Superfood Oatmeal

I love this oatmeal so much that I have had it several times this week. And not just one serving, oh no. Nowadays, people think oatmeal is boring and flavorless; only ever eaten for its nutritional value. Well, in this recipe, I made it not only healthier, but taste good too.

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With some of my Berry Compote, this oatmeal has a satisfying tart, sweet, and savory taste. Let’s start!

Ingredients (Serves about two):

3 cups of water

1 1/2  tbs. chia seeds

2 cups of oats ( I used gluten free Bob’s Red Mill oats)

1/8 cup coconut shavings

3/4 tbs. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. vanilla

To add in after:

1 batch of my berry compote

2 spoons of honey

coconut milk (as desired)

Cooking:

Throughout this “procedure”, you need to baby the oatmeal. Really, it needs to be stirred and watched all the time. While you contemplate this, set the water on the stove to boil. Just before it does, add in the dry ingredients and turn the heat to medium. Cook the oats for around 10 minutes, then add the vanilla and let it cook for 5 more minutes, or until you have it as you like. Once it cools, and you get your additions ready, put some in a bowl, then add the best thing ever:

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Coconut milk is my favorite thing. I use it in my granola too and would use it in any other suitable situation. Or unsuitable. You never know ’till you try it! Anyways, as I dream of coconut love, you can scoop/pour the berry compote on. Now, drizzle the spoonful of honey over it all. Are you a mixer, or do you eat it as-is? Either is awesome, so I do both, depending on the day. So, savor it, smell it, and enjoy the rest of your morning.

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Berry Compote

This compote is so deliciously simple. Three ingredients: tart strawberries and blueberries contrasted by rich honey.

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Compote keeps for a few days in an airtight container in the fridge. It is different from jam in that way, and it is so much easier! Here is how to make it:

Ingredients (serves two):

5 strawberries

2 handfuls of blueberries (switch the fruit for any you happen to have!)

1 spoonful of honey

Cooking:

Pick out the strawberries and blueberries you want, and cut the strawberries into fourths, depending on how large they are.  I left a few smaller ones whole, to add texture and variation. Turn the stove to medium and stir fry the berries and honey for around 8 minutes, then on medium-low for 1-2 minutes. The fruit should be semi-broken down.

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These are the berries after only a few minutes on the stove.

Once the consistency is to your liking, top anything from toast to ice-cream or my oatmeal with this compote!