Rain, rain, GO AWAY! I suppose that rain is just a natural part of April, so the saying goes: “April showers bring May flowers.” I have to look at the positive side of rain. YES, it is miserable to walk outside and YES I hate the dark sky, but with rain comes growth and beauty. The more rain we have now, the more beautiful my mom’s garden will be this Spring and her vegetable garden will surely be more bountiful!!! There is NOTHING like fresh, grown-in-you-backyard produce!
To brighten up the morning a bit, I decided to have some Triple-Berry Oats using fresh blackberries, strawberries and a drizzle of organic raspberry jam. I couldn’t say no to those blackberries when I went grocery shopping yesterday. Aren’t they beautiful? They are like “diamonds” of nature. I changed up my mixture a little bit today too using 1/4 cup oat bran and 2 TBS rolled oats instead of my usual 1/4 cup rolled oats and 2 TBS oat bran. I wanted a bowl that was a bit more creamy to have a “berries ‘n cream” feel, so I had to give this a try. Not only was it more creamy, it had a nice nutty flavor that complimented the berries EXTREMELY well. I actually ended up adding a bit more water in the mix at the end because it was much thicker than the consistency that I prefer.
The Base: 1/4 cup oat bran, 2 TBS rolled oats, 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/3 cup water (plus some), 1/2 banana, 1/2 TBS chia seeds, vanilla extract, cinnamon.
Toppings: Almond butter, strawberries, blackberries, raspberry jam and Galaxy Vanilla Almond Granola.
I think I am going to make this a lot more in the spring. I love “fresh” tasting food when the weather is nicer, and traditionally have fresh fruit, Greek yogurt and granola ALL summer long. To be perfectly honest, NOTHING fills me like oats. The creamy oat bran is a nice base for fresh fruit.
Attack of the bunny did not cease, and now his entire right side has vanished.
Sadly, his current condition reveals that he only has a few more days left in him. His other basket friends better watch out!
What is your favorite spring/summer produce item? Do you grow anything yourself?