If you follow me on Instagram then you know that I absolutely LOVE oatmeal almost as much as I LOVE peanut butter. I eat oatmeal almost everyday and make sure to include a healthy fat (like flaxseed, nut butter or seeds) every time.
My Peanut Butter Banana Flaxseed Oatmeal recipe includes a lot of my favourite foods that are both filling and healthy. The high fiber, fat and protein content means this breakfast will keep you feeling fuller for longer which = less “hangry” episodes = good news for everyone.
Flaxseed is a great addition to your morning routine as is it contains Omega 3 fatty acids which are good fats and have been shown to improve heart-health and decrease your risk of a slew of other chronic health conditions. Woohoo!!
In addition to that, flaxseed also contains plant lignans which have both phytoestrogen and antioxidant qualities. Translation: they can help balance hormones safely and naturally and fight inflammation. Double win!
If that wasn’t enough, flaxseed also contains a sh*t-ton of fiber (both soluble and insoluble) which helps you feel full longer and can help improve cholesterol levels. Good news all-round!
So my questions to you is why wouldn’t you want to include flaxseed? 😉
Well I could go on for hours about flaxseed and all the health benefits but I’ll save you the long boring read and get straight to the good stuff! Here is the recipe – I topped this recipe with my homemade granola but feel free to add whatever toppings your heart desires! Enjoy!
Peanut Butter Banana Flaxseed Oatmeal
- 1/4 cup rolled oats (use certified gluten-free if GF)
- 1/4 cup oat bran (use certified GF oat bran if GF)*
- 1/4 cup coconut yogurt (I used silk vanilla unsweetened)
- 1-2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 banana
- 1 Tbsp of creamy natural peanut butter (or your favourite nut butter)
- Homemade granola, hemp heart seeds, fresh berries and/or your favourite seeds
- Start by making the oatmeal on stovetop as directed for 1/2 cup oatmeal.** You may need extra water as oat bran can soak up a bit more water than regular rolled oats.
- Once at desired consistency, remove from heat.
- Add the flaxseed, cinnamon, vanilla extract, peanut butter and coconut yogurt. Stir to combine.
- Pour into bowl and top with sliced banana and desired toppings.
- Serve immediately.
- *You can find oat bran at your grocery store in your health food aisle - I use bob mill. I use oat bran because it has a higher fiber content and gives the oatmeal a really nice creamy texture. If you can't find oat bran or can't find certified GF oat bran, then you can use oat flour by grinding oats in a food processor or coffee grinder. Alternatively, you can just use 1/2 cup of regular oats.
- **Hint: you can soak the oats overnight to make them super quick to heat up on the stove in the morning.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I am off to Spain and Portugal tonight so I will be sure to share photos of my adventure along the way!