A Well Balanced Gluten-Free Oatmeal Breakfast

 
A Well Balanced Gluten-Free Oatmeal Breakfast.  Healthy quick recipe.

I love a good smoothie in the morning, but when it’s cold outside, I can’t bring myself to drink something cold. Instead, I prefer to opt for a cozier start to the day. When I started the elimination diet (you can read more on that by clicking here), I was a little nervous about my breakfast options because I had to cut out eggs, which were my go-tos when I wasn’t feeling the smoothie life but still needed a quick, healthy breakfast. This gluten-free oatmeal recipe has been my go-to basically all winter (especially while I did the elimination diet). Because oatmeal is predominately carbs, it doesn’t keep me full for very long by itself, so to make sure my blood sugar stays balanced and my energy steady, I like to add protein, healthy fat, and fiber to make it more balanced.

This meal does a great job keeping me full and energized for around 3-4 hours, and I love how you can customize the flavors. I’m currently brainstorming ideas on how to add vegetables to this so I can be sure to get at least 9 cups per day, so stay tuned!

A Well Balanced Gluten-Free Oatmeal Breakfast

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup of dry gluten-free oats (my favorite brand is Bob’s Red Mill)

  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk or water

  • 15gm vanilla protein powder (my favorite is Tone It Up Protein Powder)

  • 1 TBS of chia seeds

  • 1 TBS of raw almond butter

  • A drizzle of local honey or natural maple syrup

  • Cinnamon

  • Optional Toppings: Blueberries, gogi berries, mulberries, blackberries, almonds, walnuts, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc. Try a variety and see which ones are your favorites! (mine are blueberries and gogi berries)

DIRECTIONS

Add oats and milk or water to a large bowl, cover (I only cover half of the bowl, because when I cover the whole thing it always overflows and makes a mess) and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Depending on your preferred consistency, you may need to add a little more milk or water to it after adding the protein powder. Cozy up and enjoy immediately!