Oatmeal is a staple in my breakfast routine! It’s affordable, nutritious, and can be made in so many different ways!  This bowl is packed with nutrients, and will provide you with the fuel to keep you feeling energized and satisfied all morning!

Pre-made oatmeal is often loaded with unnecessary added ingredients and lots of sugar! Plus, you can make it at home for a lot cheaper! Here is a healthy breakfast idea with as little as 5 ingredients! 

We had a couple chilly mornings here in San Diego the past few days so I for once made hot oatmeal (I’m usually an overnight oats kind of girl) But if it is hot where you are at, or you prefer a cool breakfast, this can be enjoyed either way! Keep an eye out for my favorite overnight oat recipe coming soon!

Ingredients: 

2 cups of rolled oats
2+ cups of Strawberries (fresh or frozen) I prefer the taste of fresh, that’s what I used for this recipe!
4 cups of liquid (I used a mix of nut milk and water)
2+ Medjool Dates (natural sweetner)
1 tsp of vanilla extract

Optional Toppings:

Nut butter, granola, hemp hearts, flax, chia seeds, fresh fruit, the options are endless! Get creative and show me what you come up with 🙂

* this recipe makes about 4 servings… depending on how much you eat in one sitting 😉 a 1/2 cup usually works for me! You can adjust the ingredients accordingly.

 

Instructions:

1. Using half of your berries- wash, cut the tops off and add to a blender with the dates and your milk of choice…Blend for about 30 seconds creating a creamy and delicious strawberry milk. Taste the milk for desired sweetness, I used two dates and found it paired perfectly with the sweetness of the fresh berries!

2. Add the oats to a pot (I love my Le Creuset pot) and add in the strawberry milk mixture and vanilla. Simmer over medium heat for 5-10 minutes until you reach your desired thickness! About half way through I like to toss in the rest of my strawberries which takes the strawberry flavor to a whole new level!!! Keep an eye on it and stir frequently.

3. When your oats are looking creamy and delicious, pour into two bowls (I had quite a bit leftover) add your favorite toppings, and enjoy 🙂

Other Tips:

*Strawberries: I always encourage using organic strawberries when possible, they are on the top of the “Dirty Dozen” list meaning they have high amounts of pesticide residue which can be harmful to our health.

∙Liquid- I like to use a mix of water and nut milk. To make it creamier I suggest using all milk, or try using canned coconut milk!  I have found that using homemade milk makes a huge difference in the consistency. Although there are some good store bought brands, they tend to be a lot thinner. I use this nut milk bag!

∙Nut butter( I put this on everything. Creamy almond butter is my fav for this recipe!!!) This will give you a boost of protein and healthy fat!

∙Chia seeds: These tiny little powerhouses are packed with nutrients and loaded with fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids! Most of the carbs contained in these seeds come from fiber, which is not digested by your body, making them a great low calorie addition to any meal.  When mixed with liquid they expand in your stomach keeping you satisfied, while slowing the absorption of your food. These are easy to incorporate into your routine and can be added to your oatmeal, as well as to smoothies, salads, bowls, and anything else you are whippin’ up in the kitchen!

* Leftovers: I prefer to use cooked food within a few days of preparing it. Store leftovers in the fridge using a mason jar or glass tupperware; they can be served either cold or reheated, I love both 🙂 When reheating you can add a splash of liquid to help balance the consistency, as the oats will thicken after being in the fridge. 

xoxo

Taylor