Welcome to a new series on my blog entitled “Saturday Obsessions!” In this series I’ll be showing you guys a current obsession + a recipe that can go along with it. I thought of this while I was doing some cardio (let’s be honest- that’s when we get all our good thinking done) and immediately thought of what I should do for my first one- flaxseeds.
So… what are flaxseeds? Another health nut thing we all talk about? A seed? A weird brown thing? I’ve heard so many guesses. One of my best friends once said: “the only healthy thing I have for smoothes at my house is flaxseeds”. If she thinks they’re healthy, then they must be.
Let’s go over the benefits of these seeds- shall we? First off, flaxseeds are high in fiber, both in soluble and insoluble types. Extra fiber is ALWAYS important, but what else are so great about them? They are high in Omega 3’s- aka essential fatty acids. Having these sorts of fats in your diet are key for a healthy heart, and they taste pretty good too. I don’t recommend eating them plain as a snack, but you get the point. Fun fact- each tablespoon of flaxseed contains 1.8 grams of plant omega-3’s. Talk about packing a punch!
Flaxseeds are a vegans best friend. Even though I’m not vegan, I make a lot of vegan recipes that use flaxseeds as flax eggs (see all my vegan pancake recipes). Flax eggs are the perfect egg replacement for things like pancakes, cookies, etc. To make these flax eggs, combine one tbsp flaxseed with three tbsp water and let sit for thirty minutes (I usually do more just to be safe) in the fridge. I’m not gonna lie and say they have the same consistency as an actual egg, but they’re pretty darn close. Besides flax eggs, adding flaxseed to oatmeal adds a TON of volume and makes it much thicker.
Speaking of oatmeal… here’s the recipe part! Showing you guys a new favorite of mine- coconut oatmeal. So so so yummy and so so so SO simple.
1/2 cup oats
1 cup almond milk
2 tbsp coconut flakes
2 tbsp flaxseeds
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Fruit of choice
In a microwave safe bowl, combine almond milk, oatmeal, cinnamon, flaxseeds, and one tbsp coconut flakes. Let the mixture sit for five minutes (this is the key to fluffy oats!). While this is sitting, chop up other fruit. Once it has been five minutes, microwave on high for 2:30 (stop the microwave if it starts to overflow, let it simmer down, and continue). Once done, add the other tbsp of coconut flakes and your fruit! It’s that simple. I make this a lot on school days when I’m short on time. Delicious and simple.
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