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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Double Blueberry Chia Oatmeal Recipe

The American breakfast landscape is quickly changing – approximately 80 percent of Americans eat breakfast at home and are on the search for healthier meal options to replace once-popular sugary cereals and juices (NPD Group).

“Making time for a healthy breakfast is a delicious way to jump-start a busy day,” said Beth Nielsen, Chief Culinary Officer of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Inc. “Adding a splash of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas to nutritious morning meals is a great way to impart additional flavor without the extra calories and excess sugar.”

The following tips from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas are simple methods for enhancing the flavor of breakfast staples while maintaining the healthy profile of the original:

* Add a splash of Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract to a pot of oatmeal for subtle richness and smooth vanilla flavor.

* Measure a teaspoon of Nielsen-Massey Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract and blend into smoothies to mellow acidic fruits.

* Sprinkle a pinch of Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Powder in daily cups of coffee for an all-natural flavor alternative.

For a robust meal that keeps energy high during even the most hectic days, prepare the Double Blueberry Chia Oatmeal (recipe below) using Nielsen-Massey’s Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract and Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar. The fresh blueberries add pops of color and antioxidant benefits to the fiber-rich oatmeal.

Double Blueberry Chia Oatmeal Recipe
Yields 4 cups

4 cups whole milk (may substitute with 2% milk)
2½ tablespoons amber agave syrup (nectar)
2 teaspoons Nielsen-Massey Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
1½ cups old fashioned oats
2 tablespoons white chia seeds
⅓ cup dried wild blueberries
1 pint fresh blueberries, rinsed
milk to pour over cooked oatmeal, if desired
2 tablespoons Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar

In a large saucepan, over medium-low heat, add milk, agave syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt; stir to combine. Add oats, chia and dried blueberries; stir to combine. Cook until done, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Serve topped with fresh blueberries, milk and a sprinkle of vanilla sugar.

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