Turmeric is a bright orange spice that smells faintly of mustard and has a slightly bitter and earthy flavor. Why should you put it in your oatmeal? Because it will transform your plain old oats into a shockingly yellow bowl of gorgeous sunshine, and it just might be the healthiest thing you do all day! Turmeric has been valued for it’s medicinal properties for thousands of years in Asia, and modern research is discovering just how beneficial the spice is for our minds and bodies. It’s a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that has been linked to improving liver function, lowering cholesterol, preventing cancer growth and Alzheimer’s disease, as well giving relief to people with rheumatoid arthritis and cystic fibrosis. It’s even been found to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression! If this is the first you’re hearing about it, you should definitely research the spice, its health benefits, and how you can incorporate it into your routine. In the meantime, you can find ground turmeric at most health food stores and Asian super markets, so you should definitely scoop some up and follow my recipe for Golden Apple Turmeric Oats!
I’m absolutely in love with the deep burnt orange color of turmeric. Lately I’ve been mixing it into a mug of hot almond milk with a pinch of ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, and maple syrup to make a creamy and comforting beverage that is the color of sunshine. It’s a very relaxing drink to have before bed or on a dreary winter morning. A few days ago, I decided to skip a step and just combine my oatmeal and my tasty turmeric beverage into one blissful happening, and I”m so glad I did! The result was a cheerful yellow bowl of oatmeal with a complex flavor and a ton of character. You’ve got to trust me and go try it ASAP!
I decided to throw in a peeled and diced green apple to up the sweetness and nutrition factors, but you could also use a sliced banana, raisins, or berries. Even mango would do nicely here!
Turmeric isn’t the only superstar in this recipe. Pumpkin and chia seeds are rich in healthy Omega-3s. Molasses, which I used as the sweetener in this recipe, contains calcium, and the oats boast a ton of fiber and iron as well. I plugged the recipe into Cronometer and found that just one bowl of Golden Apple Turmeric Oats contains 14.5 grams of fiber and a whopping 13 grams of protein! Just one bowl will keep you full and energized for hours!
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SOME OF THE THINGS YOU’LL NEED FOR THIS RECIPE
- ½ cup oats
- 1 cup non-dairy milk (almond, hemp, soy, coconut)
- 1 small apple, peeled and diced
- ¼ cup coconut flakes
- 1 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp molasses or maple syrup to taste, for sweetness
- ¼ tsp ground turmeric powder
- ⅛ tsp ground ginger powder
- ⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
- sprinkle of ground black pepper to taste
- pinch of salt
- Add oats, non-dairy milk, coconut flakes, and apple to a microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high for 2½ to 3 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and stir.