Chock-full of healthy fats, minerals, vitamins and fibre, this 10 minute vegan blueberry oatmeal with maca powder and pecans tastes just like blueberry pie. The ideal healthy oatmeal recipe for a nutritional powerhouse of a meal that still tastes like dessert.
You know when you have an “off” day? It’s especially after you’ve been ill for a while, and your body tries to find some semblance of balance, and starts, for whatever reason, behaving downright bizarrely. That was me a few days ago. My usual breakfast fare tends to include oatmeal (remember this chocolate peanut butter decadence?) or smoothies, or occasionally a yummy omelette. But that morning, my body decided to conduct itself like a petulant five-year-old and turned up its nose at all the usual breakfast foods. Now, this may all sound really strange to you. Nonetheless, I am a firm believer that we should listen to our bodies – which is how I ended up with a big (delicious) bowl of salad in front of me at 7am. Yep, so, that happened.
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Of course, by the time lunch rolled ‘round, the petulant five-year-old re-inhabited my body and now no savoury meal was good enough for its royal highness (pain in the ass more like) that is my body. So vegan blueberry oatmeal with maca powder and pecans it was. And, to be honest, this weirdness does actually end with a “and they lived happily ever after”, or rather, “they munched happily on an amazing bowl of warm oatmeal and felt incredibly proud of themselves because it tasted like blueberry pie“. So there you have it – my out-of-whack biorhythm (or whatever it was) brought this yummy yummy oatmeal into existence, and now I’m bringing it to you.
Therefore, thank you, petulant five-year-old that is my body. (On that note, here’s what you can take away from this story: feeling like I did that day will happen. It’s best if you just roll with it – I mean, use common sense, but do pay attention to your body. It’s highly likely it’s trying to tell you something, and you better listen to it. Usually, it’s much smarter than you give it credit for.)
This vegan blueberry oatmeal with maca powder and pecans is chock-full of all the good stuff. Obviously, the star of the show are the blueberries, which feature both in the oatmeal, as well as in the topping. Because you can never ever have too much of the blue-violet scrumptiousness that are blueberries. Your tongue will be a lovely blueish purple colour for hours. Have fun with it.
Of course, blueberries are little nutritional powerhouses, containing everything from nervous system-beneficial antioxidants and the mineral manganese which is crucial for bone health, to vitamin K, which works to enable proper Vitamin D absorption by the body. (And just in case the numerous articles across the Internet haven’t alerted you yet, you really really don’t want to be deficient in Vitamin D – be it because you don’t get enough sunshine, or because your body can’t absorb it efficiently).
We’re not stopping there. We’ll also add maca powder – a great source of Vitamin B2 and protein (including several essential amino acids), crucial if you’re following the vegan or vegetarian lifestyle. Or even if you aren’t, and just want to fuel up on all the nutritious goodness that will (fingers crossed) either prevent or help you get over that pesky winter cold. Nobody likes a runny nose or a sore throat. So, go on, add that maca powder. Not only is it great from a nutritional standpoint, it also gives earthy, sweet undertones to the oatmeal, which you very much want to be there.
Other than that, all the usual suspects go into this lovely vegan blueberry oatmeal with maca powder and pecans, keeping it nice and gluten free and refined sugar free. It still comes out tasting like a mouth-watering blueberry pie straight out of the oven… have I mentioned that yet? Or… have I mentioned the fact that this recipe takes only 10 minutes from start to finish?
So take a pot, and in go the oats, chia seeds, maca powder, a pinch of salt and blueberries. We will mix it all together and add almond milk (or any other non-dairy milk) and water. Then on it goes to simmer for 5 minutes, after which we’ll take it off the hob, and while it cools, we’ll squash all the cooked, softened blueberries. That’s it – just use a spoon, or a fork, or whatever’s handy and properly squash them. The oatmeal will go from being a weird beige colour to a lovely vibrant purple (or is it violet? I never know the difference….), and you’ll want to get stuck in right away.
But wait, we need to add the honey (or agave syrup, or maple syrup), stir well once more, transfer the vegan blueberry oatmeal into bowls (or a bowl – as in: singular – because if I were you, I’d not want to share) and top it generously with extra blueberries and pecans. The lovely plump juicy blueberries give a kick of freshness to the oatmeal, whereas the pecans are responsible for the satisfying crunch, and therefore an added layer of texture in the oatmeal. (Not to mention the healthy fats, fibre, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus… you get the picture – pecan are good for you.)
And then, all that remains is to enjoy the fluffy, silky blueberry goodness that is this vegan blueberry oatmeal – that just so happens to also be gluten and refined sugar free. You’ll have a hard time convincing your brain that you’re not actually eating blueberry pie. And you can enjoy it with full awareness that you’re at the same consuming a bunch of healthy fats, minerals, vitamins and fibre. You can have it for breakfast. Or lunch. Or dinner. Whenever you please, really – or rather, whenever your body (that is, the petulant five-year-old masquerading as your body) wants some vegan blueberry oatmeal with maca powder and pecans. Oh, your body is perfectly normal? No petulant five-year-old behaviour, ever? It’s just me then? Nevermind.
VEGAN BLUEBERRY OATMEAL WITH MACA POWDER AND PECANS
For blueberry oatmeal:
- 1 cup oats
- 3 tbsp chia seeds
- pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp maca powder
- 1 cup (~150 g) blueberries
- 1 cup almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 3 – 4 tbsp honey (or agave syrup, or maple syrup) (Note 1)
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup pecans
Mix together oats, chia seeds, salt, maca powder and blueberries in a pot.
Add milk of choice and water, stirring thoroughly.
Cook on medium to high heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
After 5 minutes, remove from heat and squash all the cooked blueberries.
Stir in honey or other sweetener of choice.
Serve warm or cool, according to preference. Enjoy topped with blueberries and pecans.
The oatmeal can be prepared in advance the night before, kept in the fridge overnight, and re-heated in the microwave the following morning. (In that case, top the oatmeal with extra blueberries and pecans just before serving).
Note 1: Depending on how sweet you like your oatmeal, add more or less of your sweetener of choice.
Looking for more vegan goodness? Why not try…
… these out-of-this-world Raw Vegan Chocolate Truffles…
… or perhaps this Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal?