So I have been having really strange cravings for oatmeal lately which is bizzare because in 5th grade I wrote an 'ode' about my dislike for oatmeal. So it really wasn't an ode it was more of an anti-ode and that isn't really a thing. Anyway I went home today to take a picture for my own personal christmas card (featuring my dog and I) and it turns out my mom has been on a total oatmeal kick! We are so different but sometimes we are so in sync it is INSANE. I am named after her so it would make sense that there would be some similarities there.
Anyway in an effort to feel healthier, have more energy, and stop my mid day chocolate snacking (which to be honest probably wont stop but a girl can dream right?) I wanted to come up with a quick and super easy breakfast that is both satisfying and healthy. That is where this oatmeal comes in. Now when I was a kid I would LOAD my oatmeal with brown sugar (it actually would turn brown) and pour on tons of milk. This is not that kind of oat meal (sorry mom). I have been making an effort to also avoid milk because I am in denial over the fact that I am possibly lactose intolerant. (Side note: seriously god GLUTEN FREE AND LACTOSE INTOLERANT! I got a bone to pick with you man)
So... I wanted to make a oatmeal with the creamy comforting memories of childhood while also packing a punch with flavor. AND I think I succeeded. The trick I found was using a combination of almond milk for creaminess and water to help keep the oats from getting mushy. I also added a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger to add heat. Plus it takes about 5 minutes to throw together!
Start your mornings off with this oatmeal and I promise you will not regret it. Okay enough of my rambling...
Spiced Oatmeal with Agave and Blueberries
- 1/2 c water
- 1/2 c almond milk
- 1/2 c quick cook gluten free oats (or gluten full if thats how you roll, you lucky bastard)
- 1/4 c. ground chia seeds
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- pinch of salt
- about 1 tbs Agave Nectar but add more if you like it sweeter!
- 1/2 cup blueberries
In a small pot bring water and almond milk to a boil. Add in the salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Whisk together. Once boiling turn off the stove, and pour in the oatmeal and ground chia seeds.
Whisk while the mixture thickens (about 2 minutes). Pour into a bowl top with blueberries, additional almond milk if you like your oatmeal soupier, and drizzle with Agave for sweetness. Enjoy and start your day off right!