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A piping hot bowl of oatmeal is one of my families’ favorite breakfasts.
I love serving oats not only because my family loves them, but also because they are so healthy. From helping to reduce the likelihood of heart disease to fueling cognitive brain function, oats are a great choice.
In the article “Is Oatmeal Good for the Brain”, Linda Tarr Kent spells out some impressive reasons for adding oatmeal to your diet. For example, this food “provides a slow and steady rise in blood sugar that is long-lasting, which leads to several hours of sustained brain power.” With a houseful of young students, I am beginning to serve oats more often. And this is especially beneficial to my dyslexic children who can use the extra mental boost to help with focus.
For more reasons to use oats from Ms. Kent, read the full article here: Is Oatmeal Good for Your Brain
After my research, I was inspired and decided to try my hand at an oatmeal coffee cake. What I ended up with has become my husband’s favorite coffee cake yet as well as a favorite when we have company over. This is a great recipe for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner – you get the idea. And a huge plus to this recipe is that it also contains more brain rich foods like chia seeds, cinnamon, and almonds. So, mentally power up with this great cinnamon oatmeal coffee cake recipe.
Easy Cinnamon Oatmeal Coffee Cake
2 Cups unbleached self-rising flour
1 Cup Old Fashioned Oats
¾ Cup Brown sugar
¼ Cup ground chia seeds (optional)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Cup milk
1 stick melted butter
1 Cup shredded coconut
½ Cup slivered raw almonds
½ Cup brown Sugar
3 Tbs melted Butter
3 Tbs Heavy Cream (can be substituted with milk or half and half)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9” x 13” pan with cooking spray. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix to distribute oats and cinnamon. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined. Pour into pan and bake on the middle shelf for 30 minutes or until done. While the cake bakes, prepare the topping. Combine all of the ingredients and mix thoroughly. Remove cooked cake from oven and preheat the oven to broil. Spread the topping over the cake evenly and return to the middle rack for another 5 minutes. If your oven runs hot you may wish to keep an eye on the cake to prevent the topping from burning. Remove from oven when the topping is browned and bubbling. Serve with a fruit salad of berries and cream for a tasty brunch. Enjoy!
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Robin Liner is a wife, and veteran homeschool mom with over twenty years experience. She has written two picture books and actively blogs about homeschooling with an emphasis on teaching dyslexic children at crazygoodreaders.wordpress.com. and athomewithdyslexia.com Feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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