I’m a huge morning person if you haven’t noticed yet. Which for me includes eating a gigantic, filling breakfast. As a result of my budget, oatmeal has become my crutch. Not only is it healthy, convenient, easy and packed with protein (11 grams in each cup) – but it’s also sweet, luxurious and pretty! Everyone else thinks oatmeal is pretty, too, right?
I discovered this particularly awesome combination while scrounging for food in our under-stocked pantry. It’s crazy how much I procrastinate shopping when I work at the grocery store! Anyways, I was impressed enough to share this with you all. This recipe provides two servings of about 1 1/2 cups very thick cooked oatmeal. I could eat the whole batch to be honest ._.
But for normal people – it will feed two hugry adults.
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup water
1 cup rice/almond milk (or more if you like thin oatmeal)
1 pinch of salt
2-4 tbsp pumpkin pie spice (to taste)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 tbsp honey
2 cups chopped fresh or frozen strawberries (the riper the better; feel free to experiment with other berries)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, except rolled oats. Cook until boiling, stirring occasionally.
When water is at a rolling boil add oats. Cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and serve warm for best taste.
As I always say in my recipes, I encourage you to play around with the spices and maybe try some cool toppings. Whipped cashew cream would be phenomenal on this. So would an extra kick of grated fresh ginger with sliced almonds. Ooh. Or walnuts!