What would you choose to have for breakfast on a crisp, cool autumn morning?
A big bowl of oats is like a warm and cozy hug for my stomach on chilly mornings. Especially if it’s made with wholesome and nutritious ingredients like fruits, nuts and whole grain oats.
What does wholesome truly mean? I use the word wholesome to refer to whole foods. Whole foods are largely unaltered, unrefined and appear pretty much as they would do in nature. Processed foods are defined as foods that have been somewhat removed from their natural state as a result of chemical, biological and/or mechanical manipulation.
Whole foods vs processed foods are not usually black and white (like most nutrition topics) because there are different levels of “food processing”. For example, roasted nuts can be considered minimally processed because they have been roasted.
Oats are a great way to have a wholesome breakfast! There are so many varieties and combinations you can create. You can mix your oats with a smoothie bowl, plant-based yogurts and so much more. Take a look at some varities below!
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Makes 2 servings:
2 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
2 tbsp Walnut Butter
1 tbsp Maple Syrup
1 pinch of salt
1 cup choice fruit (I used peaches and figs)
1/4 cup Almonds/Nuts
3 tbsp Hemp Seeds
In a small pot bring your plant-based milk to a low simmer. Add rolled oats and keep on a very low simmer for about 5-7 minutes until oats thicken.
Once they are done cooking and still piping hot; add maple syrup, walnut butter, salt and mix in well. Set aside. I like mine a bit more runny so I add a few splashes of milk after they are done cooking.
(Optional) In a small frying pan add 1/2 tbsp vegan butter and add your diced fruit. Cook on medium/high heat. I have only tried this with bananas, peaches, pumpkin and apples. Sprinkle brown sugar on top and let caramelize for about 5-6 minutes until golden brown.
Add your cooked oats to a medium/large bowl and top off with caramelized fruit, raw fruit, nuts, seeds and a bit of nut butter drizzle to complete your bowl.