Back home, when I was a kid we never developed the habit of eating oatmeal, once in a while we added oats to cereals, but an oatmeal or anything hot for breakfast was not my weakness. Perhaps because I lived in a hot climate, however since I live in this cold city where we can sometimes have mornings around 3 degrees celsius, a hot homemade oatmeal, has become one of my favorite breakfasts.
Although we know that oatmeal has many health benefits, you need to know that as a source of carbohydrates and thus calories, it also promotes weight gain if consumed in excess. So, like everything in life, the key is moderation. The preparation you see today was one we made to break the routine, and this amount we consume between two and had a bit left over. So while we hit the notch every know and then to get out of daily routine by preparing something very different to the usual breakfast, we know that overeating is not the deal, because we have learned that there is nothing more enjoyable than eating, without feeling extreme fullness.
If you’re looking for a homemade breakfast with a different flavor, for yourself or someone you want to make really happy, now you have it!
Homemade Oatmeal (Serves 2 medium servings)
- 3/4 cup rolled oats made into flour (in processor)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 medium bananas (1 pureed and another cut in small pieces)
- 2.5-3 cups soy or almond milk (you can add more if you want to change the texture)
- 2 tablespoons agave syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch of salt and nutmeg (optional)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons chopped nuts
- 2 tablespoons raisins or cranberries, for garnish
- Pecans for garnish
1. In a blender or food processor add the rolled oats and chia seeds and process until made flour.
2. In a medium saucepan add the soy or almond milk and simmer.
3. Mash a banana and add it into the pan. Then add the chopped banana into small pieces (not mashed) with agave syrup.
4. Add the oatmeal and chia flour and cook for 5 minutes while stirring.Turn off the heat and add the salt, vanilla and nutmeg (optional)
5. Serve in a bowl and add toppings to taste. We’ve added pecans, banana, cranberries and cinnamon.
6. Enjoy, a different breakfast with important nutritional value, providing milk replacement with a source of omegas, and tons of fiber!
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