Gingerbread Oats - can you get any better than that? I think not. This bowl of oats will warm your soul and put a smile to your face. Oatmeal is one of those universal dishes which is quite simple and easy to make.So time to step up your oat game and get festiveee
I flipping love oatmeal (porridge or oats, or however you say it). I can’t believe there was a certain time in my life where I absolutely despised oats. There are so many endless options to cook your oats and all sorts of variations! Oh, and eating oats provide so many benefits to your body. THey are incredibly nutritious, rich in fibre, antioxidants, protein and will keep you feeling fulfilled.
I used the gingerbread spice mix from my previous gingerbread spiced donuts which is an easy mix of cinnamon, allspice, ginger and nutmeg. Something about the spice mix is just so comforting and warming to the soul. To use up some cherries which were on the verge of going bad, I decided to cook them down into a simple cherry compote to serve on my oats. The cherry compote is one of my go-to recipes only 3 ingredients- cherries, lemon and sugar. No cherries on hand? Swap for any other berry- just as good! Feel free to top your bowl with whatever you desire. Other than berry compote, I’ve been loving topping my bowls with coconut yoghurt, frozen berries and usually a nice dollop of nut/seed butter. unfortunately,here, I’ve run out of both peanut and almond butter :(
WHat do you top your oats with? ENjoy!!
Comforting Gingerbread Spiced Oatmeal (v,gf)
print recipe here
½ cup traditional rolled oats
1 cup plant mylk
1 tbsp natural coconut yoghurt
1 tbsp hemp seeds (optional)
1-2 tbsp sweetener of choice (coconut sugar, agave, maple syrup or stevia)
GINGERBREAD SPICE MIX (adjust to your liking)
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
⅛ tsp allspice
⅛ tsp ground cloves
⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
SUPER QUICK SINGLE SERVE CHERRY COMPOTE
½ cup fresh pitted cherries
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
½ tbsp sugar (optional, I sometimes find the fruit itself is sweet enough)
Place your oats in a saucepan with the liquid, coconut yoghurt, sweetener and spices. Stir and bring to a boil, then place lid and reduce heat to medium low. Stir frequently and add more liquid if needed for 10-15 minutes or until desired texture is desired
In the meantime, make your cherry compote by placing your cherries, lemon juice and sugar in another saucepan. Stir then bring heat to medium, cover and let cook for approx 10 minutes. Make sure to keep an eye on it and stir frequently.
Once done, top your oats with the cherry compote and other desired toppings! I went with frozen blueberries, coconut yoghurt, chia seeds and extra cinnamon. Enjoy!