (21% daily value)
- 0.5 mg iron (3% daily value)
- 300mg potassium (12% daily value)
- .01 mg vitamin B6 (10% daily value)
Do these numbers surprise you as much as they do my clients? Want to boost your energy in the morning and support vitamin levels -switch your sweetener from maple syrup to molasses or honey to molasses!
Molasses is actually the byproduct of turning sugarcane into processed white sugar. Imagine sugarcane being boiled and having all of the nutrients in the plant extracted – leaving a nutritionally empty product, “sugar.” Instead of eating the sugar, try eating the nutritional part of sugar – molasses.
Here’s a super boost twist on traditional oatmeal that incorporates molasses:
Molasses Spiked Chia Oatmeal
Ingredients (serves 1):
1/2 C rolled oats (I use gluten free)
1TBS chia seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
1 – 2 tsp organic blackstrap molasses
chopped nuts or seeds, hemp seeds, dried fruit such as organic raisins or currants
1. Mix all ingredients well.
2. Add hot/boiling water.
3. Cover for 3-5 minutes. Serve after cooling.
Reheat: You can store leftovers in the fridge. When in fridge, the chia will make it all stick together,
just add 1-2 TBS boiling water to make it smoother again. *Note: I often add more
molasses, but start with 1 tsp then you can slowly add more as your family begins to
enjoy the strong taste.