Cooked Rolled Oats

Cooked Rolled Oats PinThis Cooked Rolled Oats recipe is a traditional favorite and a hearty breakfast that’s sure to keep you satisfied until lunch. Enjoy topped with your favorite fruit and/or berries.

We like our oats and eat them a lot. We especially like them raw in our Rolled Oats Breakfast, but on a cold winter morning, these Cooked Rolled Oats are hot and satisfying.

Whole grains like oats have gotten a bad reputation from the low carb communities, which may be contributing to the leading cause of death among those who eat very little them: heart disease.

Whole grains, especially oats, have been shown in numerous clinical trials to reduce heart disease, prevent strokes and help with weight control. In fact, eating 3 servings of whole grains per day may be just as effective at treating hypertension as taking prescribed medications.

If you’re still a believer in the low carb fad diets, it may be time to revisit your preconceptions to minimize your risk of preventable disease.

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Vegan Mushroom Risotto with Chia Seeds

Vegan Mushroom Risotto Chia Seed PinThis Vegan Mushroom Risotto with Chia Seeds recipe is a decadent and filling treat. It pairs well with a Hearty Side Salad, Roasted AsparagusSteamed Broccoli or anything green to add some color to your rich and creamy risotto.

Risotto is a traditional dish from Northern Italy made with Arborio rice. This type of rice is starchier than regular white rice, and the starch is released while cooking, giving the dish its creamy texture. Don’t use regular rice for this recipe or it won’t come out right.

Chia Seeds are a good source of Omega 3 so we try to mix them in whenever we can. According to Dr. Greger, a tablespoon of chia seeds or flax seeds is all you need to get your daily dose of Omega 3 fatty acids (sans saturated fat, cholesterol and mercury found in the most recommended source of Omega 3’s: fish). This recipe gets you halfway to your daily amount. We also like to throw half a tbsp of flax meal in our Rolled Oats Breakfast, too.

Note: Remember to soak your cashews ahead of time so your Vegan Cashew Cream is ready when your risotto is finished.

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Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding PinThis Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding is a delicious dessert or snack to satisfy your chocolate cravings. It’s also a good source of Omega 3’s from the chia seeds.

Most pudding has gelatin in it, which isn’t vegan. You can substitute gelatin with guar gum, but this recipe doesn’t need it. The chia seeds absorb the almond milk and form a gelatinous texture. It needs to sit for a least 3 hours for the absorption to happen so plan accordingly.

You can top it with some fresh raspberries or a dollop of vegan whipped cream, or just eat it plain like I do.

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Chia Seed Jam

Chia Seed Jam PinThis Chia Seed Jam is a nutritious alternative to the sugar and additive laden jam you buy at the store. The chia seeds give it a gelatinous texture plus a lot of additional fiber, calcium, iron and magnesium.

You can make this recipe with either fresh or frozen berries. We usually keep a large bag of frozen berries in the freezer so we never run out of this delicious condiment.

You can mash the berries with a fork or potato masher if you prefer a thicker, chunkier jam. I prefer a smoother texture so we use the blender and pulse it a few times to break down the larger berries.

We like to use this jam on our multigrain toast and as a sweetener in our Rolled Oats Breakfast.

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Raw Rolled Oats Breakfast

Raw Rolled Oats Breakfast Port PinAmelia got this Raw Rolled Oats Breakfast idea from her Plant-Based Certification program. We never thought to eat uncooked rolled oats before, but they’re absolutely delicious! They’re also very filling and last both of us all the way to lunch.

Think of this Raw Rolled Oats Breakfast as a hearty cereal. You wouldn’t cook cornflakes or bran flakes before eating them, and you don’t need to cook your rolled oats, either. We don’t recommend steel cut oats, though. They’re a little too tough to eat uncooked unless you soak them overnight using a recipe like our Vegan Overnight Oats.

We had blueberries, strawberries and bananas on hand, so we used those, but you could also use mango, papaya, raspberries, blackberries, dragon fruit, peaches, apples or your favorite fruit.

Dried fruit like cranberries or raisins are also good additions, especially if you’re out of fresh or frozen fruit. Some chopped almonds, pecans, walnuts or hazelnuts would also taste great. And we also like to add maca powder, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds when we have them.

We use stevia to sweeten our oats because we don’t have a lot of healthy sweetener options here in Ecuador. Applesauce is a rare find. Maple syrup must be imported from Canada so it’s about 4 times as expensive here as it is in the states. Blackstrap molasses is unheard of here. So is U-Sweet. Sometimes we use agave syrup, but it tends to be bitter here, so we’ve started using stevia. We encourage you to use the smallest amount of the healthiest sweetener you can find, or skip it entirely.

We added both ground flax seeds and unground chia seeds. They’re both good plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are really important for vegans to consume since we don’t eat mercury and chemical laden fish. Greger recommends 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds per day as part of his daily dozen, so you’ll get the whole amount in this one meal.

It’s important to grind the flax seeds or they’ll pass right through you without the nutrients being absorbed. Greger recommends grinding the chia seeds, too. Some studies suggest your body will better absorb the omega-3’s contained within chia seeds if they’re ground. Sometimes we grind them. Sometimes we don’t. You can just add both seeds to your coffee grinder and grind them up together if you want to.

We’ve also started adding amla powder to our oats in attempt to lower my cholesterol. You can read about my ongoing battle in “Can Vegans Get Heart Disease?” Amla powder is Indian gooseberry extract that has been used for thousands of years in India to treat all sorts of ailments. More recently, it has been shown to perform as well as two leading statin drugs at lowering cholesterol so we decided to give it a try. It’s too early to determine if it’s helping, but we’ll keep you posted.

