Vegan Oatmeal Recipe- Pecan Pie Flavor
a vegan oatmeal recipe worth getting out of bed for! This pecan pie oatmeal is decadent and flavorful but healthy too. Tis the season of changing leaves, colder days and warmer meals. And naturally, oatmeal for breakfast becomes a staple! Your grandmother was right (about a lot of things) and oatmeal for breakfast is definitely one of them! While I love a fruit based oatmeal (check out this strawberry banana version here) the indulgent feel of this vegan oatmeal recipe gets me every time!
Avoid Packaged Oatmeal
While many people know that “oatmeal is good for you”, so many opt for the traditional, instant packages when rushed in the mornings. While I can understand the appeal of “fast”, especially when trying to stress-less on a busy school morning most of those packages are full of added sugars, freeze dried fruit and not nearly as many nutrients as you’re hoping.
When I was in my early twenties, I wasn’t even thinking about nutritional benefits! I bought the instant oatmeal because I literally didn’t know there was another option.
I wasn’t exactly kitchen savvy (read about my journey to health) and it was a running joke that I could burn a pot of water- seriously, it’s totally been done!
It took the original Clean Eating Book by Tosca Reno for me to realize that you could actually make your own oatmeal.
Taking the time to make a homemade vegan oatmeal recipe means that you can cram a lot of extra health benefits into one little bowl.. and still have it taste great!
Using regular oats (over the instant variety) means that you’ll be getting a lot more fiber and protein. When your grandma said that oats “stick to your insides” she wasn’t lying! The extra fiber helps reduce cholesterol, protect against heart disease and keep you full much, much longer.
Which means it’s perfect for kids in the morning! It’ll help keep them both full and focused.
Nutritional Benefits Of This Vegan Oatmeal Recipe
Oatmeal is also amazing for any breastfeeding mama out there. Oats have long been shown to help keep milk supply high which is perfect because they’re also nice and filling. And as a new mom, you’re more often than not ravenous!
This pecan pie inspirited vegan oatmeal recipe not only comes with traditional oat perks but also with a host of other healthy ingredients!
Chia seeds are an amazing fat (and protein source) specifically geared towards fighting inflammation.
These little seeds are one of my favorites because they contain so many nutrients and also because they help thicken the oatmeal. I truly believe that every toddler should have chia seeds in their diet – here’s a few more ideas outside of vegan oatmeal recipes on how to get chia seeds into your diet.
This pecan pie oatmeal uses natural sugars in place of processed ones and the dates help keep it sweet while the pure maple syrup makes it decadent.
The lack of added sugars not only keep it tasty but help reduce your overall intake for the day and prevent too many spikes in blood sugar levels. Which means your kiddos have a hope at focusing on school instead of getting wound up and asked to sit still!
Homemade Oatmeal For Kids
One of my pet peeves with instant breakfasts is that they don’t keep you full very long but still jack you up. This is because they’re made up of a lot of sugars and fast absorbing carbohydrates.
All this does is make you crash in about an hour, leaving you sleepy, hungry and definitely not helping kids focus!
Instead, this pecan pie oatmeal helps slow the release of the sugars while keeping you full.
It’s ideal for kids in the morning because it will get them through until their next snack while also giving them enough fuel to really boost their brain function and focus early on in the morning. Though if you need something speedier for school mornings, opt for these healthy, homemade, make-a-head breakfast ideas!
It may take a few extra minutes in the morning but having your kids (and yourself!) focused and prepped for the day is definitely worth it!
Ingredients In The Vegan Oatmeal Recipe
- 1/3 cups regular, gluten free oats
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 1/4 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 6 dates, chopped
- 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
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How To Make This Healthy Oatmeal
In a small pot combine the oats, chia, almond milk and dates. Heat over medium heat for 6-9 minutes until rolling boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 1-2 minutes.
Remove from heat and let sit to thicken.
Stir in the vanilla and maple syrup.
In the meantime, toast the coconut in the oven at 300 for 2 minutes or until just turning brown. Repeat with the pecans.
Pour the oatmeal into the bowl and top with coconut and pecans – enjoy!
Makes one large or two small servings.
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Makes one regular size or two small servings.
Pecan Pie Oatmeal
Makes one regular size or two small servings.
This tasty, healthy, pecan pie oatmeal makes the perfect breakfast for kids and moms! It’s filled with healthy, filling ingredients perfect to fuel little minds before school and will keep you full much longer than any instant variety. This pecan pie oatmeal is healthy, creamy and decadent!