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EASY AND DELICIOUS OATMEAL RECIPE

This delicious and super easy to make oatmeal recipe has become my absolute favorite breakfast. And it is very Instagrammable also. ūüėČ

I would separate this recipe into three parts: the oatmeal, the homemade (no added sugar) berries jam and the topping.

THE OATMEAL

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.

THE TOPPING

This is my favorite part. ūüėĄ 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)
  • Seeds
  • 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. ūüôā

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pina colada smoothie recipe
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PINA COLADA SMOOTHIE RECIPE

BACK WITH A DELICIOUS PINA COLADA SMOOTHIE RECIPE!

Since so many of you guys appreciated my delicious Mojito smoothie recipe, I have decided to also share with you my new pina colada smoothie recipe!

I have always been a huge fan of pineapple. ūüėĀ I love adding it to fruit salads or even eating it straight out of the can. Therefore, in order to keep things interesting, I have decided to also add it to my smoothies. This is how this recipe was born, and believe me guys, I was simply mind blown by how delicious it is!

Without further ado, here is the recipe for two (big) servings:

Ingredients:

  • 500ml Alpro coconut milk
  • 2 bananas
  • Dole pineapple, half a can
  • Chia seeds, about 1tbsp
  • Oats, 1&1/2 tbsp
  • Coconut shreds, 1 tbsp

Blend and enjoy!

You can adjust the texture to your liking. Add more bananas or oats in order to make it thicker, and more coconut milk or even filtered water to make it more fluid. As far as I am concerned, I prefer a thicker, creamier version. You can have it for desert or as a snack whenever you feel the need for something sweet.

I have specified the exact brands that I have used (Alpro and Dole) because I want to make sure that you will get the exact same taste if you try the recipe. I once used a different pineapple brand in one of my recipes, and the taste was noticeably different. But feel free to adjust the ingredients however you like. ūüôā

Benefits:

  • Bananas, pineapple, chia seeds and oats are all high in antioxidants
  • The potassium in the banana helps keep your heart and brain healthy
  • The pineapple is known to help reduce bloating
  • Chia seeds contain Omega-3 fatty acids which help prevent heart disease
  • Oats help reduce cholesterol levels and blood sugar levels

Now, guys, you must try this pina colada smoothie recipe, it is just MIND BLOWING! If you love the pineapple flavor, then you will simply adore this exotic, creamy deliciousness. And don’t forget about all the added health benefits! Make sure to try it out, and if you do, send me your pictures and tag me at @alexandra_bulac! It would make me really excited to know that you are enjoying this healthy and delicious desert!

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