Beans beans the magic fruit, the more you eat, the more you may lower your risk of coronary heart disease, colon cancer, depression, and stroke. Beans also help improve blood sugar levels and blood pressure. And they are high in fiber so help you feel fuller for a longer period of time. They are the perfect addition for this satisfying breakfast.
In fact, current research recommends that we try to eat beans THREE times a day. Don’t take my word for any of this; I am not a doctor nor a dietician. But I have checked out these sources and I recommend you give them a peek: https://nutritionfacts.org/topics/beans/ and https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320192
I’ve always eaten a lot of beans, but I never tried including them in my breakfast. I used to eat toast with peanut butter or a banana and think nothing of it when I was hungry again an hour later.
Like all good recipes, this one was developed out of laziness. I’m always trying to cut time out of my morning routine. Yes, even making toast can be too time consuming for my mornings (don’t judge). So I decided to try the ever-popular overnight oatmeal recipe. My recipe was inspired by Kristine’s Kitchen recipe; check her’s out here: https://kristineskitchenblog.com/favorite-easy-overnight-oats-recipe/
I’m not one to easily use the word “life-changing,” but I’m afraid I have to with this recipe. It really is life-changing. The first time I ate it, I raved about it for a week. My usual mid-morning snack went uneaten and I wasn’t trying to sneak my lunch break 30 minutes earlier. I suddenly had more energy.
My husband wasn’t immediately sold. It wasn’t until we had his preferred breakfast (scrambled eggs) again that he realized the true impact of the oatmeal. A couple hours after the eggs, he was feeling irritable and mentally-fatigued – like he needed more gas in the gas tank (his words, not mine. no pun intended, I’m sure), which was not a feeling he had had when eating this bean-iful oatmeal.Jump to Recipe
What Makes This Satisfying Breakfast Recipe Stand Out?
The beans! I really do think the chickpea flour is the magical part marking it a satisfying breakfast recipe. You will feel full for hours after eating this. And you get to pat yourself on the back for getting in so many yummy nutrients first thing in the morning.
It also does not have any added sugars, only natural ones from fruit. You can certainly add a bit of a sweetener or ½ ripe banana if you prefer. I stuff so many blueberries in mine that I don’t notice a lack of sweetness.
This overnight oats recipe is easy to make and you can also make it in advance. I prepare 5 containers on Sunday nights so I have breakfast set all week.
This breakfast is vegetarian and vegan. I like that it is packed full of nutrients – whole grains, flax seed, cinnamon, chia seed, nuts, and berries (if only I could add some greens to this).
A Few Notes:
- I highly recommend stirring the “dry ingredients” before you add the milk and berries. Otherwise it may not mix as well as you would like.
- Mix up your “toppings.” I recommend one crushed nut (pecans, walnuts, almonds), one dried fruit (cranberries, cherries, goji berries, raisins, etc), and one fruit (blueberry, mixed berry, strawberry, etc). But you might get a bit bored if you eat the same thing every day.
- You can use frozen or fresh fruit. I prefer frozen because I think they withstand the stirring a bit better. They thaw well and are always the perfect temperature when I eat them in the morning.
- I prefer soy or unsweetened almond milk. But you can certainly use whatever milk you prefer and have on hand.
- I double certain parts of this recipe for my husband. He eats more than me (unless chocolate is involved, and I’m not proud of that) so I make him a larger serving. Mix in double the oats, milk, and cinnamon (½ cups oats, 1 cup milk, and 2 teaspoons cinnamon). I don’t double the flaxseed, chia seed, or chickpea flour. I also don’t double his “toppings,” but that is due to his preference (why he does not want 2 blueberries in every bite is beyond me).
- This satisfying breakfast recipe is THICK. Simply add more milk if you prefer your oatmeal to be a bit soupier.
- If you don’t like cold oatmeal (I was initially apprehensive too), simply pop it in the microwave.
- You can find chickpea flour, chia seeds, and flaxseed in the health food aisle of most grocery stores. Bob’s Red Mill makes all three (not an advertisement, just a potentially helpful fact).
- Looking for more recipes with hidden chickpea flour, check out our Guilt Free, All-Natural, Healthy Banana Bread Bonanza: http://ifyougiveagirlanoven.com/guilt-free-all-natural-healthy-banana-bread-bonanza/
Happy Cooking – Meu