Ahh, oatmeal. Oatmeal with diced cooked apples is my sons favorite food to eat so an oatmeal type of a breakfast is often cooking up in my kitchen. The nutty aroma of oats cooking up in the kitchen is incredibly comforting. Now, I know everyone knows how to prepare oatmeal. Nothing that I am about to write here is groundbreaking, but I wanted to share it because I just love preparing it. It is a staple in our house. On a cold day such as today, it is hard to pass up the warming flavors of this breakfast. While we are not vegan, I love preparing vegan dishes because I am forced to tap into plant-based foods to replace any traditional ingredients. I always look for ways to enrich any dish with nutritious super-foods like chia seeds, hemp or cacao nibs.
This is a simple oatmeal, cooked in almond milk instead of water or regular milk. Almond milk and oats are great friends. Almond milk gives this is a very bold flavor right from the start. Once the oats are cooked, about 15 minutes, I immediately plate it and stir in peanut butter. Yes, peanut butter. Lots of it. Simply stirring in a heaping teaspoon (or two) of peanut butter gives the oatmeal a bold, rich flavor and makes it taste so creamy you would never miss the butter. After that, it is all about fresh fruit. I typically opt for a little bit of banana and fresh strawberries. In a way, this is reminiscent of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
I happen to have gluten free oats in my kitchen, but old fashioned oats or steel cut will work great. I have to admit, I am one of those people that does not sweeten oatmeal. I actually like the unsweetened taste and the salty bite of the natural peanut butter. All the sweetness comes from the fresh fruit on top, but if you like a sweeter taste a drizzle of maple syrup will work great. My family likes it sweeter so I serve it with maple syrup for them.
I typically make a large batch of oatmeal on a Sunday and keep it stored in the fridge. While the oats are cooking, I wash and prep a large batch of strawberries and have them ready for the week. That way, I just pair everything I need on a weekday morning and simply heat up the oatmeal and top with fresh fruit.
I hope you like it!
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- ½ cup gluten free rolled oats, not instant
- 1-2 tsp natural peanut butte (crunchy) or equivalent almond butter
- ½ cup fresh strawberries
- ½ banana (optional)
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- maple syrup (for sweetness), optional
- cinnamon (optional)
- Cook oats in almond milk to your desired texture. I like mine with a little bit of bite, about 10-15 minutes.
- Serve in a bowl, add peanut butter (or other nut butter), mix well until the nut butter is well incorporated.
- Top with fresh fruit and chia seeds. Drizzle with maple syrup or honey for sweetness.