almond milk oatmeal breakfast

oh mornings, lately it’s been getting colder out which means I want to stay in bed under the covers all day.  But alas, school days call and I have to eventually get myself up and moving.  First it’s my morning french press (coming soon!) then on to breakfast, I’m a late eater so this could be considered lunch since I have it around 11am but whatever.  I love this breakfast, it’s so warm and easy to make, it takes me 3 minutes from start to finish.  

The base of this recipe is pretty versatile so you can spice it up however you like.  Right now I’m alternating between using raw cacao for a hot chocolate kinda drink and pumpkin pie spice because everything in fall should taste like pumpkins.

Fun fact – both cacao and cinnamon were once used as currency.  Cacao has such an interesting history involving human sacrifice, and trading brides for cacao pods.  If you want to know more I highly recommend David Wolfe’s book Naked Chocolate.  Raw cacao is high in protein, iron, calcium, magnesium and antioxidants, it’s also a mood elevator – perfect for those days when thesis gets ya down.  Cinnamon lowers blood sugar and brings down LDL (the bad cholesterol); it’s an anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory; it can relieve migraine pain and it also boosts memory – two things we thesis students desperately need help with!  The pumpkin pie spice I get has cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger in it and it tastes like pumpkin pie, that’s all you really need to know.  Oats are a great source of fiber, protein and trace minerals; they keep you full for hours too.  I use unsweetened almond milk because I don’t do well with refined sugars, due to my polycistic ovarian syndrome I have to be really careful of sugar as I’m more prone to insulin resistance and type II diabetes.  But I do like my morning drink a touch sweet so I add a bit of coconut palm sugar, it has a low glycemic index which means it doesn’t spike your blood sugar, plus dr. oz recommends it (that one’s for you mom).

Ingredients

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (only $2 at Trader Joe’s)

1/4 cup oats (I use Trader Joes’ gluten free)

1 teaspoon coconut palm sugar

1 teaspoon raw cacao

dash cinnamon

dash pumpkin pie spice

1 cinnamon stick

Combine all ingredients.  Microwave for 3 minutes stirring once.  Drink with spoon, mmmmm.

I was in a rush the other day so I made a batch and ate it on the train, still just as tasty

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