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.
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
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.