“It’ll keep you full, energised, it’s packed with nutrients and so delicious that sometimes I feel like I’m eating cake batter for breakfast!”
- 80g/1 cup oats
- Plant Milk – almond is particularly nice in porridge!
- 1 banana – the riper the better
- Frozen berries
- Peanut butter
- Pour the oats into a pan, or a bowl if you’re using a microwave.
- Pour in roughly 250ml of plant milk – after making it a few times you’ll work out the amount of liquid that’s right for you, depending on how thick or runny you like it. If in doubt, use less liquid because you can always add more as it cooks.
- Slice the banana and add the majority of it to the mixture, leaving a little bit to use as a topping at the end.
- Stir in some cinnamon (you can never have too much of it!)
- Cook it on medium heat for around 10 minutes, or when the oats have expanded and are absorbing the liquid. Take it off the heat when it’s reached your desired consistency.
I personally like my oatmeal super thick so I’ll leave it to cook a little longer, but some people like it a bit more runny and smooth. Totally up to you!
In the microwave (the quicker way!)
- Cook on medium-high for two minutes, take it out and stir, then put it back in for another minute and a half.
Whichever method you use, the most important thing is when the banana starts to soften from the heat (around halfway through cooking), take a spoon and mash it into the mixture. This will thicken the oats and it really sweetens it. You won’t feel the need to add any sugar or sweetener if you do this, especially if the banana is really ripe.
Pour it into a bowl and add your toppings! In the picture, I used the last little bit of the banana, frozen blueberries and two teaspoons of peanut butter. Frozen berries are always a good option, not only because they’re cheaper than fresh and they last forever, but it cools down the oatmeal making it ready to eat straight away. And the way they melt into the oats is pure perfection!
TIP: When you’re first trying out veganism, sometimes it can be quite overwhelming how much bigger your portion sizes need to be. If you’re not a big breakfast person or you think oatmeal might be a bit heavy for you first thing in the morning, just make it with half-plant milk and half water instead. You could even make it completely with water if you want a really light breakfast, but do keep in mind that it might not fill you up as much.
More from Holly: @plantbaesd
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