It’s winter here in my part of the globe and a COLD winter it is. Over the past few weeks we have been experiencing unusually low temperatures for our region. When the weather gets like this I switch into to “warming” mode, which means that I focus on keeping my body as warm as possible and protecting against seasonal cold and flu.
I typically increase my intake of teas. However, this week I decided that I also felt inclined to add soups and hearty oatmeal. There is something that is comforting for me about warm, hearty oatmeal on a cold, winter morning. Because I am conscious of my sugar and carb intake, due to my challenges with PCOS and Insulin Resistance, I don’t really trust the conventional store brands of oatmeal. I have found that most of them contain ingredients that are unhealthy for me like high fructose corn syrup, added sugars, and have a high carb load.
So I choose to make my own oatmeal with lots of love and fresh, all natural ingredients that I know are healing and beneficial to my health. Here is a picture of my most recent adventure making steel cut oats with love in the kitchen:
I’m excited to share this recipe with you! Give it a try and let me know how it turned out for you.
4 cups of almond milk (regular, sweetened is best)
2 cups of steel cut oats
1/2 cup of quinoa (I used rainbow, but you can use any kind)
1/4 cup of flax seeds
3 tablespoons of chia seeds
1 full scoop of vegan protein powder (this is optional)
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon (I like mine spicy so I use extra)
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
1 cup of fresh strawberries (I prefer organic)
- Combine the oats, chia seeds, flax seeds, quinoa, protein powder, and cinnamon in the pan and stir dry to mix up the ingredients well
- Add the almond milk
- Begin cooking on low heat for approximately 5 minutes
- Stir slowly and continuously
- Add coconut oil
- Add vanilla extract
- Add natural sweetener if desired (maple syrup, stevia)
- Once the liquid begins to “bubble” turn off heat.
- Serve in a beautiful bowl and top with sliced strawberries
Serves 4 people.
For alternate ingredients you can always add these items for variety:
- other berries
So go ahead and give it a try! Then leave me a message to let me know how it went. I’d love to hear from you.
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