Looking for an easy and quick vegan breakfast? Say hi to Velvet Cherry Oatmeal!
Looking for a fresh, delicious, and vegan spring breakfast alternative? Well, I’ve got one for all of you today – Velvet Cherry Oatmeal. This easy vegan breakfast is one of my all-time favorites, simply because it is a refreshing, delicious energy booster. If you’re one who doesn’t really have enough time to whip up a healthy breakfast, this seasonal oatmeal recipe is well-suited for you.
How to prepare this plant-based spring cherry breakfast is what we will be talking about today. But before that, let’s understand why we need to use more natural sweeteners such as fruits in our diets instead of artificial sweeteners. I will also be giving you a brief insight into why I have included oats in this delectable recipe.
Fruits – the Best Sweeteners
At SCK we advocate for using fruits simply because they are a healthy alternative to all the other sugary substances out there. No matter how tempting it is to include these in our meals, the short, as well as long term consequences of artificial sugars in our body, are not good.
Numerous research papers and studies have listed down the ill effects of artificial sugars. An article in Springer talks about the potential toxicity of artificial sweeteners. It states that while all artificial sweeteners are meant to be the ‘healthier alternative’ to sugar, in reality, they are not. In fact, the research data suggest that the effects of artificial sweeteners contribute to metabolic anomalies. This, in turn, will lead to an obesity epidemic that will be very difficult to deal with.
The only alternative that we have to artificial sweeteners is either going cold turkey with it; no sugar or natural eating and using fruits instead. The book Bioactive Food as Dietary Interventions for Arthritis and Related Inflammatory Diseases also talks about how fruits help counter inflammation and help deal with arthritis and other inflammatory diseases. The amazing properties of fruits have a positive impact on your overall health too. If you want to know more about the benefits of this gorgeous spring fruit, click here.
Benefits of Oats
Incredibly nutritious, whole oats are rich in essential antioxidants. Full of fiber, oats are perfect for the health of your gut as well as help lower cholesterol levels in the body. Oats are the perfect breakfast option, especially for those looking to knock off those extra kilos. They’re super filling and are the best snack to tackle untimely hunger pangs. The Cambridge Core emphasizes the nutritional value of oats too. On an overall basis, oats are one of the healthiest breakfast options we can opt for – couple it with fruits, and you are in for a wholesome meal right at the beginning of your day!
Let’s get started with the recipe to the Velvet Cherry Oatmeal:
- high-speed blender
- 1 1/4 cup oat milk or any other non-dairy milk of your choice
- 1 cup cherries fresh or frozen, pitted
- 1 banana ripe, small
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the Jam topping
- 1/4 cup cherries fresh or frozen, pitted
- 1/2 tbsp water
For the rest of the Toppings
- 1 pinch oat milk or any other non-dairy milk of your choice
- 1 pinch Hemp seeds
- Blend all the ingredients – except for the toppings- in the high-speed blender.
- Place it in a sauce pan over medium heat, and heat until it thickens without stopping stirring.
- In another saucepan, heat over medium heat the toppings for a jam. Heat while stirring until you get something similar to a jam.
- Serve the oatmeal, add a little milk on top – if you want – the jam, and top with the hemp seeds. Enjoy!