Oatmeal addicts anonymous should be headquartered in my apartment. I am back on my daily oatmeal grind since I can’t seem to find a breakfast that is more filling, hearty, and delicious.
I have been playing around with new combinations besides my normal almond butter or shredded almond additions, and a lightbulb went off when the new Recipe Redux challenge for this month was to cook using tea. I immediately thought of oatmeal and all the variations I could make – green, black, herbal, fruity!
Green tea might be the best thing to start incorporating into your daily routine: not only has it been shown to help with raising metabolism for weight loss, and lowers the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer. While you have to drink a lot of tea to get those benefits, I love the light floral and grassy taste – and thought adding it to my oatmeal might be a fun way to mix up my breakfast. By adding a bit of honey and vanilla extract, any bitter flavor is removed. The flaxseed meal is my secret in making thick oatmeal that tastes like creamy perfection. I hope you try this recipe out if you’re in an oatmeal rut: it’s refreshing, and my new favorite!
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 green tea bag
- 1 cup milk of choice
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed meal
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup toppings (e.g. banana, dried fruit, chopped nuts, flaked coconut)
- Combine boiling water with the green tea bag in a saucepan and let them steep for 5 minutes together.
- Add in milk, oats, and ground flaxseed meal and turn the heat on to medium, beginning to stir when the liquid bubbles. Cook for 5-6 minutes and then turn off the heat. It should be thick and stick to your spoon - feel free to add additional liquid (water, milk, or additional green tea) now if you prefer thinner oatmeal.
- Stir in 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and then let the oatmeal sit for a minute.
- Split the oatmeal into two bowls and top with your favorite toppings.
I like to go crazy with my toppings sometimes, adding about 1/4 cup of banana, dried apricots, walnuts, and coconut.
When I’m feeling simple, I will just add some additional milk to thin out the oatmeal along with a drizzle of honey and walnuts. Find your own favorite combo!