Breakfast counts as one of the most important meals of the day. For me it is THE most important meal of the day. My day can not start without something in my stomach to get the engine started.
I can never fully understand those people who tend to skip breakfast or wait a couple of hours until they have their first bite of the day. I feel that the minute I wake up I need my cup of coffee and my breakfast.
During the week I have my go to breakfast, which is my German black bread smeared with a variation of spreads and topped off with some veggies to give it that extra crunch. I have this every day at work. However, my favourite breakfast of all time is those that take time to make, and I can enjoy snuggled on the couch with my dog watching Netflix, patiently waiting until my husband wakes up near mid-afternoon.
One of those breakfasts is definitely oatmeal. Oatmeal is not only tasty; it is quite healthy for you as well. It is high in fiber, antioxidants, lowers cholesterol, reduces high blood pressure, and proves to obtain other health benefits as well.
The thing with oatmeal is you can completely modify it to your taste buds for that particular day. You can make your oatmeal as healthy or as unhealthy as you like, depending on the toppings and amount of sugar you add when cooking your oats.
My version of cinnamon oatmeal can be enjoyed guilt free and is definitely a tasty treat to warm up your gloomy mornings.
Vegan Cinnamon Oatmeal
1/2 cup oats
1 cup non-dairy milk (I prefer oat milk over the other non-dairy milks, but you can use that which you prefer. If you want to reduce even more calories you can split this cup with half water and half non-dairy milk)
2 tsp cinnamon
Toppings of your choice, in this recipe I used:
1 banana, sliced
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp peanut butter (I try to go for a peanut butter that is as natural as possible to avoid the extra sugar)
1 cup frozen raspberries
Take a small pot and add your oats, liquid and cinnamon. Stir with a wooden spoon and turn up your heat to medium low. Cook for about 5-8 minutes.
In a separate pot add your frozen berries and set to low until your berries are thawed and warm.
Stir your oats, and if the oat mixture has too much liquid, continue to let it cook over the medium low heat until you reach the consistency you like.
Make sure to be patient with the oats as you do not want to burn them or have the heat on too high where your oats are not fully cooked.
Once the consistency is reached for your oats, remove from heat. The berries should also be thawed and heated at this point, remove from heat as well.
Assemble your bowl with the toppings of your choice.