Maybe you’re reading the title of this blog (and thinking back to my Warm Oats Bowl with Superfoods blog) and wondering… what the hell is the difference between a warm oats bowl and oatmeal?
I like to think of warm oats bowls as oatmeal’s indulgent (yet still healthy) cousin. On weekends when I make these bowls I pour boiling water over the rolled oats, cover and let the water seep into the oats. OK maybe I give the bowl a little nudge by nuking it in the microwave for 30 seconds to absorb any remaining water but still I like the slower, lengthier process better. It ensures the oats do not turn to mush immediately and it gives me a chance to get my topping ingredients together.
The chunky monkey flavor tastes so indulgent it will feel like you’re eating something naughty; something you should only eat on the weekends. But coming in at approximately 500 calories, 14 grams of protein and 11 grams of fiber (based on adding 1 1/2 tablespoons peanut butter), you could probably eat this bowl for breakfast during the week, stay full until lunch and not feel guilty whatsoever.
- ½ c. rolled oats
- pinch of salt
- 1 c. water
- ½ T. hulled hemp hearts
- ½ T. ground flaxseed
- ½ T. cacoa nibs
- 1 T. dried goji berries
- 1 to 2 T. peanut butter
- 1 T. honey
- Cook oatmeal according to standard directions. You should be able to find directions on the canister of oats you purchased but if you buy oats in bulk (like I do) you can used this basic recipe from Better Homes and Gardens. I let my oats steep in hot boiling water (covered) until the water had seeped into the oats.
- Top oatmeal with peanut butter, honey, cacoa nibs, hemp seeds, ground flaxseed and goji berries. If your oatmeal is too dry you can add some milk or cream to make it a bit more creamy.
Before I assembled this bowl, I was debating on adding cream and/or butter. I opted not to add either since the bowl was plenty calorie-rich without the two. I would have added cream at the end had my oats turned out too dry but the oats were plenty creamy by using the boiling water pour-over method to prepare the oatmeal. I microwaved the peanut butter and the honey to liquify them so that I could drizzle them over the bowl for aesthetic purposes but that wouldn’t be a necessary step (unless you’re taking pictures of you’re food too).