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Aronia Berry Oatmeal



Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You certainly have heard this statement at least once before. And it's true. We do need a nutritious breakfast to provide us with steady energy up until lunch time or even early afternoon. I like having a simple breakfast packed with just enough protein, healthy omega-3s and carbohydrates to keep me satisfied and energized throughout my morning tasks. This Aronia Berry Oatmeal recipe is exactly what I go for most of the time. It is extremely easy to make and could be a perfect on-the-go breakfast option. For people who have less time in the morning there is always the option to prepare it in the evening and let all the goodness soak overnight. This allows for better digestion and absorption of the nutrients. Another thing I love about this recipe is its rich antioxidant profile. Antioxidants are so much more needed nowadays, considering the overall pollution we are witnessing around us. And let's not forget the fiber! Your gut flora is going to thank you later for this prebiotic bomb. But let's get into the recipe now!

ARONIA BERRY OATMEAL

VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE

YIELD: makes one portion


INGREDIENTS:

  • 200 ml plant-based yogurt (I used organic soy yogurt with bacterial cultures)

  • 5 tbsp gluten-free quick-cooking oats *

  • 1 tsp aronia powder

  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds

  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds

  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

  • 1/2 to 1 cup of frozen berries

  • Coconut flakes and cacao nibs for garnish


DIRECTIONS:

  1. Add the oats and the aronia powder to the yogurt and let the oats soften for a bit.

  2. Add the frozen berries and the seeds.

  3. Sprinkle with cacao nibs and coconut flakes.

  4. Drizzle the maple syrup on top.

  5. Mix and allow the seeds to soften. **

  6. Voilà! Enjoy!


NOTES:

* I use rolled or quick-cooking oats, because they soften up much easier. The reason for that is that they usually go through some processing beforehand. I highly recommend steel-cut oats for people with blood sugar imbalances, since they keep the sugar levels steadier compared to other types of oats. Steel-cut oats are also perfect for the overnight version of this recipe.

** Make sure you let the seeds soften after you assemble your breakfast. This makes them much easier to digest and increases the absorption rate of their nutrients. Alternatively, prepare your breakfast the night before and let it soak overnight.



Hope you enjoyed this recipe!


Sending you love,

Antoniya





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