I’m admittedly a creature habit when it comes to breakfast, and warm oats will forever have my heart.
It’s been a few years since I started to include a hearty bowl of oatmeal as an essential part of my morning routine. Overtime, it’s become a ritual of sorts - waking up with the sunrise and taking time to savor the moments of serenity that only present themselves in the early hours. Before the bustle and buzz that daylight brings, I exhale, I eat, and I enjoy a little moment of peace.
I typically go for good old fashioned oatmeal with blueberries, banana and almond butter, but this morning I wanted to try something different. I decided to err on the sweet side with a creamy vanilla and toasted coconut bowl. I’ve never loved shaved or raw coconut, but hand me a bag of toasted coconut chips and they’ll disappear within the hour. These chips have a sweet, crunchy bite to them, which creates the perfect texture contrast to creamy oatmeal.
The secret to a good oatmeal is creating a delicious base. I used coconut sugar and maca root powder to add a nutty, caramel flavor to the oats. Maca is a medicinal food that I constantly use in my cooking because of its amazing health benefits, like boosting energy, regulating hormones, and elevating mood. Mixed into antioxidant-rich, fiber filled oats, this nutritionally-dense pair keeps me feeling full and energized throughout the entire morning.
I decided to add a few more of my favorite superfoods on top of my oats. I went with crunchy, roasted elements like coconut chips, hazelnuts, cacao nibs, chia seeds, and buckwheat kernels. All these toppings on a bed of almond butter and vanilla coconut yogurt made for the perfect crunchy-creamy oatmeal (and a new favorite recipe).
Creamy Vanilla Oatmeal with Toasted Coconut
Takes , Serves 1.
- Add 1½ cups almond milk to a medium size saucepan and bring to a soft boil.
- Stir in oats, pure vanilla extract, coconut sugar, maca powder, and salt until well combined. Let mixture simmer for about 7-8 minutes until oats are soft.
- Transfer cooked oats into serving bowl and sprinkle with any toppings of your choosing.