Over the last year or so I have grown to really enjoy breakfast. What was once a ‘meal’ that consisted only a pot of coffee has evolved to actual food. Food that is healthy and filling enough to hold me over until dinner if needed. And that food is an amazing bowl of oatmeal. Not just any ordinary bowl of oatmeal either. Oatmeal that is packed with nutrients to jump start my day. So since it has brought me so much joy and actually fuels productivity for this blog. I thought I would share my favorite way to make oatmeal. Plus we just had a cold front come through so all things warm and cozy sounds like perfection right now. Including a nice hot bowl of yumminess.
I must first point out that the base of this recipe came from Jessica Seinfeld’s kitchen. Which by the way you should definitely check out her recipes if you haven’t already. She has amazing ways of incorporating healthy ingredients into common household favorites. And I highly recommend following her on Instagram. Her mini cooking video clips are unbelievably mesmerizing and make you want to try making the recipe ASAP! I actually have this cookbook of hers and it has been extremely helpful cooking deceptively healthy for my kiddos.
As mentioned the core recipe is essentially from the infamous Jessica herself, which you can find here. But over time I have enjoyed experimenting with variations on toppings and fillers. Keep reading for my go-to version.
Here is My Favorite Way to Make Oatmeal:
1 cup almond milk + additional for garnish
1-2 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 cup canned pumpkin or unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and/or pumpkin spice (I like both!)
1 cup rolled old-fashioned oats
1 tablespoon almond butter
1/4 blueberries (fresh or frozen-thawed) or bananas
Garnish, dried fruits and nuts (my favorite are golden raisins, walnuts, and chia seeds)
In a small saucepan, combine the milk, sugar, pumpkin or applesauce, vanilla, cinnamon and/or pumpkin spice. Bring to a gentle boil and stir in the oatmeal. Reduce the heat and simmer for 3 or 4 minutes, until the oatmeal is soft and creamy. Stir in the almond butter.
Spoon the oatmeal into a bowl, sprinkle with blueberries, dried fruits, nuts, and chia seeds. Lastly garnish with a light pour of almond milk around the rim of the bowl.
Are you an oatmeal fan? What do you like to garnish yours with?
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