Does your oatmeal always turn out bland? Mine used to. And, I'm here to tell you, it doesn't have to be that way. The truth is, a healthy oatmeal recipe is only as tasty as it's toppings. And, this is one of my favourites: flaxseed porridge topped with sweet peaches, blueberries and savoury almond butter. You can thank me later.
Why should you try this recipe?
With many of us short on fibre due to limited intake of fruits and vegetables, it's a big deal to find foods that help us meet our daily requirements.
And, guess what? This high fibre breakfast cereal is higher in fibre than most. Boom.
Not only are the oats high in fibre, but the ground flaxseed and peaches are too. The three work hand in hand to show our digestive system some support.
Here's what you should know:
- One cup of oatmeal will serve you about 20% of your daily fibre intake requirements.
- The average peach provides us about 10% of our daily minimum fiber target. That's actually pretty significant when you compare it to other sweet treats that offer up little to no nutritional value.
- And, one tablespoon of ground flaxseed offers us 12% of our daily fibre intake. Not to mention, it's high in omega-3 fatty acids too, which support our heart health.
But, why does fibre matter?
- It can protect the health of your colon
- It supports long-term weight management
- It reduces the risk of many serious health conditions
- Not to mention, it helps keep your bowel movements regular
So, feel free to add this to your daily meal plan. This indeed is a healthy oatmeal breakfast you can eat every day.
Find the recipes with printable instructions below.
Blueberry peach oatmeal is a great choice for your health. Not only is it extremely flavourful thanks to the sweetness in the fruit, but it's also extremely healthy.
What is the best oatmeal for your health?
The bottom line is that steel cut oats are the best for your health.
They are the least processed type of oat, which means our body absorbs them less quickly than rolled or instant oats. That's good news for you because it helps you feel full for longer and ensures your blood sugar doesn't rise rapidly.
If you want more details on why, check out my high protein oatmeal recipe.
Soak The Steel Cut Oats
- Add 1 cup of steel cut oats with 1 cup of warm water to a pot.
- Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- Add 1 tablespoon of wheat flour, needed to help neutralize the phytates
- Leave at room temperature for a minimum of 12 hours, but 24 hours is best
Cook The Steel Cut Oats
- Add 1 cup of steel cut oats to the pot
- Bring to a boil
- Cook 5 minutes or until thick
Put Oatmeal Bowl Together
- Add 1 cup of cooked oats to bowl
- Add half of the vanilla extract, cinnamon and ground flaxseed to bowl
- Stir to combine
- Top with half of the peach, blueberries and almond butter
Do you need to soak oatmeal before cooking?
You don't have to soak yours oats, but doing so has a two benefits:
- Improved digestion
- Quicker cooking time.
I actually have an entire article on the benefits of soaking grains, which you can find here. But, I'll summarize it for you below.
Grains are seeds that are meant to pass through your body relatively undigested. From an evolutionary perspective, that's so the seeds can be planted elsewhere. Because of this, an anti-nutrient called phytic acid exists within the grain that makes it hard to digest.
So, to summarize, your body isn't getting all of the nutrients, vitamins or minerals from oats if you don't soak them. Soaking oats can make them more digestible and help your body obtain all the nutrients from the food.
Plus, steel cut oats can take a long time to cook if you don't have an Instant Pot. I shared my method for soaking steel cut oats in the instructions on the recipe card. Just make sure you plan ahead and give yourself an extra 24 hours before you want to eat.
Want to see how I make this recipe? Watch the video below!
Here's what you need to make this oatmeal bowl with peaches and blueberries:
- Instant Pot: You don't need to cook oats in the Instant Pot. But, if you're using steel cut oats (the healthiest!) they can take longer to cook since they're less processed. Having the instant pot shortens the cooking duration, making it easier to make these for an on-the-go weekday breakfast. Alternatively, you can soak the grains and cook them quickly on the stovetop as outlined in the recipe.
Hungry for more? Here are a few other healthy oatmeal breakfast recipes to try.Print
A healthy oatmeal recipe is only as tasty as its toppings. This one is one of my favourites: flaxseed oatmeal topped with sweet peaches, blueberries and savoury almond butter. The best part? It's not just delicious, it's also super high in fiber. Win win.
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 2 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed
- 1 peach, sliced
- 1 cup of blueberries
- 2 tablespoons of almond butter
- Add the steel cut oats and reduce the temperature to medium low to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook for 30 minutes or until mixture is very thick and almost all liquid is absorbed. Stir occasionally and reduce heat as needed to prevent burning on the bottom.
- Remove saucepan from heat and stir in mix-ins: vanilla extract, cinnamon and ground flaxseed.
- Let the oatmeal rest for 5 minutes before serving to allow it to thicken and cool to an edible temperature.
- Portion into bowls and add toppings: sliced peaches, blueberries, and almond butter.
- Sit down and enjoy!
- If you plan ahead, you can soak the steel cut oats the night before to reduce cooking time, increase mineral absorption and improve digestibility. I've shared instructions on soaking oats in the body of this post and in my Ultimate Guide To Soaking Grains.
- Store in fridge: in airtight container for up to 5 days
- Store in freezer: in airtight container for up to 3 months
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