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Chia Walnut Oatmeal

By kathypatalsky |

chia oatmeal

chia oatmeal

My new favorite trick for giving everyday oatmeal a texture boost is to add chia seeds while the oats are simmering. The chia seeds absorb plenty of liquid and plump up to a silky tapioca-like texture. This immediately thickens the oatmeal. Using chia seeds in steel cut oats (which already have a rustic, nutty, hearty texture) is awesome. The oats become very complex, and almost fluffy. The chia seeds add body while lightening up the texture. This trick is a must try for oatmeal lovers. Plus the chia seeds are rich in fiber and healthy omega fats. Try my Chia Walnut Oatmeal..

Chia Walnut Oatmeal
serves 4

4 cups water
1 cup steel oats
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup organic raisins
1 1/2 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup raw walnuts

Over top for each serving bowl:
splash of soy creamer (or soy milk)
1/2 banana, sliced
1/4 cup fresh berries
2 tsp raw cashews (or other nuts)
maple syrup to taste

Directions:

1. Boil water, salt. Add oats.
2. Cover pot with lid, reduce to simmer and cook until tender – usually 30 minutes.
3. Stir in the remaining ingredients – simmer uncovered for another few minutes.
4. Serve warm oats with additional toppings.

vegan oatmeal

vegan oatmeal

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About kathypatalsky

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Kathy Patalsky is a blogger, author and photographer. Her website www.Healthy-Happy-Life.com features creative vegan recipes. She is the author of 365 Vegan Smoothies (Spring 2013). She is also the founder of FindingVegan.com.

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