Very Berry No Dairy Creamy Oatmeal
Creamy oatmeal is the best way to start a day, but starting the day with dairy doesn’t sit well with all of us. I just had to find a way to have my creamy oatmeal in the morning without adding the usual dairy for creaminess. So like the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention and I came up with a little concoction called Very Berry No Dairy Oatmeal. Get it? Berry (Very) Creamy Oatmeal 😉 The best part, it is super creamy and requires zero dairy.
Growing up, one of my favorite breakfasts was this super creamy oatmeal my mom would make. She’d make the oatmeal with milk and coffee creamer (for extra creaminess) and add sliced fresh strawberries and bananas. I usually hated eating in the mornings, but I NEVER turned down one of her bowls of oatmeal.
Now that I feed myself 🙂 I try to only drink almond milk or lactose free milk and rarely have dairy products in the fridge. My first few tries trying to recreate my childhood creamy oatmeal breakfast were a disaster. Well maybe not that bad, but dairy free milk is just not as creamy!
After experimenting a bunch, I finally found a way to make super creamy and HEALTHY oatmeal! This recipe may sound a little out-there, but trust me, it is delicious!
Bananas are so creamy and it just so happens they are the secret ingredient in this recipe. When you incorporate the banana into your almond milk or lactose free milk, it makes it so much thicker. Banana’s also adds a little bit of sweetness to the oatmeal which is perfect if you’re trying to cut down on sugar too!
So basically there are two ways to use bananas to make your oatmeal creamy:
1: Place the nut milk or lactose free milk in a blender along with a banana. Then with this mixture cook your oatmeal.
2: (My preferred method) Place the nut or lactose free milk in a microwave safe bowl along with a banana. Microwave for a couple minutes until the banana becomes soft. Once the banana becomes soft, you can mash it into the milk creating a creamy almost pudding like consistency. This is what you’ll use to cook your oatmeal.