Finding creative, delicious options for breakfast for someone who is intolerant to milk (whether it is due to the lactose or casein) is difficult. However, this Honey Maple Banana Oatmeal is the perfect solution... because it is dairy free! How am I able to create such a creamy texture for the oatmeal without using milk? Well, I learned a wonderful secret from Veggie Inspired's website: mixing water and banana puree creates the silky texture everyone loves in oatmeal. Expanding on this, I substituted half the water for almond milk to get it even creamier! Believe me, this recipe is very easy and delicious.
Honey Maple Banana Oatmeal
1 cup water
1 cup almond or coconut milk
1/4 cup honey (get the real stuff!)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1-2 tsp vanilla extract (to taste)
2 tsp almond extract (to taste)
cinnamon (to taste)
This recipe is super simple. Place the ingredients in a blender and puree it until smooth. Then, store it in the refrigerator until morning. Is that it? Yup!
In the Morning...
The amount above will make about one week’s worth of puree. Right before you want to make your oatmeal in the morning, shake the puree to make it homogenous (it will separate a bit over night). Then measure out twice as much puree for the amount of oatmeal. So, for example:
1/2 cup puree + 1/4 cup oats -- OR -- 2/3 cup puree + 1/3 cup oats
After mixing the oats with the puree, microwave it for 1-1.5 minutes. You now have perfect, sweet oatmeal with natural ingredients. No processed stuff! Yum!
If you don't mind mushy oats, you can combine the oats and puree when you make it, but I prefer to wait until morning so the oats do not get soggy! Smaller oats also work better.
If you want less sweet oatmeal, just cut back a bit on the honey and maple syrup!
Have you got a favorite recipe that works around your intolerance or a favorite oatmeal recipe?
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