This vegan oatmeal breakfast bowl is my favorite way to start the day! This comforting bowl is full of healthy ingredients that’ll keep you full and energized for hours.
Question – is it cold AF where you are?
Because today in Ohio, the high is four degrees fahrenheit. FOUR. DEGREES. The high, without taking wind chill into account. Let’s not even talk about the low. Because it starts with the word “negative” and I don’t even want to think past that.
I’m sorry, winter, what the heck did I ever do to you?!
If it’s also ridiculously cold wherever you are, may I introduce you to a warm, comforting hug, in the form of breakfast – my favorite vegan oatmeal breakfast bowl!
Oats are just the best when it comes to wanting something warming, satisfying, and delicious, all in one bowl. If you check Instagram, you’ll find literally thousands of GORGEOUS oatmeal bowls, topped and decorated like works of art. The idea of an oatmeal bowl for breakfast is nothing new, but what’s special about this one is the preparation.
To start, get a bowl that can hold a cup and a half of water, and put your oats in first. I always use whole grain, gluten free rolled oats. Mix in some flax, and set that in the sink. You read that right – put the bowl in the sink!
Once your oats are ready, measure out a cup and a half of water in something that’s easy to pour out of, and heat it up in the microwave. I just use a typical drinking glass. Heat the water until it starts bubbling, which takes about 2 minutes in my microwave.
Using a towel or some oven mitts, be SUPER careful and get your hot water out of the microwave, and (carefully!) pour it over the oats. The bowl is in the sink to avoid any overflow if you pour a little too hard. I swear it’s not as complicated as I’m making it sound, and SO worth the end product.
Once the water is poured over the oats, take the bowl out of the sink and cover it with plastic wrap. Let the oats sit for at least 30 minutes (the longer, the better!), and when you’re ready to eat, remove the plastic wrap and they’re ready to go.
Okay, let me explain the reasoning behind this slightly strange cooking method! In the past, I always used the microwave. But I found the oats would get kind of mushy, or they’d just absorb all the water but still not be completely cooked. I thought about doing it on the stove, but let’s be real – on a busy weekday morning, this girl is not spending time getting a pot dirty to cook one serving of oats on the stove. So that idea was out.
This method simply requires heating up water in the microwave, then some wait time. SO easy. I always prep mine right before I work out, so it has a good hour to sit and thicken up.
That’s the best part of preparing the oats this way – the texture. OH MY GOODNESS THE TEXTURE. Doing it this way gives the oats time to really soak up all the hot water, and they get puffy. Like, almost double in size! So thick, puffy, and soft. It is so damn good. Yes, we’re still talking about simple oatmeal. Try it and you’ll want them this way every time!
Okay, so now that your puffy, dreamy oats are ready, it’s time for the fun stuff – the toppings! I can’t talk about perfect oatmeal toppings without mentioning Date Lady products. Have you guys tried their stuff?! My personal favorite has always been the date syrup. Dates are the ONLY ingredient, and they transform them into syrupy, sticky, sweet goodness that’s perfect for swirling into your oatmeal bowl for incredible, natural sweetness. It is SO freaking good.
If you’re feeling fancy, tropical vibes, you can also go with their coconut caramel sauce. It has just a few more ingredients than the straight up date syrup, but it’s also amazingly perfect for oats. Check out their site, they’ve come out with some really cool new stuff that I think you guys would love! You know if it’s got dates, I’m all about it, and their stuff is seriously good.
In addition to fun, drool worthy date sauces, my usual toppings are frozen fruit, usually blueberries, and cinnamon. So simple, but seriously so delicious.
One of the best parts of this vegan oatmeal bowl is the versatility. You’ll never get tired of this, because the oats themselves are so incredible, but you can change up the toppings as often as you like! Some other options:
- Nut butter
- Fresh fruit
- Buckwheat groats
- Vegan chocolate chips
I am being 100% serious when I say this vegan oatmeal bowl has been my breakfast or lunch for the past month. I look forward to it every morning when I’m working out, and it’s so comforting on these chilly winter days.
Have a happy, healthy day, friends!
If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes/what you think! Take a picture and tag me @beamingbanana on Instagram. Happy baking!