Yesterday was National Oatmeal Day! OMG I love oats! I love how once you cook your oats you have a wide variety of flavor options by adding different fruits and toppings each time. I could never get bored of having oatmeal every day for breakfast just because of this reason.
In the summer I really started to eat them after hearing about Overnight Oats. I loved that I could prepare them the night before and in the morning breakfast was already waiting for me. Also, by sitting overnight, the oats really soaked in the almond milk so that the oatmeal was quite voluminous.
Now that the weather is cooler, I have been enjoying a warm bowl of oats in the morning. I still prepare the oats the night before to save time (especially on work days) and to continue to allow the oats to soak in the almond milk for extra volume. In the mornings, I quickly reheat it in the microwave while preparing a hot cup of coffee.
Even though this oatmeal post is a day late for National Oatmeal Day, I still ate oatmeal for breakfast yesterday morning. Though the recipe I’m sharing is not the bowl of oatmeal I ate yesterday. Yesterday’s bowl was just oatmeal with dark cocoa powder and a banana. This recipe is a new idea on how to add more volume and protein to your breakfast and kept me fuller longer. It’s a genius idea.
This recipe was adapted from here:
- 1/3 cup TVP
- 2 tbsp GF rolled oats
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp flax seeds
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- dash of sea salt
- 1 tbsp walnuts (optional for topping)
- 1 tbsp raisins (optional for topping)
- Combine all ingredients, except walnuts and raisins (if using), in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil.
- Lower heat and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Pour into a bowl and if desired, top with walnuts and raisins! Extra cinnamon also goes very nicely on top!
If you are short on time, this can be made in the microwave, although it won’t be as creamy and the TVP may be more chewy. All you have to do is combine all the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl, except walnuts and raisins (if using). Microwave for 2 minutes, stir, then microwave for another minute or until all the liquid is absorbed. Make sure to watch closely so it does not overflow.