Do you ever get into breakfast ruts? I love a savory breakfast, but it’s not always easy to make a quick tofu scramble before work or a run. But sweet breakfasts are much simpler.
Whole grains are typically the base of any vegan diet, and oatmeal is a favorite. I cycle through overnight oat phases, but lately, I’ve been enjoying them hot. I used to cook rolled oats slowly on the stove, but have recently made the switch to quick oats. What’s even better is that I can heat them up in the microwave, so I’m only dirtying one bowl!
I’m not loyal to one brand. I’ve used store brands, organic, and Quaker Oats all with similar results. I use them for breakfast, but also to make energy balls!
Quick oats are super simple to prepare. Just add equal parts quick oats and water with a generous dash of salt in a microwave safe bowl, and heat for 2 minutes. I normally use 1/3 to 1/2 cup of oats, depending on how hungry I am. If you want to add dried fruit like raisins, add these to the mix before cooking so they will soften. Once cooked, stir, add toppings, and enjoy!
Here are some of my favorites:
Maple and Brown Sugar with raisins and strawberries.
Chocolate Peanut Butter with banana. Hershey’s simply 5 syrup is accidentally vegan!
Maple and Brown Sugar with raisins and blueberries.
Sometimes I just keep it simply maple, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
I’ve found this breakfast to be great fuel for my work day or a longer run! Plus, it’s almost as quick as the instant oatmeal packets, but I can control the amount of sugar in the mix. I might try dried apricots one day instead of raisins, or try topping with nuts or pepitas, too. Oatmeal is such a great canvas for creativity in the kitchen!
Do you like to fuel with oatmeal? What are your favorite ways to dress up this whole grain? I’d love to hear about it! As always, I hope you all are safe and healthy.