Haulin’ Oats

We aren’t saying that this band will get your morning going, but this bowl of oats might do the job!  This is actually named after my favorite powder snowboard that I won in a snowboard contest years ago; The Gnu Haulin’ Oats.  And like that pow board, this bowl of oats will carry you through anything your day might throw at you!  It is packed with nutrition, healthy fats from a whole food source, and naturally sweetened with raisins and berries.  No refined sugars or anything artificial here!  Better than boxed cereal and cheaper too!

This is similar to the muesli magic that I take with me on the road with some minor differences.  At home, I add cacao powder and use boiling water to soak the oats for a warm treat that you can’t get in a hotel room!  This is also a pretty large serving to fuel my activities for the day, so it’s pretty high in calories.  For those of you with a smaller body size, slower metabolism, or if you are looking to shed some weight, then just reduce the oats by half.  I would still recommend leaving the flax meal and other ingredients as is to get the needed nutrition they provide.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Thick Rolled Oats (not instant or steel cut)
  • 1/4 cup Raisins
  • 2 tablespoons Flax Meal or Chia Seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Cacao Powder (not cocoa)
  • 1 tablespoon Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon Maca Root Powder (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Hemp Seeds (optional)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup Frozen Blueberries (or choice of berries)
  • Sprinkle of Cinnamon
  • Sprinkle of Clove
  • Sprinkle of Cardamom
  • Sprinkle of Ginger Powder
  • 2 cups Boiling Water

Directions

Boil water in a tea pot or regular pot on the stove.  Mix all of the above ingredients in a large bowl and then add 2 cups of boiling water, less if you reduce the amount of oats. Stir the mixture until well incorporated.

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Let the oatmeal sit for about 5-7 minutes.  The mixture will look very watery and soupy at first and this is normal.  The oats will absorb some moisture as well as the chia seeds and flax meal.  Once the mixture has had time to thicken, dig in while it is still warm!

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