My word of the day today in YogaHour was “oatmeal.” Why? Because the oatmeal that I have for breakfast every morning is one of the things, if not THE thing, that gets me out of bed in the morning. When I wake up I think, “oh yea, I get to have my oatmeal again.” We all need these sorts of things in our lives, the things that we look forward to, even on a daily basis because they make us appreciate life all that much more. Since it brings me so much joy, I thought I’d share it with you in case it appeals to you too. I’ve found these ratio of ingredients to be perfect for me, but feel free to adopt and adjust to suit your tastes.
Teagan’s Fabtabulous Oatmeal Recipe
1.5 lbs (24 oz) quick cook oats (you can use old-fashioned or steel-cut too, it will just increase the cooking time)
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup ground flax seeds
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup shelled hemp seeds
1 1/2 cup dried fruit (I usually use a combination of fruits including raisins, cherries, cranberries, goji berries, strawberries, dates, figs, etc.)
3/4 cup of dried mix (above) (this is a large serving, so you may want to cut it down to 1/2 cup depending on how much you like to eat for breakfast)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon grated ginger (I buy the big jar of ginger from an Indian grocery store so I don’t have to grate it every morning)
1 eye dropper of stevia (adjust as necessary for how sweet you like your oatmeal)
1/2 banana, sliced thin
1/4 – 1/2 cup frozen fruit (I like to buy the mixed berry packs or just the raspberries or strawberries)
optional toppings: 2 tablespoons of greek yogurt (any flavor) or 1 teaspoon ghee (this makes it taste like shortbread to me, yum!)
1) Start by preparing the “dry mix” of ingredients. Mix everything on the list together and put in a storage container so you have it ready to go in the mornings.
2) On the mornings when you’re feeling excited about oatmeal (for me that’s every morning!), combine the “individual serving” ingredients in a small saucepan on the stove with some water (depends on how thick or runny you like your oatmeal). Cook on high heat stirring continually until frozen fruit is warm, approximately 5 minutes.
3) Pour the oatmeal into a bowl and top with a few tablespoons of your favorite greek yogurt. I like having some diary in my yogurt, so if I don’t have any yogurt on hand I will put a teaspoon of ghee in with the oatmeal on the stove.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I do! Please share your comments below. xo