We’ve hit that point in the year where fresh fruit is both hard to come by and very expensive. I’m sorry, but I am not paying three dollars for a tiny tub of raspberries that will be gone in three days. No no no- my bank account does not approve.
As you know, oatmeal is my go-to breakfast, and with good reason. Oats are packed with fiber and heart healthy benefits, and as you know, are great for lowering cholesterol levels. They’re also extremely customizable, which is awesome if you get bored by the same combo everyday. I can’t think of my favorite combo, as I usually have five or six on a rotation.
This combo is one of those five or six. I’ve always LOVED berries in my oats, but, like I said, they’re quite expensive right now. However… frozen berries are where its at. They’re truly life changing in oatmeal, and are very underrated. If you don’t believe me, just make some oatmeal and watch the melty goodness occur. I die every. single. time.
Frozen berries are extremely convenient and go a long way. I like to buy big bags of it from Costco, and they last about six months (usually longer if I’m not on a smoothie bowl craze 😉 ). The bags are about $9. Yup, for $9 or so, you can have six plus months of fruit. That is saying something. I cannot recommend it enough.
What’s so great about this recipe is that it’s probably one of the “cheaper” oat recipes out there. I’m not saying most oat recipes are expensive, but when you add the extra granola, coconut, and $10 peanut butter to go along with the fresh fruit, it can add up. I’m keeping this recipe super simple and convent. All these ingredients can be found at your local grocery store, and don’t break the bank either! It’s a winner.
INGREDIENTS (Serves one):
1 cup liquid of choice
1/4 cup liquid egg whites (or one egg white)*
1/2 tbsp chia seeds*
One banana, 1/2 frozen & 1/2 fresh (mashed)
1/2 cup mixed berries, frozen
1-2 tbsp nut butter of choice
*= optional. The egg white adds protein and the chia seeds make the oats very thick, but they’re not necessary!
1.) Heat your stove to a high heat and boil your liquid. Once the liquid is boiled, reduce to a low heat, add your oats and egg whites (if you’re using them), and stir stir stir.
2.) About 1/2 way through, add your chia seeds and fresh mashed banana. Stir stir stir once again.
3.) Once the oats are done, turn the stove off and cover the mixture with a lid. Let it sit there for about five-ten minutes to maximize thickness. Then, pour your oats into a bowl, add your berries and nut butter, and enjoy!
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