I’m a breakfast person. I don’t engage in a conversation before I have had my coffee and whatever I feel like having on a particular day. But Is breakfast good for our health? A lot of researches have answered yes to this question, but most of these researches are funded or sponsored by the big breakfast food companies like Quaker Oats and Kellogg’s. Hence, their credibility is obviously questioned. I watched a Vox video that suggested that “breakfast is good for you” concept is a myth created by the Kellogg’s company back in 1906. That being said, I enjoy having my breakfast every day. I feel if I have a healthy breakfast, I’m going to be in charge for the rest of the day. You know?
I always like to start my day with a healthy meal. My go-to breakfast is oats. I love oats so much I cried once when I found out in the morning that I have run out of them, Ok, too many information.
We can argue about the benefits of having breakfast, but no one can argue with the fact that Oatmeal is a breakfast superfood. Oats are a whole grain food loaded with manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron… the list goes on and on. I also have to specify that oats contain beta-glucan, a type of fiber that reduces cholesterol and insulin and makes you fuller for longer, and eventually help you lose weight. Therefore, these are the recipes that I eat almost every day at breakfast, well if I don’t have donuts.
1- Banana Oats Pancake
My favorite breakfast falls on the weekends when I wake up at noon and have the entire morning to my self. This recipe takes 15 minutes to make and is full of nutrients, It’s not the fastest I know, but I like to indulge in this one. It’s one of the best healthy oatmeal recipes, trust me you won’t miss the real pancakes once you have tried these.
1/2 cup oats (Old-fashioned oats or quick cooking oats)
A splash of vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup of milk
Half a banana
Throw everything in a blender. Pour it in a hot greased pan et Voila! Fruits are optional, honey or maple syrup is mandatory.
2- Oats Parfait
This is a quick oats recipe that is so simple and looks so fancy it worth that Instagram story shot.
1 greek yogurt
1 tablespoon of honey
4 tablespoons of oats (Old-fashioned oats or quick cooking oats)
1 fruit of your choice
In a clear glass start layering the ingredients. One layer yogurt then oats then honey then the fruits. Repeat till the rim of the glass. Now your breakfast is camera ready. Better if you prepare it to stay overnight in the fridge. Perfect if you prefer a cold oats meal and have a busy morning.
3- Oats Porridge
A rolled oats recipe you should definitely try. Ok, ok, I know what you are going to say porridges are boring, but really you can spice up yours with this easy recipe.
1/2 cup rolled oats
An apple, diced
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
a vanilla splash
1 tablespoon of honey
1/2 boiling water
Honey and Walnuts
In a pot over the stove, put your rolled oats with 1 and a half cups of boiling water (triple the oats amount), then add all the spices with half of the diced apple. Cook till your preferred consistency. Add the remaining apples to give you that crunchy texture. Drizzle with honey, add walnuts and devour.
4-Banana Bread Mug Cake
This is one of my favorite healthy breakfasts. When I feel like having cake in the morning, which is not the healthiest thing, I found this recipe on Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking website, and it changed my life.
1/2 medium banana, mashed
1 tablespoon peanut butter
Splash of vanilla
4 tablespoons oat flour (basically oats blended in a blender )
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Mix the ingredients and microwave for a minute and put that slice of Black Forest down.
5- Chocolate Oats Crepes
I saved the best for last because really, who doesn’t love crepes!
This healthy oatmeal recipe is super easy, filling and delicious minus the guilt factor.
1 cup oats (Old-fashioned oats or quick cooking oats)
1 cup milk
A splash vanilla
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
Mix all the ingredients in a blender. Pour 1/4 cup of the batter into the hot pan, and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Cook over medium heat. Don’t flip until you see the edges are starting to brown become a little crisp (about 40 seconds). and formed bubbles to avoid the mess. Transfer to a clean plate.
Now you can get creative with the filling. You can use Nutella, but them damned calories.
For this crepe recipe, I make a chocolate syrup at home with only 2 ingredients. 1 tablespoon honey and some cocoa powder, with few drops of water. Microwave it for a few seconds, and pour it on your crepe. This syrup is not an equivalent to Nutella, but it’s for my other health freaks. You are free to add your choice of fruits, mine is always bananas and strawberry.
And now what about you, are you a breakfast eater? And if so, what do you have for breakfast? Any healthy recipes in mind you can share?