Breakfast

    Cherry Cinnamon Oatmeal with Hazelnuts

    Most days, I’ll just have a smoothie for breakfast. It’s quick, nutritious and I can sip it while working. Still, it’s nice to change things up, and oatmeal is always a good idea. For a long time, my go-to fruit topping for oatmeal was blueberries. They’re healthy and so delicious! However, they tend to be out of season just when I find myself craving oatmeal in the colder seasons. I didn’t like to use thawed blueberries because I don’t like their texture, but a while ago, I had the idea to use frozen cherries. I find they taste much better thawed than blueberries, so problem solved!

    This vegan Cherry Cinnamon Oatmeal with Hazelnuts is just the thing to warm you right up and a great way to start the day. It’s nutritious and filling and only mildly sweetened with maple syrup. It will leave you feeling full for hours and keeps your blood sugar in check.

    Of course, this vegan cherry oatmeal is also great with other fruit like blueberries, plums, or apples. I like to top it with both almond butter and peanut butter (all or nothing, right?!), or hazelnut butter when I have it in the house, which might be the best kind of nut butter there is. But since I can’t keep myself from eating it by the spoonful on its own, I tend not to buy it too much.

    In the mood for more vegan oatmeal? Try my Pumpkin Pie Steel-Cut Oats!

    Vegan Cherry Cinnamon Oatmeal with Hazelnuts ©HappyChickpeas

    Cherry Cinnamon Oatmeal with Hazelnuts

    serves 2

    Ingredients:

    For the oats:

    • 100 g rolled oats
    • 1/3 cup water
    • 1 cup oat or almond milk, plus more if needed
    • 2 tbsp. chia seeds or ground flaxseeds
    • pinch of salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
    • 1-2 tbsp. chopped hazelnuts

    Toppings:

    • 1 cup cherries or more
    • maple syrup, to taste
    • 1 tsp. to 1 tbsp. almond butter or nut butter of choice
    • more cinnamon, to taste

    Directions:

    1. Combine all of the ingredients for the oats in a medium-sized pot. Bring to a simmer and simmer for a few minutes until you reach your desired consistency, about 5 minutes. You might have to add a splash more milk in the process.
    2. Add desired toppings.
    3. Enjoy!

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