Fact: I never used to be an oatmeal person.
Eating a bland slop of hot oats just never appealed to me. Always a fan of rich and flavourful breakfasts with different textures, I hated the idea of eating the boring mush that was oatmeal. Fast forward several years later, and here I am, eating my favourite breakfast of all-time: creamy blueberry oatmeal with almond butter and coconut shreds, drizzled in pure maple syrup, AKA pure heaven.
I am so grateful for oatmeal now, honestly. Having this protein-packed bowl in the morning before school or work really gets your day started. After I eat this creamy dreamy bowl of goodness, I’m full for the whole day! This is why oatmeal is great for people who are watching their weight or for people who have a busy schedule and need to stay full until they have time for their next meal.
I’ve mentioned all the great benefits of blueberries and almond butter in my blueberry smoothie post here, but I’d like to mention 5 great things about steel-cut oats (besides being incredibly fast and simple to make).
Oats are a whole-grain food, and incredibly nutritious, containing more protein and fat than other grains. Oats are also loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidant plant compounds which your body needs to maintain an optimal level of health.
An abundance of vitamins and minerals are packed in just half a cup of oats, making this grain one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat. Oatmeal is also a great source of carbs and fibre, with significantly lower calories than other breakfasts. Half a cup of oats has about 51 grams of carbs, 13 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat and 8 grams of fiber, but only 303 calories. The high soluble fibre content helps to keep your body full for longer periods of time, reduces cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and promotes healthy gut bacteria.
For the oatmeal
- ½ cup of oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill organic steel-cut oats)
- 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
- ½ scoop of vegan vanilla protein powder (optional)
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- For the toppings
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 1-2 tbsp pure maple syrup or agave
- Pumpkin seeds
- Unsweetened coconut chips
- Heat almond milk over stovetop; add oats, vanilla, and protein powder.
- Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently. Cook time varies depending on which oats you use, so be sure to check your bag of oats for individual cooking directions.
- Transfer mixture to a bowl and add blueberries, almond butter, and desired toppings, and drizzle with maple syrup.