My very pregnant daughter was standing at her kitchen counter one morning eating some mushy stuff out of a bowl that looked like oatmeal but wasn’t. When I asked, she told me it was “Fauxtmeal”.
Just coming into the last days of completing a “Whole 30” elimination plan that seems to be trending right now – a clean-eating, month-long diet which cuts out sugar, alcohol, dairy, grains and legumes – her face was all glowy, probably from the glow of motherhood …or maybe the clean food actually contributed to that. I am not particularly into diets (and well, OK, I look like it too) but have no problem eating something that originated from a diet plan if I like it. She had found a recipe for grain-free oatmeal on the internet, doubled it, slightly modified it and calls this fake oatmeal that contains no oats “Fauxtmeal”. I tasted her faux oatmeal…. and then I proceeded to eat the rest of the bowl.
Some nice mother I am, finishing off her pregnant daughter’s breakfast, right? Since it was tasty enough to provoke stealing nutrition from my not-yet-born grandchild, I figure it is worth sharing. I have really enjoyed mixing some up late in the morning or having a bowl after doing some gardening or a taking a walk. Although it doesn’t seem to fill me up the way a bowl of oatmeal or granola does, there is still something rather satisfying about it. It feels healthy and it certainly is yummy. If you are not doing a specific diet, you could probably use milk in it too. I use a mini food processor to chop it all up.
1 apple (cut it in chunks)
2 dates (take out the pit, cut in chunks – I use Medjool dates, they’re so good!)
2 TB coconut flakes (unsweetened)
2 TB slivered almonds (I bet whole almonds or cashews would be fine too)
1 TB chia seeds (I want to call this optional. The chia makes it kind of crunchy. I’ve used chia/hemp mixes too, but I think I like it better without the chia seeds).
Coconut milk (I use coconut water. You could also used almond milk, soy milk, etc.)
1 TB cashew butter (or more. Or any nut butter. Save this for the end.)
Put all the ingredients except the coconut milk and cashew butter in the processor and pulse until it’s all chopped up. Then put it in your cereal bowl.
Pour some coconut milk (or your chosen liquid) into it and stir.
If you like it warmed up you can microwave for about 30 second (optional – we like it warmed up but you don’t have to, it’s fine cold too)
Add a tablespoon (or more) of cashew butter (or almond, or whatever nut butter you like) and stir it in.
For the source (or at least what was her source) the link is → here.
Try some “Fauxtmeal”! Tell me what you think!