Oats are infused with a strong chai tea, coconut milk, additional spices, sweet raisins, a splash of stevia and then topped with more coconut milk, crystallized ginger and raisins. This breakfast is a true treat that will sweeten your day naturally.
There is something so comforting about a big bowl of oatmeal in the cool, brisk morning. After a big thunderstorm rolled in last night, the air was fresh, crisp and cool. A smoothie was out of the question, oatmeal was the answer. I usually make the same batch of Oatmeal Raisin, it is our favorite, but thought I'd try something new so I could share with you all. Few ingredients create a sweet and filling base. Oats, dairy free milk, cinnamon, vanilla and a pinch of salt, sweetened with cranberries, though maple syrup or agave could be used. I like to keep it simple, so tossed it all in my rice cooker, pressed cook, read a book and just as I was getting into the book, breakfast is ready! Easy! I stirred in 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries to create that "pie" experience of warm berries bursting in your mouth. Plus, my dad would notoriously do this, so it reminded me of him. Then, as if that were not enough, top it with more dairy free milk, a drizzle of agave or maple syrup and lots of fresh berries. Breakfast is served! Beautiful, nutritious, quick, easy and so healthy!
Watch the video or get the recipe below.
2/3 Cups Oats
1 1/2 Cups Dairy Free Milk
1 tsp Cinnamon
Pinch Sea Salt
1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
2/3 Cups Cranberries or other dried fruit
Once cooked stir in:
1/2 Cup Blueberries
1/4 cup Dairy Free Milk
Opt: Drizzle of Agave
Additional Raspberries, Blueberries and Blackberries.
“Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” Mother Teresa
This morning we awoke very early. Early enough to still see the moon shining in its glory and catch the colors of the sky, pre-sunrise, then watch the sun rise. It was very chilly but worth it to catch a glimpse before the daily buzz of the world began. The loudest sound was the chitter chatter of the birds.
We started our day with an overnight chia-oat parfait! Overnight oats with chia seeds, infused with vanilla, cinnamon and instant coffee then layered with nuts, fresh fruit and coconut flakes. Yum! The layered effect takes on a parfait like experience with new flavors to explore with each bite. If coffee isn't your thing, pass and it will still be heavenly! I started without it and added it on a whim. At first I thought it was in error but after soaking overnight and infusing the flavors I was happily surprised with each bite in the morning. With hues of red, white and blue you can feel the happy plant-based vibes! Have a great day!
Overnight Café Chia-Oats:
1 1/2 Cup Plant Based Milk (Cashew or Almond are great)
3/4 Cup Oats
2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
3/4 tsp Instant Coffee
1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
2 Tbsp Agave (or favorite)
Pinch Sea Salt
1 Cup Banana Slices
1/2 Cup Cashews
Opt: 1/4 Cup Raspberries and 1/8 Cup Blueberries
Opt: 1 Tbsp Coconut Flakes
Chocolate is food from the gods; it's energy, vitality, oneness.
Murray Langham, Chocolate Therapy
Raspberries, a touch of cream, a hint of vanilla, pinch of salt, cranberries and oats create a pie-like base that is luxuriously delicious as is. Add an extra bit of cream on top with a healthy chocolate sauce and you are in heaven! We both licked our bowls. There is something magical about combining raspberries with chocolate. We are blessed to live near acres of raspberry farms and can buy big bags for a unbelievably low price so you may find some extra raspberry recipes this season. I am like a kid in a candy shop only this one is super healthy! Enjoy life with a pleasurable breakfast.
Raspberry & Cream Oatmeal with Chocolate Sauce - Serves 2
Idea inspired from one of my favorite sources of chocolate inspiration Chocolate Covered Katie. Recipe modified from Strawberry Creme Oatmeal with Ruby Red Gems found in my new cookbook!
Without chocolate sauce and cream it looks like this. Still delicious!
To healthy yet delicious food with love,
PS - My husband is having a new event in Mexico City! I will be on site and would love the chance to meet you, share and even have some vegan food together! Wouldn't that be awesome! There will be a full day lecture and 2 full day tours. One is to the National Museum of Anthropology and the other is to Tula and Teotihuacan! This is the largest city in the world with more to do and see than you can imagine. We visited Mexico City and the sites in late 2015, climbed the pyramids and it is a must do. Hope to see you there. Love, Christa
Carrot cake for breakfast? Not quite cake but the taste is incredibly similar! What a delightful treat. After over a week of cleansing my husband and I treated ourselves to a big warm bowl of oatmeal. Not just any oatmeal, carrot cake oatmeal. It had one big carrot in it so I felt good serving it up. I looked up some of the best carrot cake recipes and took the healthy portions like the carrots, walnuts, cinnamon, vanilla and added some raisins and oats to create one heck of a way to start your day. Impress your loved ones with a memorable breakfast. "That was delicious honey" raved my husband!
