The cold weather is here in Melbourne which means more oat bowls in the mornings. After making hundreds of these, I’ve found some simple hacks to make them the creamiest, fluffiest, most delicious oats you can ever have.
I have 3 simple tips for you:
- Add a RIPE BANANA while cooking your oats on stove-top. This also acts as your natural sweetener.
- Cook with twice as much milk (I use homemade cashew or almond milk) instead of just plain water.
- Cook over low heat for about 8-9 minutes while stirring constantly.
NO TIME TO COOK?
Not a problem! I know you’re one busy person, so if you don’t have time every morning to make a fresh bowl of oats, then prep them ahead of time during weekends. You can double the recipe and portion them into containers which you can either chill or freeze. Then just rehead with a bit of water or milk once ready to eat.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE TOPPINGS
Let’s be honest, a plain bowl of oats ain’t gonna cut it for you everytime and especially for your picky eaters at home! One way to jazz up your oat bowls is by using a variety of healthy, delicious toppings:
- Caramelized fruits: peaches, apples, bananas — cook with a bit of coconut sugar or pure maple
- Berry compote: mixed berries slow-cooked with pure maple and lemon juice
- Fresh fruits: berries, plums, mangoes, kiwis (go for what’s local & seasonal)
- Add superfoods: chia seeds, coconut flakes, flaxseeds, goji berries
- Dark chocolate, cacao nibs – just because everything is better with chocolate!
- Peanut or other nut butter (almond or cashew)
- Add crunch: walnuts, pecans, almond flakes, pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
- Use natural sweeteners: pure maple or honey
Your options are endless! Experiment which combos do you love and don’t be scared to try out new ingredients as well.
Go for more colors, texture, nutrient density and of course flavor.
So now that you’ve found out my tips and hacks, you now “oat” to make this recipe!?
(Makes 2 servings)
3/4 cup rolled oats
1.5 cups nut milk (add more throughout the cooking if you find it too thick)
1 ripe banana, sliced
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Toppings of choice
In a saucepan, add the oats, milk and bananas.
Cook for about 8-9 minutes, stirring constantly.
Once cooked and creamy, transfer to bowls and serve with favorite toppings.
To store leftover oats, transfer to mason jars and cover with lid.
If you try any of these recipes, share your feedback and comments below.
Stay healthy, stay happy!