A few months ago I started trying to eat vegan for two meals a day. When I followed paleo, I got used to eating a breakfast with eggs and bacon so it was hard to transition to a meat-free and dairy-free breakfast regimen. I found my solution in steel cuts oats! I started adding all kinds of toppings to my oatmeal and shared the pics to my Instagram Story and on Instagram with #smartfunoatmeal. When I shared this red, white, and blue oatmeal, I knew I had a winner!
One day I want to learn how to make overnight oats but I think you have to use quick oats, right?! Since I went paleo a few years ago, I've really wanted to try to eat foods in their most natural state. After doing some research, I stopped eating oatmeal altogether because the forms I was eating (those darn quick oats) were too processed. Now that I am doing VB6, I have started eating steel cut oats. Now it totally makes sense why there are “quick oats”!
Steel cut oats take a full 30 minutes or so to cook all the way. We typically make 3-4 batches at once and keep it in the fridge to reheat for the next 3-4 days. We don't season the oatmeal or anything; we just cook it. When we re-heat the oats, we add the toppings and spices like cinnamon. You can spend more time decorating your oatmeal like we do if you're only heating it up in the microwave for a minute every morning rather than doing all this 30 minutes of cooking.
Red, white, and blue vegan steel cut oatmeal recipe
The ingredients for this recipe are really simple, and while you can use lots of different red colored fruits for the “red” section, we found that raspberries taste the best.
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- 1 cup of steel cut oats, prepared
- chia seeds
- 1/2 banana
- ground cinnamon
- almond milk
You can make this vegan steel cut oatmeal recipe for breakfast on 4th of July or any day for that matter. Who said decorating is only for smoothie bowls?!