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Not So Basic Oatmeal

Adding fruit, spices & flavorings to the cooking process takes plain old oatmeal to the next level. Not only does it taste delicious, it also eliminates the need for any additional sweeteners. Add in a spoon of nut butter or top with nuts & seeds for a nutritionally balanced and satisfying breakfast. Mix & match all week, and your oatmeal will never be boring again!

INGREDIENTS

Serves 2

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups water (or 1 cup water, 1 cup plant-based milk)
1 piece cut up fresh fruit (banana, apple, pear, peaches) or 1 cup berries
¼ teaspoon sea salt
Flavor options: ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, lemon zest or any other flavorings & spices
Nutrition boosts: nut butter, chopped nuts, seeds (hemp, flax or chia), sliced fruit, raw cacao, goji berries

Adding fruit, spices & flavorings to the cooking process takes plain old oatmeal to the next level. Not only does it taste delicious, it also eliminates the need for any additional sweeteners. Add in a spoon of nut butter or top with nuts & seeds for a nutritionally balanced and satisfying breakfast. Mix & match all week, and your oatmeal will never be boring again!

INGREDIENTS

Serves 2

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups water (or 1 cup water, 1 cup plant-based milk)
1 piece cut up fresh fruit (banana, apple, pear, peaches) or 1 cup berries
¼ teaspoon sea salt
Flavor options: ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, lemon zest or any other flavorings & spices
Nutrition boosts: nut butter, chopped nuts, seeds (hemp, flax or chia), sliced fruit, raw cacao, goji berries

METHOD

Cook oatmeal and liquid on stovetop according to directions. Add in fruit & flavorings. Once cooked, the fruit should be soft and mix into the oats to form a semi-smooth consistency. Sprinkle with additional spices of choice and top with a healthy protein and/or fat. Try flax, hemp or chia seeds, a spoon of almond butter or any combination of nuts. Bonus points for sprinkling in additional cinnamon to help with blood sugar regulation. Top with your choice of nutritional boosts.

PICTURED HERE: Oats cooked in cashew milk & water with frozen blueberries, 1 teaspoon grated ginger, 1 spoon nut butter, and lemon zest. Topped with banana, more blueberries, cinnamon, and shredded coconut. Yum! (Inspired by the Healing Blueberry Coconut Ginger Oatmeal from Breakfast Criminals.)