If you have just 10 minutes in the morning, do yourself a favor and make this healthy, hearty breakfast oatmeal. Oatmeal doesn’t have to be bland and boring but it also doesn’t have to be a picture-perfect intricate artwork either which is why this recipe will be a perfect staple breakfast go-to item for busy mamas like you!
Here are some awesome benefits of oatmeal:
- Satiating and will keep you feeling full longer. This is always a plus for mamas who are always on their feet during the day.
- Improves blood sugar control because of its soluble fiber content that improves insulin response.
- Aids to improve cholesterol levels by bringing down LDL (bad cholesterol).
- Rich in antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins
- Helps with digestion and keeps you “regular” due to its high fiber content.
Also, remember there are different types of oats based on how much it is processed. As you may have guessed, the less processed it is, the more nutritious (but also the longer it takes to make). However, note that the nutrient difference isn’t too drastic so opting for instant oats when you’re in a time crunch is no problem at all!
Going from most to least processed:
- Quick/Instant oats: pre-steamed for a long time and rolled into thin flakey pieces to allow water to be absorbed quickly for a faster cook time.
- Rolled/Old Fashioned oats: pre-steamed, rolled and flattened to bigger flakes.
- Scottish Oats: stone ground into a meal
- Steel-cut/Irish oats: whole oat kernels (oat groats) cut into even bigger pieces and commonly included in cereal
- Oat groats: whole oat kernels with hulls removed but contains the germ, endosperm, and bran (which contains the most fiber)
Also remember, pure oats are naturally gluten free however, make sure the label clearly states that it is because there is a high chance of cross-contamination with other gluten-containing grains. Bob’s Red Mill, Trader Joe’s Rolled Oats, and Purely Elizabeth’s Superfood Oatmeal all carry gluten-free oats.
Here’s to a hearty, healthy breakfast oatmeal! Hope you enjoy it!
This recipe uses quick oats for the sake of saving some time in the morning.
- ½ c quick oats
- ½ c oat-milk (I love the Oatly’s brand)
- ½ c water
- ⅓ banana sliced into small pieces
- ¼ c berries
- 1 tbsp of nut butter (I use peanut butter or almond butter)
- ½ tbsp of hemp seeds
- ¼ c nuts
- A sprinkle of cinnamon
- On a stovetop add oat-milk, water, and oats and let it sit for about a minute on medium heat.
- Once you see it start to boil, bring down the heat and add banana, berries, and nut butter. Stir.
- Once the oats are thoroughly cooked (about another minute), turn off the heat and transfer the oatmeal to a bowl.
- Top it off with hemp seeds, nuts, and cinnamon.
I like to use the stovetop so that I have control of what goes in when. It also tastes better this way since the heat is evenly distributed. It doesn’t take that much longer than running it in the microwave, so give it try!