What better way is there to start the day then with the bowl of goodies up above. Appetizing isn’t it? I know i’m drooling too!
If I had a green drink every single morning of my life I can tell you now, I would get burnt out on juice. I like to mix it up to keep a variety in my life as everyone knows I am an advocate for a well balanced diet. When I am not drinking a juice or smoothie I enjoy making a breakfast bowl. There are a million different ways you could create a healthy breakfast bowl such as my Chia-Berry Energy Bowl or Rainbow Breakfast Bowl, but my newest obsession or shall I say “this weeks obsession” is my Oat-Chia Bowl. Every bite I take is so amazingly creamy it makes it addicting. This bowl can be enjoyed cold or hot, it’s entirely up to you!
It is extremely simple to make and wonderfully healthy for you. Just by using 5 easy ingredients you can create the bountiful base used in this recipe: chia seeds, oats (I used gluten free, but it’s not necessary), ground flax seed, coconut milk, and banana. You can soak all the ingredients overnight to allow them to expand creating a mixture of textures that are enjoyable cold or you can mix and warm it up in the morning in a small sauce pan or microwave. For this recipe, I added a few extra superfoods making the nutrition content even better for you, but the base can be made from these five ingredients as well.
The best thing about this breakfast is it requires no cutting, chopping, baking, or cooking. You can essentially mix it up, top with your favorite toppings, and take it to go in a small jar. I sometimes intentionally make a large amount so I can jar it up into portions and have breakfast ready to go for the next couple days. This dish is jam packed with fiber, omega-3’s, complete proteins, calcium, vitamins, and minerals that will leave you feeling energize and great from the inside out!
This bowl is nourishing enough with the simple base alone, just imagine how great this is for your body with the superfoods added and the toppings. The spirulina I added is deemed as some of the most nutritionally complete superfoods of all time. It contains a rich supply of important nutrients including plant protein, iron, vitamins A, K, and B complex. It also contains a high supply of antioxidants and has more 3x more protein than milk, and 6x more than eggs. Maca root powder is known to enhance energy and stamina. It is filled with vitamins and minerals that contain antioxidant properties and increases sexual desire and endurance. I topped my breakfast bowl with some of my favorite fresh fruits and goodies. This added yet again more phytonutrients that act as antioxidants and many fruits with anti-inflammatory compounds that help the body.
Bountiful Oat-Chia Bowl
- 1/2 cup oats, gluten free
- 1 Tbsp flaxseed, ground
- 1 Tbsp chia seed
- 1/2 banana, ripe
- 1/2 coconut milk
- 1/2 water
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp maca root powder
- 1 tsp spirulina
- 1 tsp honey
Topping (optional): 2 Tbsp almond butter, a handful of raspberries, mango, pineapple, frozen blueberries, and sprinkle raw cacao nibs, desiccated unsweetened coconut, and chia seeds.
1. Place water, coconut milk, and oats in a small sauce pan on medium heat. Bring pan to a boil, about 2-3 minutes. Once most of the liquid has been absorbed remove from heat.
2. Transfer oats to a breakfast bowl. Add remaining ingredients and stir until everything is well mixed. Be sure to mash the ripe banana as well as possible to avoid remaining chunks.
3. Top with fresh fruit, nut butter, and natures sprinkles (a.k.a coconut flakes, cacao nibs, and chia. Thought i’d mention it just in case you didn’t know what I meant;)
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Per serving (no toppings) : Calories: 403; Total Fat: 13.1 g (Saturated Fat: 3.8 g); Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 87.6 mg; Potassium: 457.9 mg; Total Carbs: 58.6 g; Dietary Fiber: 15.7 g; Protein: 13.9 g; Calcium: 40.3%.