Oatmeal is the perfect everyday breakfast for me. It is warm, sweet, and comforting. I love it! Oatmeal is a rich, filling breakfast that I cannot recommend enough! It is packed with fibers that are excellent for your gut health. Plus, you can transform it every day! You can make sweet and savory oatmeal. You can add any topping you like. You can even bake it or make it overnight!
In this recipe, I am making chai oatmeal. The chai flavor brings a complex flavor profile to this breakfast. It is also so comforting! I cannot wait for you to try it.
What are the benefits of oatmeal?
If you have ever had a bowl of oatmeal, you know one thing for sure: it is super filling. But why? Well, the base of oatmeal is rolled oats. Rolled oats are packed with fibers (8g per ½ cups of dry oat) that keep you full. They also are a fantastic source of nutrients! Oat is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants. Indeed, ½ cup of oat if packed with vitamin B1 (thiamin), manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, and so on! Manganese helps with the growth of connective tissues and helps the blood clotting, while phosphorus ensures the formation of healthy bones and teeth. Moreover, oat is loaded with the anti-inflammatory antioxidant called avenanthramides which help lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation.
While rolled oat is a nutrient-dense food, making it perfect for breakfast, avoid pre-packaged oatmeal that is often high in added sugar. I recommend buying plain rolled oat instead. Besides, be creative with your toppings, but be conscious of what you are adding to your oats.
Can you eat oatmeal every day?
Yes, you can, but as with every food, eat it in moderation. Oatmeal is good for you. It is full of soluble and insoluble fibers. While beta-glucan- a soluble fiber- keeps blood levels under control, insoluble fibers ensure a good bowel movement. Since it is rich in fibers and proteins (13g per ½ cups of dry oat), oatmeal also helps keep you fuller for longer.
Five tips to make the best oatmeal ever
Making oatmeal sounds easy. But is it? Sometimes you end up with a brick, while another day, your oat is soggy. Here are my tips to make the best oatmeal ever.
- Add 1.5 times more water than the amount of oat.
- Use a wooden spoon to stir your oat. It will break the starches.
- Turn the heat off before the oatmeal is cooked.
- Add a creamy base (0.5 times the oat) at the end.
- Add toppings. Toppings should bring texture to your oatmeal.
Ready to make your version? Let’s go!
- 1 cup rolled oat
- 2 tbsp chai concentrate
- 1.5 cup water
- ½ cup plant-based milk
- 1 tbsp nut butter
- 1 tbsp jam
- 1 tbsp walnuts
- ¼ sliced apple
- ¼ cup berries
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- In a saucepan on medium-high heat, stir in your oat, chai concentrate, and water. Mix gently with a wooden spoon for 6-7 minutes.
- Remove from the heat. Add the plant-based milk. Mix.
- Transfer the oatmeal to a bowl.
- Add your topping.
cals: 665 • fat: 20.7g • protein: 16.9g • carbs: 107.8g