Raw Rolled Oats Breakfast

If you don’t have any non-dairy milk on hand, you can use water or juice. We got this trick from Dr. Esselstyn’s book, “Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease.” Ecuador hasn’t caught up to the states in the non-dairy milk category, so it’s not widely available. When we’ve travelled here, the hotels and B&B’s often have oats, but no non-dairy milk. They do have the most amazing fresh squeezed juice, though. I especially like fresh squeezed naranja, papaya and mango juice in my oats. Yum!

Despite the sheer volume of food contained in one bowl of this Raw Rolled Oats Breakfast, we sometimes still feel hungry after eating it. A glass of water takes care of that, causing all of the oats and seeds to expand in our stomachs, and makes this hearty breakfast last several hours without the need for snacking.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it should be the most filling while containing low glycemic foods that slowly release their glucose over several hours. That will keep your hunger at bay and prevent you from snacking before the next meal.

If you haven’t read it yet, we highly recommend reading “Breaking the Food Seduction” by Dr. Neal Barnard. He goes into great detail about the benefits of eating oats for breakfast in terms of weight loss and overall health.

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Vegan Chia Seed Pancakes

Vegan Chia Seed PancakesThese Vegan Chia Seed Pancakes are both filling and delicious. The chia seeds give them extra volume, fiber and protein to keep you going all morning.

Chia seeds are a great source of protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and calcium. Numerous studies show that chia seeds help with skin conditions, aging, digestive health, heart health, treatment of diabetes, stronger bones, muscle building, weight loss, cancer prevention and treatment, and dental health. These benefits surely put chia seeds in the super food category.

Because they expand in liquid, chia seeds make you feel fuller and therefore eat less. That’s why they help with weight loss. When prepared in meals like these pancakes, they’re hardly noticeable, but you still get their powerful nutrient punch.

We like to cook our pancakes on an electric griddle. You can cook more of them at once and they cook more evenly than cooking them on the stove.

These Vegan Chia Seed Pancakes are oil free and soy free, but you can probably make them gluten free by swapping out the all-purpose flour with a gluten free variety. If you try that, let us know how it goes in the comments.

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Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Peanut Butter Banana SmoothieThis Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie recipe will make you think it’s a delicious dessert. It’s rich and creamy, but packed full of nutrients.

Bananas are a great source of potassium, but they’re also a great source of complex carbs, and the dates are too. Those complex carbs will help you power through your next workout and the peanut butter slows down the absorption so you get a nice and steady burn.

If you make this smoothie ahead of time, you can take it to work with you for lunch. And if you add a little spinach to it, you won’t taste it but it’ll add extra nutrients and the green hue will keep the refrigerator poachers at bay.

You’ll need to freeze your bananas ahead of time, but be sure to peel them first. It’s not easy to peel a frozen banana…

You can make this peanut butter banana smoothie raw by using fresh ground peanut butter and homemade almond milk.

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Vegan Overnight Oats

Vegan Overnight Oats PinThis raw vegan overnight oats recipe is fast and easy to make, and it works great for busy morning schedules. The hardest part is remembering to prepare it the night before!

Oats are a nutritious way to start your day. According to Dr. Greger, “Oats contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant phytonutrients that can help prevent buildup in the arteries and maintain arterial function. The fiber in oatmeal binds to cholesterol, resulting in lower blood cholesterol levels. In fact, just one serving a day of oats or barley may lower cholesterol.”

Oatmeal is also great for your weight loss goals! “The soluble fiber of oatmeal forms a gel in the stomach, delaying stomach emptying. The oatmeal fiber makes people feel full for a longer period, helping with weight loss. In a double-blinded randomized trial of overweight and obese men and women, almost 90% of the oatmeal-treated subjects reduced their body weight compared to the control group that had no weight loss.”

We like vegan overnight oats because it’s a hearty breakfast that you don’t have to cook in the morning. This recipe makes enough for 4 servings so for us, we can eat it on two different mornings. I don’t recommend keeping it more than two days, though, so you’ll need to finish it quickly.

If you love oats like we do, you might also enjoy our raw Rolled Oats Breakfast recipe.

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Steel Cut Oats Recipe

Steel Cut Oats Recipe PinThis Steel Cut Oats Recipe is a staple breakfast for us. It’s filling and easy to prepare, with lots of healthy nutrients. While they’re almost nutritionally equal, steel cut oats fill us up more than Cooked Rolled Oats and seem to stick with us longer.

Chia Seeds and Flax Seeds are considered by many to be super-foods because of their nutritional density. They have lots of fiber and protein, and they’re also a great source of omega-3s, which are important for us plant-based eaters to get since we don’t eat fish.

The peanut butter thickens up the oats and adds more protein while the fats slow the absorption of the carbs helping to control blood sugar spikes, which can lead to hunger once your blood sugar crashes a few hours later. With the spices and fruit, this makes a delicious and nutritious breakfast.

If you have a sweet tooth, you can add more sweetener. We used stevia because that’s easy to find here in Ecuador while other natural sweeteners are either hard to find or very expensive. Feel free to use your favorite sweetener, or skip it entirely.

Steel Cut Oats RecipeWe suggest consuming some calcium fortified non-dairy milk every day to help ensure you’re getting enough calcium in your diet, especially if you’re a vegan. Some studies show that vegans who consume less than 525 mg of calcium per day suffer increased fracture rates compared to non-vegans and vegans who consume more than 525 mg of calcium per day.

For most brands, 8 ounces (1 cup) of calcium fortified non-dairy milk contains more than 400 mg of calcium so that puts you almost there for the day. You can easily make up the rest of your calcium needs with whole plant foods like kale, broccoli, brussels sprouts, beans, potatoes, etc. All plants have some calcium, but not all is easily absorbable so you just need to eat more of them to get your calcium needs met if you don’t want to drink fortified non-dairy milk.

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