Make Something Monday: Blueberry Banana Swirl Oatmeal

Have I mentioned that I love Angela Liddon of Oh She Glows? I'm pretty sure I have, but it has to be said again. I still have yet to make a recipe from her blog that didn't completely satisfy my taste buds. Not to mention the fact that the girl uses chia seeds like they're going out of style, which I love.

In case you're unaware of the wonder of chia seeds, here's a quick lesson:

Used in many raw recipes & smoothies, chia seeds are a superfood of fabulous hydration. When exposed to liquid, these little black dots turn into a gel-covered tapioca balls that pack a healthy dose of omega-3's, ease digestion, & balance your blood sugar.

Do they look tasty? Not at all [check out the visual in my bowls of raw mush post], but with the right ingredients at their side, they're delicious.

Take for example, this "instant" chia seed oatmeal with a blueberry & banana twist:

Ingredients [inspired by Oh She Glows' Banana Bread Batter Oats]

3/4 c steel cut or rolled oats, ground into a flour 2 tbsp chia seeds 1 banana, frozen* 2 cups So Delicious coconut milk + a dash for banana soft serve 1/3 c blueberries, fresh or slightly thawed from the freezer 2 tbsp pure maple syrup pinch of salt 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

In a blender, process the oats and chia seeds into a flour. In a medium-sized pot, combine your oat/chia flour with coconut milk. Stir flour mixture together with salt, blueberries, & maple syrup over low to medium heat. Once desired thickness has been achieved [add more coconut milk if oats are too thick], remove from heat, add vanilla, cover, & set aside. In a blender or food processor, combine frozen banana with just a dash of coconut milk [enough to keep things moving] & process until smooth & creamy like banana soft serve. Place oats in bowl & swirl banana soft serve on top. Enjoy.

*Personally, I like the combination of hot & cold for this recipe, but if you prefer all your ingredients to be hot, simply process an unfrozen banana with coconut milk to make a banana cream instead of soft serve.

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