JAZZING UP YOUR OATMEAL!!!
Jamie here, sharing why I love oatmeal for breakfast during the winter months. First of all, there are sooo many options when it comes to flavor and texture. And who doesn’t like a big bowl of warmth on a cold morning?! Oatmeal is chalk full of health benefits, mostly from all the wonderful fiber present. Oatmeal (a.k.a. steel cut oats, old fashioned, irish oats, and oat bran) is one of my favorites because it helps keep us full longer, aids in digestion, keeps our bowels regular, helps lower cholesterol levels, and regulates blood sugar levels. In addition to all the benefits from the fiber, whole oats are also a good source of protein. Add some fruit and healthy fat to your oatmeal and you have a yummy and satisfying meal.
Here are some of my favorite oatmeal recipes! ☺
Pumpkin Oatmeal-1 serving
-1/2 cup oatbran, old fashioned oatmeal, or steel cut oats (I use old fashioned oatmeal.)
-1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk or milk of your choice
-1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
-a splash of pure vanilla extract
-pinch of sea salt
-1 ripe banana sliced
-1/2 cup pure pumpkin
-top with your favorite nut butter
Combine everything but nut butter, pumpkin, and banana into a medium sauce pan and cook over medium heat until creamy and thick (5-7 minutes for old fashioned oatmeal, a little longer for steel cut or irish oats). Add sliced banana and pumpkin and stir. Top with your favorite nut butter. You can always leave out the banana and chia seeds, but I love them in this oatmeal.
Baked Banana Oatmeal: 1 serving
Make this oatmeal ahead of time and enjoy cold, or warm it up!
-1/2 cup oat of choice
-1/2 cup milk of choice (I love unsweetened vanilla almond milk.)
-1/2 large banana, mashed
-1 tsp vanilla
-optional: add cinnamon, nuts, dark chocolate chips, or sweetener of choice
Preheat oven to 355 degrees F. Grease and/or line a 1 cup serving ramikan and set aside. Mash your bananas and mix all ingredients together. Bake for 35-45 minutes (depends on size of ramikan). Serve warm, or chill in the fridge over night. Top with almond butter and enjoy!!
*I always add in lots of cinnamon and chocolate chips and then top with natural nut butter.
Easy Overnight Oats: 1 Serving
Great for the person on the go!
-1/4 to 1/3 cup oats of choice
-1/4 cup milk of choice
-1/2 cups plain greek yogurt
-1 tsp chia seeds*
-1 cup frozen mixed berries or any frozen fruit
-optional: sweetener of choice (honey, agave, stevia)**
-optional: cinnamon, vanilla extract
Mix first four ingredients and any optional add ins. Place in a jar or to-go container. Store in the fridge overnight. The next morning, mix in the fruit and enjoy cold!
*Chia seeds are packed full of fiber and healthy fats. They are important to use in overnight oats because they create a gelatinous texture. They make it delicious, I promise! ☺
**If you are using a flavored yogurt you will not need to add an additional sweetener.