Benefits of Oats + Chocolate Almond Butter Oats

bowl of chocolate almond oatsI’m a big fan of oats, several of my recipes include them, in particular gluten free rolled oats. There are so many different ways to use them but most days I like to keep it simple and stick with a creamy home-made bowl of hot oats; perfect for breakfast or to snack on any time of the day.  What benefits do oats have you may ask?

Health benefits of oats include…

  • they’re a healthy carb (high in fibre)
  • they’re a good source of protein – providing an energy boost
  • they’re high in antioxidants
  • they’re high in beta-glucan fibre; a fibre that helps lower cholesterol and balance blood sugar levels
  • they’re builders of good gut bacteria
  • they’re a good source of minerals and B Vitamins

…and they come in gluten free options too! WOWZA!

two bowls of chocolate almond oats The great thing about making a hot bowl of oats from scratch is the amount of refined sugars and preservatives you avoid. I’m not saying not to buy the boxed oatmeal packets, I do reach for a pack myself from time to time when I’m in a major hurry, but be sure to read those labels and look for ones that don’t include additives and artificial sugars.

For those moments you do have 10 minutes to spare (yeup, that’s all it takes folks), you’ll want to keep this recipe handy. If you love the combination of chocolate and nuts, this flavourful bowl of “chocolate almond butter oats” is for you! And of course, if you’re allergic to nuts or not a fan of nuts in general, this recipe works just as well with pumpkin or sunflower seed butter instead.

close up of chocolate almond oats Why you’ll love this chocolate almond butter oats recipe as much as I do:

  • Super creamy
  • Nutritious
  • Filling – helps reduce morning sugar cravings
  • Naturally sweetened
  • Comforting – warms the hands and tummy (perfect start on a cool day)
  • Chocolate-almond combination is you know it, Mm Mm GOOD!

chocolate almond oats

Chocolate Almond Butter Oats Recipe

Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Dairy Free, gluten free, vegan
Keyword Oatmeal
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2
Author Fay

Ingredients

  • 1 cups organic gluten free rolled oats
  • 1 ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp organic almond butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut nectar or maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp organic cacao powder
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of fine sea salt

Optional:

  • Dash of vanilla extract or you can use vanilla almond milk instead

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients but the almond butter and vanilla (if using) to a small sauce pan.
  • Bring milk to a light boil and then lower temperature to medium and add lid. Simmer for 6 minutes. Keep a close eye on it in case it needs more liquid as it cooks and doesn’t bubble up. If you use the extra large sized rolled out you will most likely need a bit more almond milk.
  • Check oats at the 6 minute mark. Stir in almond butter and vanilla. At this point if you feel it’s too thick for your liking, stir in 1/4 cup more almond milk and simmer for 2 more minutes with lid on.
  • Pour into two medium bowls or three small bowls, top with favourite nuts, fruit, and mini chocolate chips.

I love pairing this warm oat breakfast with fresh slices of banana, a sprinkle of hemp hearts, and handful of dairy free mini chocolate chips. The chocolate chips give it an added tasty touch as they quickly melt on top of the oats and give them an even more creamy-chocolatey flavour.

Give it a try and share your thoughts with me in the comment section below or on social media.

Helping you put wellness first,

Fay

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