The Breakfast Club: G.O.A.T(MEAL)

We don’t know about you, but the day we woke up to find our mom wasn’t going to make us breakfast every single morning anymore was the worst day EVER. Almost as bad as when One Direction broke up. Almost.

Now that our moms have ABANDONED us like that (rude), we’re forced to come up with something to eat every morning before we go to school and more often than not it ends up being toast. Sometimes, if we’re getting particularly creative, a bagel. Pure adventure.

That’s why we’re inviting you to join The Breakfast Club by, the one and only, Zenzy. An even more fun take on the movie our parents are always talking about, where you can come and get some easy but tasty ideas for breakfast. We’ll post new Breakfast Club articles all the time, so keep coming back to check for new, fun and easy recipes!!

Today’s fun & innovative idea!?!?!

Oatmeal.

Oatmeal can be great even when it doesn’t have dino eggs in it (but we’re not afraid to admit that we lovedino eggs).  Especially in fall, when there’s nothing more enjoyable than cozying up with a warm breakfast filled with fall-ish spices like cinnamon, and yummy nut butters.

Keep reading below for (five) fresh takes on oatmeal (no dino eggs included, sorry).

To make the oatmeal, you can just buy some microwaveable Quaker steel-cut oats from the grocery store, and add the recommended amount of water it says on the package before popping your bowl in the microwave. OR, you can take our favourite tip and substitute a nut milk for the water. Then, add the toppings we listed below! You can add the toppings either before or after, depending on whether you want them to be hot or cold (but we always prefer hot!)

We’ve listed the recipes below from easiest to most difficult (which are still pretty easy). The ‘difficult’ recipes have some more precise measurements, but we’re big fans of going by our ~feelings~ and adding however much looks good, so feel free to do that as well!!

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal:

  • ¼ cup of Pumpkin Puree (grab this in a can from Trader Joes!) (or a couple spoonfuls)
  • 1 cup of Almond Milk (or a splash)
  • ¼ cup of Maple Syrup (or a drizzle)
  • Sprinkle of Cinnamon and Nutmeg
  • Dash of Vanilla Extract
  • ½ cup of Pecans (or a handful)
  • Sprinkle of Brown Sugar
  • Pinch of Salt

PB&J Oatmeal:

  • Make the oatmeal with almond milk instead of water
  • Couple spoonfuls of crunchy peanut butter
  • Couple spoonfuls of your favourite jelly
  • Add a banana if you’re interested!

BB Oatmeal:

  • Sliced Banana
  • Handful of Blueberries
  • Handful of Sliced Almonds
  • Handful of Raisins
  • Spoonful of Cashew Butter (or any other nut butters!)
  • Drizzle some honey on top!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Oatmeal:

  • Sliced Strawberries (as many as you like!)
  • Handful of Cocoa nibs
  • Handful of Walnuts
  • Dash of Vanilla Extracts

Fall Oatmeal:

  • 1 Apple (sliced)
  • Handful of Dates (sliced)
  • Dash(es) of Cinnamon
  • Handful of Pecans (halved)

Almond Coconut Chai Spice Oatmeal:

  • 2 cups Almond-Coconut Milk
  • 2 tablespoons of Maple Syrup (aka 2 spoonfuls)
  • ¾ tsp Chai spice (or cinnamon + nutmeg!) (1 small spoon)
  • ¼ cup Almonds (toasted) (A handful!)
  • ¼ cup Coconut chips (toasted) (Another handful)

Brown Butter-Toasted Oatmeal with Apricots and Almonds:

  • 2 teaspoons of unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ cups of unsweetened almond milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons chopped dried apricots
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 2 tablespoons chopped almonds

Carrot Cake Oatmeal:

  • 2 handfuls shredded carrots (you can buy these pre-shredded in a bag)
  • 1 handful of sliced almonds
  • Dash of Cinnamon
  • Handful of Raisins

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