I have been making oatmeal for as far back as I can remember! It is a breakfast that makes my tummy smile 🙂 It is warm, creamy, filling and energizing! And you can top it off with some of your favorite goodies; such as fresh fruit, coconut flakes, crunchy granola, chocolate chips, Honey, and much more!
Lets look at some of the health benefits of oatmeal:
- a slow releasing complex carbohydrate that helps sustain your energy levels throughout the morning
- stabilizes and slowly raises blood sugar levels (instead of spiking), so that you feel fueled for a longer duration and there is no crash afterwards
- Lowers cholesterol
- Prevents heart disease
- Boosts serotonin – preventing depression, especially during the winter months!
- High in fiber
- High in protein
- Low Sugar
So, with all these amazing benefits go ahead and make yourself a warm bowl! I have shared with you my perfected, energy packed oatmeal recipe!
Melly’s Breakfast Fueling Oatmeal Recipe
- ½ cup of gluten free rolled oats (I like the thick oats, but you can use any) I use ‘Bob’s Red Mill’
- ½ cup of cashew, almond or coconut milk (or any milk of your choice) I use ‘Earths Own’
- ½ cup of coconut water
- Dash of cinnamon
- Dash of vanilla extract
- Optional: 1 HEAPING teaspoon of Almond, Peanut, Cashew or Pumpkin Seed Butter
- 1 Teaspoon Chia Seeds or ground Flax Seeds
- 1 TBSP Gluten Free Granola for crunch
- 1/2 Banana or Mango sliced (or any fruit of your choice)
- 1TBSP Yogurt or Cottage Cheese (I used Yoso, both dairy free)
- Optional: tiny drizzle of Honey, sprinkle of bee pollen and some Coconut Flakes
Extra Protein: if you are eating it after a workout or simply want more protein, you can add:
- ½-1 scoop of preferred protein powder, OR
- add ½ – 1 scoop of collagen powder
- In a small saucepan, add oats, milk, coconut water, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Put on high heat and bring to a light boil. Once it starts to bubble, lower the heat to simmer. Stir it a few times until the liquid is almost fully absorbed.
- Add the nut butter and stir it in the oats.
- Once nut butter has blended in nicely, it should be a thicker consistency. Turn off the heat and take the pot off the heat. (If it is too thick you can add a little more milk/coconut water and if too liquid-y leave on heat a little bit longer)
- POUR into your favorite bowl 😊
Now for the fun part! You can top with all your favorite goodies, but be mindful of portion size and not to pack on too much sugar. These are my toppings, but I change it up every week!
- 1 Teaspoon Chia seeds or ground Flax Seeds
- 1 TBSP Gluten free granola for crunch (I use Love Grown)
- 1/2 banana – sliced (or any fruit of choice)
- 1TBSP Yogurt or Cottage Cheese (I used Yoso)
- Sprinkle of bee pollen (boosts immunity)
- Optional: add a tiny drizzle of honey and some coconut flakes
Enjoy – Your tummy will thank you!
Until next time,