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Cinnamon Rolled Oats with Basil + Berries


Prep Time: None

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 2


Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp avocado oil

  • 1 cup rolled oats

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup flax milk (or other)

  • 1 tbsp granulated monk fruit sweetener (or other sweetener)

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup fresh basil

  • sunflower seed butter (or other nut or seed butter)

  • optional: 1 tsp vanilla extract


For Serving:

  • 2 tsp sunflower seed butter (or other nut butter)

  • 1 tsp hemp hearts (optional)

  • small handful of blueberries

  • small handful of blackberries

  • 1/4 cup of julienned basil

  • sprinkle of cacao nibs

  • pinch of cinnamon

  • pinch of granulated monk fruit (or other sweetener)


Directions:

  1. Add avocado oil to saucepan over medium heat; warm oil for about 2 minutes or until pan is hot.

  2. Add oats to pan, stir occasionally, and toast until golden brown (3-5 minutes).

  3. Once the oats are lightly golden, add cinnamon and monk fruit sweetener (or other sweetener); stir until well incorporated.

  4. Add water, flax milk (or other milk/substitute), and vanilla extract (optional); stir well, and cover. Cook oat mixture over medium-low heat until oats develop a porridge-like consistency (about 15 minutes). Be sure to stir, lower heat, and/or add more water if the bottom of the mixture begins to stick to the pan. Add water or milk and stir to achieve desired consistency.


Serve:

  • Add oats to serving bowls.

  • Add desired toppings; for this recipe, add basil, berries, sunflower seed butter, cacao nibs, julienned basil, and a sprinkle of granulated monk fruit sweetener.


Notes:

  • Monk Fruit sweetener comes from Monk Fruit, or Buddha Fruit, and has been used for thousands of years in southern China and northern Thailand to increase chi. Modern Monk Fruit extract is about 150x sweeter than sugar. This unique property is attributable to the presence of rare, intensely sweet antioxidants called mogrosides. To reduce the intensity of the sweetness, many Monk Fruit extract manufacturers blend the extract with either erythritol (a sugar alcohol) or inulin. As a result, Monk Fruit extract functions as a zero-calorie, zero glycemic sweetener. Sugar alcohols, like erythritol, can only be digested by intestinal bacteria, which can cause increased gas and bloating.

  • My preferred milk alternative is flax milk. I use Unsweetened Good Karma Flax Milk with Omega-3's and Protein (not an ad, no affiliation, just love the stuff!). It's creamy, demulcent,and provides 8g of protein and 1200 mg of omega-3's per cup! But any milk or milk alternative works well in this recipe. With rice milk, this recipe will taste just like horchata!

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