Vanilla > chocolate.
I’m THAT person. While I am becoming a chocolate person, I will admit that I’ve always enjoyed vanilla flavored things. Nothing against chocolate, but the simplicity of vanilla has always intrigued me.
When I was in Marshall’s (aka the motherland) a few weeks ago, I came across vanilla bean paste. I was immediately intrigued, because while plain vanilla is delicious to me, anything vanilla bean is what I live for. Adding the paste to these oats gave them such a different flavor, and I must say- this may be one of my new favorite oat recipes. Yup- it’s that good.
Of course, in any oatmeal bowl, you need some sort of nut butter. When Barney Butter sent me a sample of their best nut butters, I was in love. The Vanilla Bean & Espresso flavor caught my eye immediately, and I knew I wanted to pair it with the vanilla bean paste. Barney Butter is one of my new favorite almond butter brands for many reasons. Their butter’s are extremely well made, and compared to other quality almond butter’s, are MUCH cheaper. Almost every flavored almond butter I come across is between $14-$17, but none of their flavors are above $13. As a soon-to-be college student on a budget, that is a big win for me!
I know that most of us have cranberries left over from the holiday’s, so this recipe is perfect for using those up. Cranberries have been proven to reduce your risk of cancer, as well as help with bowel issues. They’re not very expensive around the winter time, so stock up!
INGREDIENTS (Serves one):
1/2 cup rolled (or quick) oats
1/4 cup egg whites OR one egg white*
1 tsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste**
1 1/3 cups liquid of choice (I used cashew milk, but it’s up to you!)
1 heaping tbsp Vanilla Bean & Espresso almond butter (or nut butter of choice)
1/4 cup fresh cranberries
1 tbsp hemp hearts
*= Optional, but it adds a protein boost!
**= If you do not have this, use vanilla extract
1.) Bring your liquid to a bowl over the stove, and add your oats.
2.) Reduce to a low heat and add the egg white (if you are using) and the chia seeds. Stir everything together well, and cover with lid.
3.) Stir the oats every thirty seconds or so while you prepare your other toppings.
4.) When the oats are fluffy, turn the stove off and transfer the mixture to a bowl. Add your toppings and enjoy!
Tell me in the comments- vanilla or chocolate?
NOTE: Barney Butter sent me these products to review and use in a recipe. I believe everything I said, and truly love their products.
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