Eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard, boring, expensive or time consuming. It can be easy to get stuck eating the same thing over and over because you can’t think of other ideas or maybe you are just someone who likes to eat the same meal over and over. But switching your meals can add variation to your diet as well as makes you enjoy different meals.
So as I wrote in my nutritional benefits of oatmeal post, there are many things you can do with oats. Stove cooked oatmeal, baked oats, overnight oats, granola, banana and oatpancakes and the list goes on. And the flavour combo for all of these varies.
But a super simple combo which I haven’t yet made or shared a recipe for is banana oatmeal. And no, it is just not just oatmeal which you add banana on top of. But you add a mashed banana to the oats when cooking. Preferably with some plantbased milk, cinnamon and vanilla as well. And cook on medium heat so that it becomes the perfect creamy texture! You can add other options for sweetener to make it sweeter such as stevia or syrup, or just using a very ripe banana.
I combined my banana oats with another banana which I had caramelized… the recipe is HERE. But it is really as simple as frying the banana slices in a little margarine or oil, then adding some orange juice or syrup until caramelized.
And also roasted walnuts. You can roast the walnuts in the oven, a few minutes in 200C. Or fry in a pan for a few minutes until they begin to get a little crispy, which is what I did. Roasting the nuts adds so much more flavour according to me.
So there you have a very nutritious and healthy breakfast which should keep you full for a long time… or until lunch anyway! You can add some vanilla soy protein to the oats for extra protein and texture, or swap the walnuts for almonds or just omit them. Or you could add some chia seeds or flaxseeds to your oatmeal when cooking as they help add volume and even creaminess to the oats.