If you’re looking to go vegan or want to start eating healthier, switching to vegan breakfasts is a great way to start. Oatmeal is one of my favorite go-to breakfasts because it’s so easy to make, very affordable and delicious. What I love most about it is that you can combine it with any toppings you desire so that it never gets boring. Here’s how to make a delicious oatmeal bowl in just a few easy steps:
- Cook the oats. Depending on how hungry you are, cook about 1/2 to 3/4 cup quick oats in 1 – 1 1/2 cups water at medium to high heat for 3 minutes. Add 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional), stir well and cook at low to medium heat for 2 more minutes. Add a little liquid, either water or plant milk, if necessary. I prefer quick oats because they’re easier and quicker to prepare, but you can also use steel cut oats. An alternative to cooking the oats would be soaking them in plant-based milk overnight. For that, simply soak 1/2 to 3/4 cup quick oats in twice the amount of plant-based milk (I love cashew, almond or soy milk, but any will do) in a jar and mix in your desired flavors and sweeteners. Place the jar in the fridge overnight.
- Sweeten. My favorite natural and vegan sweetener is maple syrup, but you could also use brown rice syrup, coconut sugar, coconut nectar, dates, date syrup or blackstrap molasses. Add about 1 tsp to 1 tbsp depending on how sweet you like it.
- Add the toppings. Feel free to add a splash of cashew milk to your oatmeal bowl to make it even creamier. In addition, you can add any fruits you like, like sliced apples, berries, figs, sliced peaches, kiwis, pears… Nuts, seeds and nut butters are a wonderful addition as well and they provide plenty of healthy fats and protein. If you use frozen fruit, you can cook it at the same time as the oats.
(pictured above: oatmeal with soy milk, vanilla extract, maple syrup, frozen blueberries and raspberries and pecans)