K8's (Updated) Go-To Vegan Protein Oatmeal Recipe

LOVE my oatmeal in the morning (or any time really)

LOVE my oatmeal in the morning (or any time really)

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.


Ingredients:

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.

Adding frozen cranberries into my oatmeal is one of my favorite winter oatmeal variations!

Adding frozen cranberries into my oatmeal is one of my favorite winter oatmeal variations!

Method:

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.

These oats are so satisfying yet so easy to make. If you make some, take a photo and tag me on Instagram! I will share them on my stories. Hope you enjoy as much as I do.

Kale Banana Smoothie Bowl

Topped with Good Mix Superfoods Blend 11, Dang Foods coconut chips, One Degree sprouted granola and fresh blackberries

Topped with Good Mix Superfoods Blend 11, Dang Foods coconut chips, One Degree sprouted granola and fresh blackberries

It has been unseasonably warm this winter so far (NO complaints here) and i woke up this morning craving a smoothie bowl (sorry oatmeal, we aren't breaking up, I just needed some space). 

Ingredients:

2 frozen bananas *

A few cubes of ice

Hand full of kale or other dark green

1/2 cup unsweetened nondairy milk of choice

! tablespoon blackstrap molasses 

Dash of turmeric

Dash of black pepper

Toppings: I listed the toppings that I used under the photo but you can use anything that you think is delicious. Go crazy!

I always blend my greens with my nondairy milk FIRST and get it to a green milk consistency, otherwise you will have pieces of kale that don't get blended up. I use my Magic Bullet for this.

The reason I use black pepper is because your body better absorbs turmeric this way. Just trust me, you can't taste it. Put all of your ingredients into a high-speed blender or food processor, blend, scrape down and blend again. It will come out to be a really nice thick icecream-like texture which is how i prefer my smoothie bowls. Throw your toppings on and ENJOY.

**you totally do not have to use frozen bananas, it just makes for a more icecream texture which is what i prefer. 

 

K8's Go-To Oaties

Vegan oatmeal for the win!

Vegan oatmeal for the win!

Oatmeal is arguably my favorite food. Versatile, healthy, 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 favorite recipe, it’s easy, quick and many of the ingredients are able to be eliminated or swapped out based on preference and what you have on hand.


Ingredients:

1/3 cup rolled oatmeal

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1/3 cup pumpkin puree

1/3 cup shredded zucchini

1 serving vanilla protein powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Splash of non-dairy milk of choice

1 tablespoon black strap molasses

½ banana

¼ cup fresh berries

½ tablespoon pumpkin seeds

1 tablespoon nut butter

 

I always just cook my oatmeal in water according to the directions on the package. It’s usually 1:1 so if you do 1/3 cup of oatmeal you will also do 1/3 cup of water.

Bring the water to a boil, pour in your oatmeal and your chia seeds and stir.

Continue to cook covered on low while you shred your zucchini and get your pumpkin puree ready. I squeeze my shredded zucchini a few times to get out the excess water. Stir those into your oatmeal along with the cinnamon and the protein powder. I typically use Sprout Living or Garden of Life 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 tablespoon of black strap molasses, more for nutritional value than for taste. I let this cook a little longer on low as I prepare my toppings. 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. The zucchini and pumpkin will have added SO much volume to your oatmeal. These oats are so satisfying yet so easy to make.

Hope you enjoy as much as I do.

This is by far my favorite bowl and it was a gift from a wonderful friend.

This is by far my favorite bowl and it was a gift from a wonderful friend.