Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Peaches and Cream Oatmeal...

A hearty and healthy Vegan breakfast to kick start your day the right way!

Flavor packed and rich with fiber, healthy fats (from the coconut) and protein (from the nuts). So eat your breakfast to "break the fast"!

Coconut water really adds to the flavor of the oatmeal.

Allow the cinnamon- coconut- oatmeal to simmer (small bubbles).

Fresh peaches and roasted almonds are key players!


Peaches and Cream Oatmeal
Author: Brenna Bowers
Serving: 2

1 cup oats (quick oats or old-fashioned)
½ cup light coconut milk
1 ½ cups coconut water (Brenna's fav-Zico, found @ Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Safeway)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
¼ cup toasted almonds, chopped
1 ripe peach, sliced

Optional garnish (not displayed in picture): coconut cream, coconut flakes

In a small saucepan, add the oats, coconut milk, coconut water and cinnamon. On medium-low heat, allow the mixture to come to a simmer (small bubbles); will take about 4-5 minutes. Simmer the oatmeal 1 minute and continually stir (to keep from burning the bottom). Remove from the heat and cover with a lid for 2-5 minutes (Tip 1).

Stir in maple syrup and chopped almonds. Divide the oatmeal mixture into 2 servings and top with peaches. Garnish (optional) with coconut cream or coconut flakes for added coconut flavor.

Tip 1: Covering the oatmeal with a lid is optional. I like my oatmeal thick/less liquid so I place the lid on the mixture so that it continues to cook in its own steam. If you prefer your oatmeal more runny, either cook it less time or add more liquid towards the end.