Not your basic Oatmeal

I will be the first to admit that Monday thru Friday Oatmeal is my basic normal work day breakfast. It’s heart healthy, has protein, low calorie and well it can get boring. With so many “bowls” out there now it’s not surprising that people are getting more and more creative with their oatmeal. I’m not sure my Papa would approve, but then again his never met the points above. Don’t mistake what I just said, it was delicious and I would take a bowl of my Papa’s oatmeal any day of the week; even if it means eating all my daily calories in a day and having to do an extra workout – totally worth it.

Now I have tried overnight oats and I think they are great and a quick to-go type of breakfast. I’ve also been a big fan of The Hungry Girl’s Growing Oatmeal, but not a fan of artificial sweeteners. Aside from the chemicals used to create the “natural” sweeteners, they are one of the worst triggers for my migraines. Just some food for thought, if you suffer from migraines and eat or drink a lot of those type of sweeteners. Back to oatmeal. The great thing about oatmeal is that it’s a blank canvas. You can do anything you want to it. You can make is simple with just some almond milk or water or you can jazz it up to something way more nom worthy. Here’s what you need:

  • Oats – any kind will work, I had quick cook on hand so that’s what I went with.
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Agave
  • Fruit- use whatever you have on hand or what is currently in season. You know my motto colorful food is happy food. For this I went with bananas, strawberries, blueberries and kiwi.
  • Hazelnut-chocolate almond butter – I used Justin’s
  • slivered almonds – but use your favorite nut.

Add the oats, almond milk, vanilla extract and a good couple teaspoons of agave to a pot with a pinch of salt into a pot and let simmer. While the oats are doing their thing get to chopping up the fruit. By now, your oats should be going to a nice simmer and bubbling a little. Stir well, you don’t want those babies to stick to the bottom. Now take a good couple of teaspoons of the hazelnut-chocolate almond butter and put in a small bowl. Melt in the microwave, you should be good within 35 seconds or so. Time to put all these noms together! Grab a bowl, I prefer deep bowls. Add the hot oats, and a little bit of butter (i went with vegan), and a splash of almond milk – this step really gives your oats so much creaminess, so don’t skip it! Add your toppings, add your melty chocolaty hazelnut gooeyness first, then line up your fruit and nuts. Coconut flakes and seeds would be great with this too. Time to nom! Grab a spoon and a mug of coffee and enjoy my loves. This is sure to keep you full and energized for whatever your morning throws your way.

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