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A healthy breakfast can make a huge difference in your day. A solid meal energizes you, gives you nutrients, prevents brain fog and keeps you from raiding the office vending machine. But eating a balanced plate isn’t easy. A simple solution? Throw all the elements of a perfect morning meal into a bowl. Start with a an oatmeal base to build a delicious one-dish meal.
(makes enough for 4 days)
Place 14 cup steel-cut oats, a pinch of salt and 32 cups of water in a medium-sized saucepan. Bring to a boil, immediately turn off heat, and let oats soak overnight covered.
In a bowl, mix together chia seeds and water. Let sit until a thick gel forms, about 30 minutes. Place the chia seed gel in a blender along with raspberries and honey. Pulse a few times until just combined. Place jam in the refrigerator overnight. Stir milk, banana and cinnamon into the soaked oats and heat over medium-low until warmed through. Divide among 4 containers and top with raspberry chia jam and peanut butter.
Nutritional Info Per Serving: 436 Calories, 16G Protein, 15G Fat, 65G Carbs, 89MG Sodium
Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal
Place cherries, lemon zest, maple syrup and almond extract (if using) in a blender container, and pulse into a slightly chunky mixture. Stir milk, cinnamon and chocolate into soaked oats and heat over medium-low until chocolate has melted. Divide among 4 containers and top with cherry sauce and walnuts.
Nutritional Info Per Serving: 434 Calories, 12G Protein, 16G Fat, 63G Carbs, 77MG Sodium
Carrot Cake Oatmeal
Stir carrot, milk, vanilla, raisins, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon into soaked oats, and heat over medium-low until warmed through. Divide among 4 containers and top with pecans, coconut and maple syrup.
Nutritional Info Per Serving: 428 Calories, 12G Protein, 15G Fat, 65G Carbs, 30MG Sodium