There’s nothing I love more than oatmeal. Well, maybe there’s a few things, but oatmeal is pretty close to the top of the list. Not only is it creamy and soothing, but it’s a blank palate, too: I never get tired of it because I always find new toppings to make it completely different. You could have oatmeal every single day and never have the same meal.
Oatmeal is a whole grain, filled with fiber, protects skin, reduces cholesterol, and stabilizes blood sugar. What’s not to love? The best thing about oatmeal, though—other than feeling like I ate dessert for breakfast—is that it keeps me full and gives me tons of energy. It’s perfect before a workout, early in the morning, or just when you want to have a nutritious snack. To me, oatmeal is never just limited to breakfast!
Without further ado, I present to you one of my favorite oatmeal recipes. It’s protein packed, with sources from the soy milk, oats, and peanut butter. I was having trouble coming up with a name for this recipe, since I wanted to include all the aspects: banana, peanut butter, blueberries, and cinnamon. So many flavors for one name! 😛
Adding the mashed banana is something new I tried and I’m so glad I did—it adds both sweetness and creaminess! The frozen blueberries make it seem like you’re eating dessert: they melt, and are the perfect balance between hot and cold. The cinnamon, too, adds a touch that’s just right.
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup unsweetened soy milk
- ½ ripe banana, mashed
- ½ cup rolled oats
- dash of cinnamon
- 1 tbsp. peanut butter
- ⅓ cup frozen wild blueberries
In a small to medium saucepan, bring the water and milk to a boil. Add the mashed banana, oats, and cinnamon. Let simmer for about 5 minutes, until you’ve reached your desired consistency. The oats thicken the longer they sit, so I like to lean toward the side of runnier. Next, pour your oat mixture into a bowl. Add in the frozen blueberries on one side, and drizzle the peanut butter on top. Dig in right away!
Note: While I prefer to make oatmeal the day of, you can make oatmeal ahead of time. Keep it in an air-tight container in the fridge, and when ready to eat, add milk to compensate for the thickness. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, and add in your toppings!
There are tons of quick-cooking oatmeal packets out there, but they are filled to the max with sugar. I highly suggest making your own oatmeal, as it’s super easy and doesn’t take that long. Your body will thank you!