Back in high school, I was intense. About school, that is. I would spend all my time on homework and I wasn’t satisfied with anything less than a 98%. Now before you go thinking I was a total hermit, I did have a great group of friends who I hung out with on weekends – but in hindsight I took high school way too seriously and didn’t have as much fun as I should have.
Luckily I loosened up in my second year of university and learned to balance school work with the fun that comes along with being of legal drinking age. However, I was still an overachiever and spent many a weekend cooped up in my apartment studying and working on papers.
So now that I’m done school and done my dietetic internship, I have been taking a much needed break and trying to live life stress free. I know this isn’t going to be my life forever (in fact – I’m starting a job soon!), but it’s been nice to just take life slowly for a while before jumping into the working world.
My slow pace of life as of late is why it has taken me so long to post this oatmeal recipe, even though I’ve been making this exact same oatmeal recipe almost every day since the summer!
I used to always make my oatmeal on the stove top using rolled oats, but that changed over the summer when I was visiting Hayley in England. While I was there I had quick oatmeal made with boiling water from the kettle every morning, and realized I liked it just as much. So I’ve kept making it this way since it’s so much easier.
This banana oatmeal is my favourite go-to healthy breakfast because it’s so packed with nutrition! Fibre from the oats, banana, and chia seeds, healthy fats and protein in the chia seeds and almond butter (I use Barney Butter), and a plethora of vitamins and minerals to boot. And while it tastes great as is, you can also boost up its nutrition even more by adding additional toppings like coconut, dried fruit, fresh berries, hemp hearts, or granola.
- ⅓ cup quick oats
- 1.5 tsp chia seeds
- Heaping ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ⅓ cup low fat milk
- ⅓-1/2 cup water
- 2-4 tbsp egg whites (optional)
- 1 banana, sliced
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- In a microwave safe bowl combine the oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, milk, and water (and optional egg whites).
- Microwave for about 60 seconds, or longer if needed.
- Add sliced banana and stir to mix it in, then top with a scoop of your favourite nut butter.
- Optional: add any other desired toppings, such as granola, shredded coconut, fresh berries, hemp hearts, dried fruit, etc.
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