I like flavors. I realize that seems like a very obvious assumption considering this is a blog based on food, but until you bear witnessed to the pageantry involved in preparing my morning oatmeal, it’s difficult to articulate just the extent of my nerousis about flavor perfection. To paint that picture, watch this clip of Ron Swanson from our favorite show, Parks and Recreation, and instead of “bacon and eggs” insert the word “flava”…
Yeah. I lika da flava. So, what the hell does that mean, you ask? After nearly 3 years of eating oatmeal every morning I have become the oatmeal sorcerer, concocting a formula for deliciousness (and nutritiousness) using spices, extracts, powders, fruits, and grains…and I present to you:
The Ultimate AM Oatmeal
2 tbsp quick oats
1 tbsp brown rice protein
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp Uncle Sam Cereal
2 tbsp Ezekiel 4:9 flax cereal
1/4 cup Barbara’s cinnamon Puffins
1 tbsp raisins
1/2 medium banana
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 – 1/3 cup water
1/4 cup non-dairy milk (I prefer sugar-free vanilla coconut milk)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp shredded coconut
pinch of cinnamon and sugar (optional)
Mix together all ingredients except fruit to ensure no brown rice powder clumps at the bottom of the bowl. Once mixed add the fruit and shake bowl to slightly mix in fruit with dry ingredients. Add water – the ingredients should not all be covered and no water should pool on sides of square bowl or on top of mixture. Microwave on high for 1 min 50 seconds.
Once out of the microwave, add non-dairy milk and vanilla extract and stir to combine. Top with chia seeds, coconut, and cinnamon/sugar. The banana adds the sweetness to the oatmeal, and without the cinn/sug there is zero artificial sugar in this breakfast.
While this is how I like the flava, make this oatmeal your own! Try substituting one of the cereals for another you like, use half the protein powder, add different fruit, use coconut or maple extract, or top with other items that add nutrition and texture such as hemp seeds or chopped nuts. Anyway you make it, this oatmeal is a great way to fuel your morning and jumpstart your creative energy for the day!
NUTRITION: 379 calories – 7 g total fat – 0 cholesterol – 182 mg sodium– 71 g carbs – 15 g fiber – 20 g sugar – 19 g protein- 7 WW points