Date, Banana & Walnut Oatmeal Bowl {vegan & sugar free}

005 017An Open Letter to Green Smoothies:

I urge you to not take this personally. I really do appreciate you and the energy you provide. However at this time you do not meet the criteria that makes me want to jump out of bed first thing in the morning when its -25 outside. Furthermore you do not make me feel good when you send an icy shiver down my spine. You do not make the chilly transition from fleecy pyjama set to clothes very easy. On that note you don’t even fill the deep dark cave I call my tummy. (but we wont get into that)

Sincerely;

Hungry & Cold

Happy Frosty Thursday everyone 🙂 This morning as I was begrudgingly digging myself out of my mile-high duvet, I had a craving for something sweet and filling. Like a cinnabon. or banana cake or poutine. I just couldn’t face another green smoothie morning with the wack temperatures that are happenin’ out there.

My healthy options weren’t looking too promising. I was too famished to squander minutes making waffles or pancakes or other baked wonders. Oatmeal didn’t tempt me much… I find it hard to enjoy oatmeal without brown sugar, anyone else? You can try and pretend to enjoy it with just fruit but it most likely reminds you of soft cement.

ENTER the Date, Walnut and Banana oatmeal bowl; The dates and banana transform it into something so  sweet and pleasing you will think you are eating dessert for breakfast. Equally filling and warming, you will wonder where its been all your life. Perfect for the coldest days of the year.009

Date, Banana & Walnut Oatmeal Bowl Recipe (Serves 1)

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • pinch salt
  • small banana, chopped finely into chunks
  • 2 dates, chopped finely
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoon raw unsalted walnuts, chopped
  • 3 tablespoon almond milk
  • teaspoon chia (optional)
  1. Bring water and almond milk to boil in a small saucepan
  2. Toss in oatmeal and stir. Simmer in water until almost absorbed (about 3 minutes)
  3. Stir in banana, dates, cinnamon, salt and vanilla. Use a spoon to mush bananas into oatmeal.
  4. Pour in remaining almond milk and let cook on low for about 4 more minutes until slightly stiffened.
  5. Remove from stove, scoop into your favourite cozy mug and top with chopped walnuts and chia!
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