I have posted pictures of these Morning Oats with Hemp Milk, Chia Seeds, and Berries on my Instagram stories, and it barely feels like a recipe, but I get asked by a number of people what it is! So, I thought I would share the “recipe” here!
This time of year, we are all recovering from the sugar, carb, and alcohol coma of the holiday season. My husband and I are taking the month of January to limit sugar, dairy, and meat. I often do this when I feel like I have been eating terrible. It can easily happen during the holidays, but it happens throughout the year during almost any holiday/birthday/celebration. You know I love to bake, and will never give it up, but I do find that I feel better when I limit those things daily, and enjoy it when it is a special occasion. So, in order to get back on track, I like to do a “detox.” I use that term a little loosely, because I don’t starve myself or only eat carrot sticks, but I do focus on eating real food, cut out processed sugar and flour, and limit dairy to the half and half in my coffee.
I cannot believe the amount of people who don’t eat breakfast. I understand that life is busy, but I cannot function if I don’t eat something first thing in the morning…and drink coffee, but that’s another story. It is such a good way to start your day not the right foot. Oatmeal is a really good thing to eat in the morning, because it fills you up, is full of fiber, and is a great blank canvas for other added flavors.
Hemp milk is my favorite dairy replacement. Nothing can really replace the creaminess of milk, but hemp milk fills the void. It has a mild nutty flavor, and is slightly creamy. For this oatmeal recipe, I add half hemp milk and half water, since I think that seems to be a better combination than all hemp milk. I found it can be a little heavy if you use all hemp milk.
I like to top the oatmeal with chia seeds. They are an easy way to add tons of healthy omegas in such an easy way. The flavor reminds me of poppy seeds, a little pop of mild flavor. You can add chia seeds to anything and everything. After being in liquid, the seeds start to form a gelatin like coating around them. Don’t let this freak you out…it’s good! This actually helps to pull and extract toxins from your body.
- This amount serves two people and can easily be cut in half for a single serving:
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup unsweetened hemp milk
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- pinch of salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon, add more is desired
- chia seeds and any fruit of choice for topping
- drizzle of honey; optional
- Place the water, hemp milk, water, oats, cinnamon, and salt in a pot over medium high heat
- Stir well together, and continue to stir
- Allow the mixture to come to a slight boil, then reduce to a simmer
- Stir frequently
- Cook until the oats plump up, and it has started to thicken
- You still want it to be creamy and able to pour, if you cook it too much it could become too thick; if this happens, add a bit more milk or water to help
- Pour the oats evenly into two bowls
- Top with a drizzle of honey, chia seeds, and any fruit you like; I like strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries