4. Vanilla Oatmeal

Vanilla Oatmeal

How about a hot bowl of creamy vanilla oats for breakfast? I think I’m in, what about you? Vanilla and oats are incredibly calming when combined, and if you’re not into oatmeal for breakfast, save this as a nightly dessert instead! It’s very warming, which is perfect for these chilly winter nights! You could also make extra and keep them in your fridge for an easy grab and go breakfast the next day. The real vanilla bean pods make this extra special, but if you don’t have any, just use extract instead.

Serves: 2


2 cups of water

pinch of salt

2 cups old-fashioned oats

scrapings of 1 vanilla bean (or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract)

2 tbsp. dark brown sugar (or maple syrup, honey, coconut sugar or 5 droppers of liquid vanilla stevia)

½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon)- optional

Optional ingredients: walnuts, raisins, cranberries, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, or pecans


In a medium saucepan, bring the water and salt to a boil. Stir in the oats and any dried fruit if using. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, uncovered, for 4 minutes. When the oats are cooked remove pan from the stove, and stir in the vanilla and spices if using. Stir in your sweetener of choice and serve in two bowls, or eat half and store the rest for later. Pour 1/4 cup of milk on top of each bowl for an extra creamy touch, and top with any other optional ingredients like nuts or seeds.

Note* If using quick cook oatmeal, just cook the oatmeal according to the directions on the package and stir the other ingredients into the mix, and top with nuts or seeds and the additional almond milk last.

Source: foodnetwork.com

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