At the beginning of each new year I always promise myself that I’ll eat more clean and get more exercise. Well I’m now repeating that resolution 5 years in a row strong and for some reason can’t seem to get fully on the band wagon. I figured this Blueberry Oatmeal Bowl Recipe with Almond Milk, Fresh Fruit and Seeds would give me a little push in this new year to get things going. The problem usually starts when I have a poor week of eating and I think to myself, “what’s 1 healthy meal going to do this week?” I think the issue begins with that exact lie I keep repeating to myself without trying to break the cycle. In the end who cares if I only get to eat 1 clean meal a week, at least I’m making an effort in hope to continue the pattern. Who knows maybe 1 clean meal a week will turn into 2, and then 3 and so on and so forth until I’ve got cabinets stacked of in season healthy food and a chiseled physique with crystal clear arteries and digestion system. One can dream am I right?
So now that you know my personal appearance and organ goals, let’s chat a bit about how to make this Blueberry Oatmeal Bowl Recipe with Almond Milk, Fresh Fruit and Seeds. Probably the coolest thing about this recipe is just how versatile it is. I decided to make the base of this oatmeal recipe blueberry in flavor, simply because we always have some leftover at the end of the week. However, you can use bananas, strawberries, passion fruit, apple, literally whatever you’ve got leftover or is in season. Of course I’d love to eat all of my fruit and vegetables in season but when you have a 4-year old who craves watermelon in January sometimes is just not that feasible. Don’t worry I’m trying to teach her how to enjoy what’s in season so that she can develop her palette and train herself to enjoy fresh food when it’s in the peak of its season.
Once you’ve processed the blueberries and almond milk together, you’re ready start cooking. The milk portion of this recipe is also subjective, so feel free to use cashew milk, soy milk, coconut milk or even regular dairy milk. Again, I’m trying to eat a bit cleaner so it’s almond milk for me. I used Bob’s Red Mill Thick Cut Rolled Oats for my oatmeal because they indeed are thick which allows them to stand up to overnight or longer cooking times without getting mushy. They are also packed with nutrients and harvested from fresh cut oats right here in the U.S. Bob’s Red Mill is definitely my favorite oatmeal and is always a staple in our home.
Now that you’ve got your liquid base transfer it to a medium size pot along with the oats and bring it to a boil, while stirring every few minutes. Once it hits that point pop on the lid, turn it down to low heat and simmer it the rest of the way for about 12 to 15 minutes or until the oats are tender. These oats are rolled thick so they can take a little bit of sitting around once they’re done just in case you have to attend to a screaming kid while cooking :-). Was that out loud?
Now that you’ve got your super delicious tasting oatmeal it’s now time to accessorize it. Wait, wait, wait, there is 1 more thing you can do, which is stir in a sweetener such as agave or honey if of course you like your oats a little sweet like I do. Come on pure clean eating is hard, let me have my sweets!! I also included a recipe below for a yogurt mix in where you simply blend together fresh blueberries, Greek yogurt and honey and then stir it into your cooked oats to make them creamier and sweeter. Totally up to you, just giving you all of the options. Back to accessorizing up this Blueberry Oatmeal Bowl Recipe with Almond Milk, Fresh Fruit and Seeds. I tried to stick with some fruits that were in season like bananas and pears, and of course I had leftover blueberries so I used them (no those aren’t in season but I literally have cups full that had to go… Don’t judge me), along with some dried cherries and assorted nuts and seeds to finish it off. I’m not even kidding when I say this is the most delicious oatmeal I’ve ever had. You get the most insane blueberry flavor in the oats that I can only imagine how could a banana or apple one would be. Like I said this recipe is versatile, and one thing’s for sure that I’ll be making this plenty more times this year to continue my journey to full time clean eating. Also if I do another one of these with a different fruit I’ll be sure post it. If you make this Blueberry Oatmeal Bowl Recipe with Almond Milk, Fresh Fruit and Seeds be sure to tell me on social media as I’d love to hear your reaction! Happy clean eating :-).
Blueberry Oatmeal Bowl Recipe with Almond Milk, Fresh Fruit and Seeds
For the Oatmeal:
- 1 1/2 cups of blueberries
- 2 cups of almond milk
- 1 cup of Bob’s Red Mill Organic Thick Cut Oats
- 1 thinly sliced banana
- ½ thinly sliced pear
- 1 peeled and sliced kiwi
- ½ cup of dried cherries
- ¼ cup of raw almonds
- 1 tablespoon of sunflower seeds
- 1 tablespoon of hemp seeds
- 1 teaspoon of chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon of honey
For the Optional Yogurt Mix In:
- 1 cup of fresh blueberries
- 1 cup of whole fat Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons of honey
In a blender puree together 1 cup of blue berries and 2 cups of almond milk until smooth and transfer it to a medium size pot.
Add in the oats and bring the mixture to a boil.
Place on a lid and simmer over low heat for 12 to 15 minutes or until the oats are tender. Remove cover and let stand for 1 to 2 minutes.
Transfer the mixture to a bowl and garnish with sliced banana, sliced pears, remaining ½ cup of fresh blueberries, sliced kiwi, dried cherries, almonds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds and chia seeds.
Optional Mix in: Puree together the blueberries, Greek yogurt and honey until smooth. If it is too thick add in 1 to 2 tablespoons of almond milk. Stir some of the blueberry yogurt mixture into the finished oats for an extra creamy oatmeal.