There’s nothing quite as wonderful as a beautiful breakfast to get you out of bed and ready to take on the day! I’m always tempted to skip breakfast altogether, but this delicious homemade oatmeal always hits the spot and energizes me for the day ahead. Rather than buying the store bought variety, which often has too much added sugar and will make you crash by the mid-morning, this one is made from scratch. Best of all, you’ll feel so nourished, confident, and strong as you head into your day.
Now, the first key to oatmeal is the toppings (always the best part, right?) ! I loved these berries from the Farmer’s Market in LA, but I also love to add apricot, peaches, or any other fresh or dried fruit I have in my pantry. More on that later..
The next key is the type of oat you use. While most people see oatmeal as a very healthy breakfast, they’re also usually choosing instant oats that have been so processed in the factory that by the time they make it to your pantry they’ve lost most of their nutritional value. My tip here is to use non-instant steel cut oats (my favorite brand pictured below), which are virtually untouched and keep their whole nutritional value. Steel cut oats taste a little nuttier, but they’re packed with fiber that will keep you full and your blood sugar levels even.
Here’s a close up! As you can see, the oats look different but you can tell they’re still in their whole form.
Now, once you’ve measured out your water and brought it to a boil, add your oats and let them simmer for about 5 minutes, adding additional water as needed. Gradually add in almond milk and chia seeds and stir, for about 5 more minutes. Add vanilla, cinnamon, and flax seeds.
Now, for the best part, toppings! As I mention above I always add fruit, but I also love sliced almonds, honey, walnuts, or hemp seeds. Have fun with it!
- ⅓ cup steel cut oats
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2 tbs chopped walnuts or chopped almonds
- 1 tbs cinnamon
- 1 tbs vanilla
- 1 tsp raw local honey
- 1 handful of berries
- Bring water to a boil, stirring in oats. Let simmer for 5 minutes, while gently stirring. Add almond milk and chia seeds and let simmer for another 5 minutes.
- Stir in honey, vanilla, and nuts if desired. Serve with fresh fruit.