Oatmeal gets a bad rap for being boring and bland, but it’s one of my favorite healthy breakfast options, especially when I need something to warm up a cold, dark, midwinter morning in Manhattan.
This simple and wholesome meal is made with just hot water and gluten-free oats. It can be topped off with dried or fresh fruit, nuts, non-dairy milk like almond milk, hemp milk or rice milk and many other superfood goodies to add some flavor and a hefty antioxidant boost. Keep in mind that regular oats are often cross contaminated with other grains so for those of you with food allergies, autoimmune diseases, inflammation or food intolerances, it’s best to play it safe and opt for a brand that specializes in gluten-free oats.
It’s a great allergy-friendly food that can easily be packed with protein and will surely keep you full and energized until the afternoon hours roll around. Oatmeal is super easy to whip up with an Electric Kettle- no need for a stove top or an oven. I use my KitchenAid® Pro Line® Series Electric Kettle. it’s by far the most incredible thing I’ve ever used in my life! It’s not just for tea or hot cocoa; there’s a whole world out there for what you can do with this Electric Kettle and oats are just the beginning.
Having food allergies can be hard enough, so my philosophy is to keep my life and food as simple as possible- one little misstep or cross contamination and I’m sick in bed for days. That’s why I invest in high-end products that make my life easier and don’t allow for any cross contamination. This little machine is a power house- all you need to do is fill it with water and plug it in and you’ve got yourself a pot of boiling water.
When I’m in a rush in the morning or running out the door for a day’s worth of meetings downtown where there is no allergy-friendly food in sight, I’m sure to pack my breakfast with as much nutritional punch as possible. That means lots of whole grains, healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, fiber and protein.
All you need to do with this handy-dandy water maker is simply pour the heated water over half a cup of gluten-free oats in a small bowl; mix well to combine and let soak for about three minutes. You can add as much or as little as you’d like. I actually like my oats nice and thick, so I use less water but it tastes great either way. You can use the soaking time to get your toppings ready, and you’ll have a hearty hot breakfast in no time. Here is a list of my favorite flavor combinations to keep my oatmeal adventures exciting. For each recipe below, use 1/2 cup dry gluten-free oats and as much hot water as you’d like to reach your desired consistency.
Basic Gluten-Free Oatmeal
Makes 1 serving
1/2 cup gluten-free oats
1 cup hot water
10 Ways with Oatmeal
Dried Cherry & Walnut Oatmeal: Gluten-free oats, hot water, 2 tablespoons rice milk, 1 tablespoon dried cherries, cinnamon, chopped walnuts, slivered almonds.
Mango Ginger Oatmeal: Gluten-free oats, hot water, 2 tablespoons almond milk, 2 pieces chopped dried mango, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 tablespoon cacao nibs, 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger.
Cranberry Chia Oatmeal: Gluten-free oats, hot water, 2 tablespoons coconut milk, 2 tablespoons dried cranberries, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon melted coconut oil, 1 tablespoon chia seeds.
Lemon Maple Oatmeal: Gluten-free oats, 2 teaspoon rice milk, hot water, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, 2 tablespoons slivered almonds, 1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon zest, 1 tablespoon coconut sugar.
Creamy Cashew Oatmeal: Gluten-free oats, 2 tablespoon cashew milk, hot water, 1/2 teaspoon almond extract, 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds, 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds.
Strawberry Honey Oatmeal: Gluten-free oats, hot water, 2 teaspoon hemp milk, 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds, 4 large fresh diced strawberries, 1 1/2 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon coconut flakes, 1/4 teaspoon poppy seeds.
Hemp Seed & Pear Oatmeal: Gluten-free oats, hot water, 2 tablespoons rice milk, 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds, 1 large diced pear, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, 1 tablespoon hemp seeds.
Strawberry Banana Oatmeal: Gluten-free oats, hot water, 2 tablespoons almond milk, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts, 1 medium sliced bananas, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 tablespoon strawberry jam.
Raspberry Almond Oatmeal: Gluten-free oats, hot water, 2 tablespoons almond milk, 1 small diced fresh apple,1/4 teaspoon almond extract, 2 tablespoons raspberry jam.
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal: Gluten-free oats, hot water, 1/4 cup coconut milk yogurt, 2 tablespoons dairy-free dark chocolate chips, 2 tablespoons peanut butter.
Place dry oats into a small cereal bowl; set aside. Pour water into your KitchenAid® Pro Line® Series Electric Kettle and bring to a boil. Pour hot water into the dry oats until you reach your desired oatmeal consistency. Add toppings and dairy-free milk options such as the 10 ideas above.
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