vegan oatmeal with berries

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.

vegan oatmeal

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!

Easy Vegan Morning Oatmeal
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Serves: 1
 
Easy vegan oatmeal.
Ingredients
  • 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)
Instructions
  1. Cook oats in almond milk to your desired texture. I like mine with a little bit of bite, about 10-15 minutes.
  2. Serve in a bowl, add peanut butter (or other nut butter), mix well until the nut butter is well incorporated.
  3. Top with fresh fruit and chia seeds. Drizzle with maple syrup or honey for sweetness.
  4. Enjoy.