When I was little and my mom would bake delicious gingerbread or oatmeal cookies (two of my dad’s favorite desserts), I would always ask for a taste of molasses. She would give me a spoonful and I would pretend that it was my “medicine”. It was light molasses, so it didn’t have the vitamin and mineral benefits of blackstrap, but boy, was it yummy.
Blackstrap molasses, the syrupy liquid left over from the final processing of sugar cane into refined sugar, is a nutritional powerhouse. It contains good amounts of Vitamin B6, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and manganese. Wow. Because the maximum amount of sugar has been extracted from blackstrap molasses, it is not sweet, and may even be slightly bitter, but when added to food, the bitterness is not noticeable.
Imagine this: sitting down to enjoy a bowl of cereal that is fortified naturally, rather than one that says “fortified with added vitamins and minerals” on the box. What a concept! And this Blackstrap Molasses Oatmeal is filling to the max…eat it for breakfast and you may not even need a snack before lunch. Adding nuts gives you a dose of healthy fats, but be aware that they do add calories, so use your own judgement.
Flax seeds are a good source of heart-benefiting Omega-3 essential fatty acids and contain both soluble and insoluble fiber.
It’s common knowledge that bananas are high in potassium, but did you know that they are also good sources of Vitamins C and B6? Bananas also have a natural antacid effect, which may help reduce or relieve acid reflux.
This recipe is for a single serving, but it is easily multiplied for two, four or the whole gang.