Oatmeal is one of my very favorite foods, especially in the cold weather. Versatile, healthy, filling, cheap, nutritious, cozy. It is probably the only food that I could (and do) eat every day and not grow tired of it. Below you will find my go-to recipe, it’s easy, quick and many of the ingredients are able to be eliminated or swapped out based on preference or what you have in your own kitchen or pantry.
1/3 cup rolled oatmeal
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 serving vegan protein powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup of non-dairy milk
1 teaspoon black strap molasses
Toppings of your choosing. Some of my favorites: banana, pink lady apple, frozen cranberries, granola, nut butter, dessert hummus, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, shredded coconut and chia jam.
I always just cook my oatmeal in water. The ratio is usually 1:1 but since I add protein powder, I usually add 1/2 cup of water for 1/3 cup of oatmeal.
Bring the water to a boil, pour in your oatmeal and your chia seeds and stir. Place the heat on simmer. Cook according to time suggested on your oatmeal packaging.
Stir in your protein powder, I typically use Nuzest but whatever you like will work just fine. This will thicken up the oatmeal a lot so I usually stir in a little unsweetened cashew milk or almond milk, whatever I happen to have in the fridge at the time. This will make it creamier, but feel free to use water.
I also stir in a teaspoon of black strap molasses, more for nutritional value than for taste. Sometimes I will sprinkle in turmeric for the same reasons.
Prepare your toppings! You can do this while the oatmeal is cooking or before you begin. This is where you can get creative. I like to have fun in the kitchen so this is the best part for me. Cut your banana up in a fun way, use a fruit you wouldn’t normally think of, try new nut butters.
Put your oaties in a bowl and top with any nuts, fruit, seeds or granola that you wish.