Okay, it’s freezing in NYC and I’m NOT a happy camper. I woke up this morning and the temperature outside read 12 degrees – 12! I started questioning my sanity in living in a place where this is even possible, let alone the “norm” during this time of year.
As I trudged into the kitchen to make breakfast, all I wanted was something WARM, comforting and filling. After realizing I didn’t have all the ingredients for waffles (I’m still playing with the new waffle maker I received for Christmas) I went to my winter stand-by oatmeal.
Nothing says winter like a nice hot bowl of oatmeal! On my way to reach for my jar of gluten-free rolled oats the jar of oat bran caught my eye and I quickly switched gears.
So what’s the difference between rolled oats and oat bran? In short, oat bran has more of some of the goodies we need like fiber, vitamin B and iron. Best of all, it cooks up super fast!
The next time you are looking for a WARM, healthy, dairy-free, gluten-free (and potentially nut-free) breakfast that you can make in about 5 minutes, go to this recipe! Best of all you can take this on the go, simply pour it into a mason jar, add your toppings and screw on the lid!
Try it out and let me know what you think. What’s the breakfast you reach for when the temperature says FREEZING?! 🙂
Shopping tip: while oats are naturally gluten-free, they sometimes are cross-contaminated with gluten grains so to be safe, ensure you are purchasing gluten-free oats. Bob’s Red Mill is an excellent brand.
- ⅓ cup gluten-free oat bran
- ½ cup full-fat coconut milk (Native Forest is my favorite brand)
- ½ cup filtered water
- 1 tablespoon grass-fed ghee or coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon collagen powder (optional but adds more protein)
- 2 teaspoons ground flaxseed
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- pinch of sea salt
- Heat oat bran, coconut milk and water together in a small pot over medium-low heat for 2-3 minutes. Let stand for 1-2 minutes and then add in ghee or coconut oil, salt, cinnamon, collagen powder if using, ground flax and maple syrup.
- Stir to combine and enjoy topped with any or all of the following: shredded coconut, nuts, any assortment of berries (dried cranberries, golden berries, goji berries, blueberries), fresh fruit like chopped apple or pear, etc.
- You can make this recipe for two or one large portion by using ⅔ cup of oat bran and 1 cup each of coconut milk and water.