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Do you agree that having an overnight oatmeal in the morning is the best way to start your day? This vegan oatmeal does not involve cooking and is a wonder superfood to indulge your body with! Even my always-food-skeptical older son loves it 😉
I am sure you have heard not once but many times that starting a morning with a good breakfast is very important and will boost your mind and body with the energy you need.
This is so true!
Healthy and nutritious breakfast is as good for your body and mind as a good nourishing skin routine for your face. (Furthermore, I will compare a good sleep to the cleansing routine if you are wondering about that ;)) All is connected and equally important.
Vegan Oatmeal Health Benefits
This specific recipe is loaded with all great ingredients that will provide you with a healthy amount of vitamins and minerals, healthy fats, protein, and carbs. This is why I join millions of oatmeal fans who call this meal a superfood.
Oats, chia seeds, banana, berries, plant-based milk, flaxseeds, and a “secret ingredient” – peanut butter, are all absolute champions in terms of benefits to health. All together – they are an explosion of all things good.
I got a tip about using the peanut butter for the oatmeal from one of the girls at work. It is a perfect addition to the oatmeal and fills it it with the plant-based protein.
The links above are all for your convenience if you are curious to find out more what is so good about all these products 🙂
Anyway, I like my oatmeal two ways. And there is a reason for what option to use.
Are you ready for the recipes?
1) Vegan Overnight Oatmeal
The beauty of this recipe is that it takes literally takes 5 to 7 minutes in the evening to prepare it, and you have a delicious breakfast waiting for you in the morning.
All you need is to mash a banana with a fork, add rolled oats, chia seeds, plant-based milk, berries, and mix it all. If your kitchen is colder you can leave it on the counter overnight. However, if you are in a warmer country, you will want to keep it in the fridge.
You can use fresh or frozen berries, apple and a pinch of cinnamon, or dry fruit to vary it. We usually pick-up fresh organic berries in summer and freeze them for year-round use.
Mash banana with a fork so it still has a few chunks and mix it with peanut butter.
Add oats, chia seeds, sunflower and/or pumpkin seeds.
Add plant-based milk and berries and mix. Store it on the kitchen counter or in the fridge.
If you want it warm, warm it up in the microwave or on the stove for a minute. Only add the flax meal after you heat the meal.
2) Vegan Overnight Oats “Pudding”
Though I call this an “overnight” oats pudding, the best part of it is that you can eat it almost right away. I usually make it in the morning if I was too tired to make it the night before.
The first time I made this, it reminded me of the Russian sweet soft cheese “tvorog”. As a former cheese lover, I was so happy to come up with this recipe and now, many times, I make this option instead.
This is also a sweeter option. So if you have a sweet tooth, then you will probably like this option more. However, if you are on a calorie count, you may want to omit the Medjool date as it adds a few calories to the recipe.
However, since it is a morning meal, I don’t worry much about the calories and like having this natural sweetener in my oatmeal.
Little kitchen helper for this recipe
You will need a blender for this recipe, and I have been using this one for many years now.
Simply add banana, plant-based milk, Medjool date, peanut butter, and rolled oats to the blender and run it for about a minute or less. Pour it into a jar or a bowl, add berries or fruit, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and leave it for about 10 minutes or overnight if you make it at night. Add the flax meal when you are ready to enjoy your meal 🙂
Add banana, rolled oats, Medjool date, plant-based milk to a blender and run it for a minute.
Pour the mix into a jar or a bowl, add berries, chia seeds, sunflower or pumpkin seeds and leave it for 10 minutes or overnight.
Add flax meal and enjoy!
Will you give this meal a few more points?
I think these simple recipes deserve a few more points as you can pack it into a small jar and take it to work if you are in a hurry.
There will be 3 prizes for the best achievements at the end of the year 😉
What is your favourite breakfast that is vegan and healthy? Do you have a “secret” ingredient or recipe that makes it special? Please share your comments below. As always, we are very open for discussion 🙂