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Strawberries were the star of this dish.

Strawberries were the star of this dish.

By Betty McTraveler

It’s microwaveable, it’s breakfast, and of course, it’s strawberry goodness. In this edition of Pros & Cons, I wanted to make a healthy, tasty and easy recipe for National Nutrition Month, so I decided to make Strawberry Microwave Breakfast Bowl. While it’s a breakfast item, you can have it whenever you need a boost. (I had it for an afternoon snack.) It’s really filling. “Hearty” was the first thing I thought when I tried it. I felt like I was eating something healthy. And it certainly wasn’t a bowl of mush. The strawberries and various grains gave it enough sweetness and complexity to keep it from tasting mealy. And when I cooked it in the microwave it smelled like strawberry cake. I couldn’t wait to try it!

Ingredients:

I used creamy buckwheat instead of buckwheat groats.

I used creamy buckwheat instead of buckwheat groats.

  • 1/4 cup oat bran
  • 2 Tbsp oat flour
  • 2 Tbsp buckwheat groats*
  • 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, diced

*substituted 2 Tbsp creamy buckwheat

Method:

  1. Mix together oat bran, oat flour, creamy buckwheat, flaxseed, baking powder, salt and cinnamon into large coffee mug.
  2. Stir in vanilla, applesauce and almond milk until combined with dry ingredients. Gently stir in diced strawberries.
  3. Place mug in microwave, cover with paper towel and heat on high for 1 1/2 minutes.
  4. Let cool for two or three minutes.

Pros:

  1. I love fresh strawberries. They made the dish rich and sweet.
  2. It’s super filling. Good for breakfast or snack.
  3. Easy to make. It’s made in a microwave.

Cons:

  1. Pricey. Spent about $35 on food but had enough leftover ingredients to make it several times.
  2. Ingredients difficult to find. Supermarket didn’t have buckwheat groats.
Strawberry Microwave Breakfast Bowl

Yum! Strawberry Microwave Breakfast Bowl

Overall, this recipe was really good. I would give it 4 out of 5 stars. A couple changes from the original recipe: I didn’t use a separate dish to cook this in, and I used creamy buckwheat instead of buckwheat groats. If you try it, let me know how it turns out for you by leaving a comment below. For more easy, tasty and fun recipes, follow The Right Solutions on Pinterest. If you have a recipe that you would like me to make, comment below or send an email to info@therightsolutions.com. It might be featured in an upcoming edition of Pros & Cons.

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