The Best Recipe for 5-Minute Power Oatmeal Bowl

By: Dr. Lesley D'Souza, ND, Jul 21, 2019
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Naturopathic Doctor, Oakville ON, Oatmeal Recipe

Quick, Fast, and Easy-to-make Power Oatmeal Bowl to Start Your Day

This is my favourite recipe for a bowl of hot oatmeal, ready in less than 5 minutes! Soaking the oatmeal mixture overnight cuts down the cook time the morning of—all you have to do is heat it on the stove for a minute or two. Don't forget to mix the ingredients the night before. For a fall twist, add a pinch of cinnamon, ground ginger, and allspice on top of each bowl.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana, mashed (the riper/spottier the better)
  • 2 heaping tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats (use certified gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax (optional, see note)
  • For garnish: soaked almonds, pepita seeds, hemp hearts, cinnamon, toasted coconut, nut butter, spices (cinnamon, ginger, allspice)


Directions:

  1. The night before: Grab a medium bowl and mash the banana until smooth. Now stir in the chia, oats, cinnamon, milk, and water until combined. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. In the morning: Scoop the oat mixture into a medium pot. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat immediately to medium-low, and stir frequently until heated throughout and thickened. At the end of cooking, stir in flax, if using.
    Pour oats into bowl. Garnish with your desired toppings.


Tips:

  • The ground flax is optional because it creates a bit of a strange texture (almost like a flax egg) in this oatmeal. I don't mind it, but some people might. If you think you will, just leave it out or sprinkle some ground flax on top instead.
  • I love topping my oats with spices—a pinch of cinnamon, ground ginger, and allspice create my perfectly spiced bowl.

Dr. Lesley D’Souza, ND began her studies at the University of Toronto, obtaining a Bachelors of Science in Human Biology with a minor in psychology. She then received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine at The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Ontario which is an accredited four-year, intensive post-graduate naturopathic medical program. As part of her studies, Dr. Lesley completed a twelve-month internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic, the largest naturopathic clinic in North America. http://www.drlesleynd.com