Prep Time: 5-10 Minutes | Cook Time: 15-20 Minutes | Servings: 3 Bowls
Calories: 522 Calories per bowl
We ate this all between the two of us! Feel free to do the same. It is so delicious it is hard not to! We also got in a lot of movement and had a salad and soup for dinner to balance it out. If you are watching calories, divide it into 4 servings at 392 calories per person. I hope you LOVE this delicious breakfast! Love, Christa
Learn one of our favorite recipes for a cool morning. It's so simple you toss ingredients in a rice cooker, press cook and then breakfast is ready! I love a healthy start to the day and that is what you will find with no dairy, refined sugar and if you use gluten-free oats - no gluten. Oatmeal is a rich source of fiber which can help reduce your cholesterol level, boost your immune system, improve digestion and stabilize glycemic levels, learn more here. Enjoy this breakfast, one of my husband's favorites!
Total Time: 20 Minutes | Prep Time: 5 Minutes | Cook Time: 15 Minutes | Servings: 2 Bowls
First, I like to make homemade nut milk. For this recipe I did almond milk, simply because that is what we had on hand.
Homemade Almond Milk
Blend on high speed for 50 seconds or on Juice Setting. Filter and store for other recipes. Reserve 1 1/2 cups unfiltered as well as the almond mash, use in the recipe below.
Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal
Note: Gluten-Free Oats are not recommended for those with a severe allergy to Gluten such as Celiac disease.
My husband and I have a serious love for bananas! They are so versatile, creamy, sweet and tasty! This oatmeal honors our love for bananas with a serious amount of bananas creating a creamy oatmeal to make again and again. We've already enjoyed this recipe over 5 times and again this morning! Some mornings call for a nice, warm, hearty start to the day, this meal meets the requirements. You can choose the level of oats for how big of a breakfast you are seeking. This is so yummy and a big favorite of ours, especially when you add extra toppings for fun and beauty!
Banana Cream Oatmeal
Sometimes you want a big warm bowl of comforting oatmeal for breakfast. Oats, coconut milk and warming spices such as ginger dance around juicy, plump raisins and cranberries. The nice part about this recipe is how easy it is, all made in a rice cooker. Combine the ingredients, stir, press cook on the rice cooker, and a short while later the magical "click" alerts you to let you know your breakfast is ready. This recipe was a big hit. My husband's instant reaction was "oh my gosh it's good"! Enjoy this simple and nutritious breakfast from my heart and kitchen to yours!
Total Time: 25 Minutes | Prep Time: 5 Minutes | Cook Time: 20 Minutes | Serves: 2
This recipe can also be made on the stove-top. Fresh fruit on top with a splash of non-dairy milk is fabulous.
Warm oats are cooked in cashew milk with apple pie spices, diced apple, ripe banana, sweetened with stevia and dates served with banana slices on top!
We usually start each morning with a smoothie but I broke the tradition this morning. I awoke with a burst of energy and a desire to try something new.
I started combining ingredients to create an apple pie like experience that was nourishing and satisfying. With complete success it tasted so good we ate it all. Fortunately I made it with two large healthy servings in mind for a wholesome start to our week!
Oats and Apples and warm oatmeal remind me of the fall, of yummy warm oatmeal varieties at home with my family, of the Quaker packets I would have at work in the morning and enjoy in my cubicle with a cup of black hazelnut coffee. Now I can enjoy it with my sweetheart filled with wholesome ingredients and served with a cup of our favorite coffee. Yum!
Oats are popular all over the world! With apples in season it makes a meal to be enjoyed across the world! To create this satisfying meal you will need:
I hope you enjoy this breakfast as much as we did!
For week 3 of Vegan MoFo 2014 expect World Fusion Vegan Cuisine from me! Inspiration for the theme came from my most favorite cookbook:
I have yet to try a recipe I didn't absolutely drool over, it will have you feeling like a top grade chef! The pictures are so beautiful, the recipes are very creative and it is filled with inspirational quotes. The book is very high quality with each recipe hand crafted. My book is very worn out and I'm so happy to have a copy.
I may have told the story once before but for those who haven't heard it hear is how I stumbled upon this book....
I was working in a corporate environment in San Diego. The woman who sat behind me was once a vegan but was no longer practicing that lifestyle. She was intrigued and we'd often share life, as you do in such close circumstances. She mentioned she had a cookbook that they no longer used. She surprised me with it and it was the "Blossoming Lotus" cookbook! I was shocked and started telling her all about how Gerald spent time in Kauai learning Structural Integration and his favorite restaurant while he was living there was none other than The Blossoming Lotus Cafe! He would eat there daily if he could and even treated his fellow classmates to a meal there he loved it so much. He raved about it to me and now I held their cookbook via a synchronicity! The very first recipe I tried was a smashing success. Acorn Squash with Wild Rice Pilaf covered in Avalon's Magic Mushroom Gravy! Doesn't that sound good? I love their creative names.
One of our favorite meals I ever made was Sat Cit Ananda's Chana Masala with Mahatma's Mung Dahl and Mango Chutney! I gave it 10 stars "Best Ever", it tasted like we went out to an Indian restaurant but maybe better! :)
I highly recommend this cookbook to vegans and non-vegans alike! YUM!
To a great new week!
PS - I was so stoked to start the week with good news! The Blueberry Nicecream enjoyed last week was featured in Vegan MoFo 2014 – Sunday Round Up
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