Updated: Oct 18, 2020
Do you find oatmeal a bit of a bore? I beg to differ! Compared to other grains, oats are high in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and protein...and they can be dressed up beautifully! Try my recipe below...
Oats are recommended by doctors for lowering blood sugar and cholesterol, as well as soothing skin conditions and constipation. Oatmeal is an ideal quick healthy breakfast (or anytime meal) because it is so filling. Combined with healthy fats (ghee/coconut oil) they provide long-lasting energy. For new mamas, all of these benefits are wonderful AND its worth noting that oats are also galactagogues, meaning they promote breastmilk production. For another oat-filled recipe, check out my lactation cookies! Oatmeal easily fits with Ayurvedic postpartum diet recommendations because it is warm, mushy, and it can be a wonderful carrier for beneficial fats and warming spices (cinnamon - but also nutmeg, turmeric, cardamom, cloves, etc). So if you have written oatmeal off for being boring or because you haven't had a great time with it in the past, give it another go - you might love it!
Molly's Bountiful Oatmeal
1 c oats (rolled or steel cut)
2 c milk or milk substitute (you may need a bit more liquid for steel cut oats)
2 T ghee or coconut oil
1/2 c chopped dried fruit (raisins, prunes, dates, apricots, etc)
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t salt
1 t sesame seeds
1 T nut butter
1 handful nuts/seeds (almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds)
1T cacao nibs
optional toppings: honey, molasses, maple syrup, fresh fruit, additional dried fruit, yogurt, cream (dairy or coconut) Instructions
Put oats, milk, 1T ghee/oil, dried fruit, cinnamon, salt, and sesame seeds in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until oats are fully cooked.
Put 1/2 of the cooked oats in a beautiful bowl
Top hot oatmeal with remaining 1T ghee/oil, Nut butter, nuts/seeds, cacao nibs, more fruit, and any of the optional toppings listed.
Inhale the amazing aroma of abundance
Eat and enjoy...snack on leftovers throughout the day or warm up for breakfast tomorrow!
Life Beyond Birth provides support for expectant parents, and new babies & their families, online and in-person. Find a class or contact Molly at www.lifebeyondbirth.com.