I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to share my basic oats recipe, considering it’s one of my breakfast staples. What ever the season, I tend to enjoy a big bowl of oats at least a few times a week. It’s akin to a big hug for your insides, nourishing your body and fuelling you for the day ahead.
Oats are a breakfast essential for me for two main reasons: I can always rely on oats to provide lots of long-lasting energy, and second, they’re goddamn delicious. So I thought it would be nice to finally share with you the recipe for my standard oats.
It goes without saying that a good bowl of oats comes down to the oats themself: they need to be thick, creamy and slightly sweet. However, the key to an amazing bowl of oats, for me, is toppings. I’m all for toppings. I would even go to say that oatmeal is 80% toppings. It’s where you can enhance the flavour, add texture and experiment with different combinations. Without fail my toppings include fruit (banana, blueberries), a hint of sweetener (coconut sugar or maple syrup), dried fruit (figs, dates or sultanas), a crunch factor (pepitas, cacao nibs or buckwheat groats) and nut butter (almond butter, tahini or peanut butter). A combination of these toppings – generously sprinkled atop of creamy, steaming oats – always guarantees a delicious bowl of oaty goodness.
This recipe will give you the perfect base for amazing oats – the toppings, however, are entirely up to you. Experiment with flavours and combinations, and don’t be afraid to add as much as you want!
My Basic (But Delicious) Oats Recipe
Makes one serving.
1/2 cup wholegrain rolled oats
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup water
1/2 mashed banana
1 tsp vanilla extract
In a small saucepan, combine the oats and cinnamon, then add the milk and water and bring to a bowl. Turn to low and add in the mashed banana and vanilla extract. Simmer for around 5 minutes, making sure to stir often until the oats become thick and creamy. Pour the oats into a bowl and add your desired toppings.