This delicious and super easy to make oatmeal recipe has become my absolute favorite breakfast. And it is very Instagrammable also. 😉
I would separate this recipe into three parts: the oatmeal, the homemade (no added sugar) berries jam and the topping.
Here are the ingredients for the oatmeal (2 servings):
- Oats – 10 tbsp
- Water – just enough to cover the oats; adjust along the way.
- Salt – a pinch (they say it enhances the flavor)
- Chia seeds – 2 tsp
- Flax seeds – 2 tsp
- Cocoa – 1 tbsp
- Cinnamon – 1 tsp
- Banana – 1, diced
How to make:
Add the oats, water and a pinch of salt to a saucepan and start stirring. Be very careful, because the mixture tends to stick to the pan. The good thing is that the oats absorb the water really fast, so it does not take long to prepare. Then add the chia seeds, the flax seeds, cocoa, cinnamon, and mix well. Cut a banana in small pieces and add it to the mixture, in order for it to caramelize and provide a creamier texture. After the oats have cooked (they should look soft, creamy and homogeneous), your base for the oatmeal recipe is ready.
THE BERRIES JAM
For the berries jam I got inspired by this video from Pick Up Limes, it features other cool recipes, so make sure to also check that out. Here are the three ingredients:
- Frozen berries – 1 cup
- Juice from half a lemon
- Chia seeds – 1 tbsp
How to make:
I prepare this jam in a frying pan. All you have to do is add frozen berries of choice in the frying pan over medium heat, let them cook for a while, add the juice of a lemon or half a lemon, depending on how much jam you want to prepare. I would say half a lemon is enough, since the berries will also release a lot of moisture. After the berries are not frozen anymore, add a tablespoon of chia seeds. The seeds will absorb the liquid, become gooey and will give the jam a thicker, more homogeneous consistency. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes, then serve hot or cold.
This is my favorite part. 😄 As you can see in the picture, here are the things I use for decorating the oatmeal, plus some additional ideas:
- Coconut flakes
- Banana slices
- The homemade berries jam
- Peanut butter
- A drizzle of honey (optional)
- A dash of cinnamon or cocoa
This recipe is super healthy and delicious, high in fiber and protein, it features natural and very accessible ingredients, and it has roughly 350 calories (oatmeal + jam + coconut flakes topping). The oats will keep you full for a long time, and the seeds will provide the Omega-3 fatty acids you need for a healthy heart. The berries chia jam is a lot healthier than a regular jam, made with white sugar, and it still tastes absolutely delicious. Also, both the seeds and the jam are high in antioxidants which fight free radicals and help slowing down the aging process.
If you want to have this oatmeal recipe to-go, or if you don’t have time to prepare it right before you go to work or school, I have an equally delicious alternative. In my 5 DAYS WITHOUT SUGAR, DAY 2 article you can find my overnight chocolate oatmeal recipe. All you have to do is prepare it before going to bed, leave it in the fridge overnight, open and serve the next day.
I guarantee you guys will enjoy this amazing breakfast / desert / best meal ever, so make sure to try it out and send me your pics! I would love to see your creations and get inspired from your ideas. 🙂