For those who enjoy the filling nature and hearty texture of a good oatmeal, here's one made with coconut milk, hemp, and flax. Plus a bit of cacao powder for a richer, chocolaty flavor. It's also good without the cacao, I just like to switch up the flavors every now and then.
We'll talk about the keto goodness below since I most of us just like to jump straight to the recipe.
3/4 cup full-fat canned coconut milk
1/4 cup shelled hemp seeds
2 Tb plant-based protein powder of choice. I use Organifi.
2 Tb ground flax seed
1 Tb cacao powder
1/4 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
Sliced strawberries (optional)
This part's super easy. Just dump everything except the vanilla and strawberries in a small pot and heat through until it begins to bubble.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla if using. Top with a couple of sliced strawberries & enjoy!
You can also top with coconut flakes, or chopped nuts of your choice. Whatever you normally like with traditional oatmeal, as long as it fits your desired macros. Even if you're doing keto, I wouldn't recommend overdoing this (or in conjunction with other coconut milk recipes) without keeping an eye on your macros. You can always sub lower fat milks like almond, or cashew (preferably unsweetened).
Just like regular oatmeal, I find that this usually keeps me full for hours and staves off unhealthy cravings. Coconut milk is a favorite plant and keto-friendly fat. Best of all, it's cruelty-free and doesn't require keeping cows pregnant only to rip away their calves immediately upon birth (non-graphic explanation).
I should mention that there's a distinct difference between the canned and carton versions. You'll almost always want the unsweetened, full-fat canned version, which is the actual milk & cream straight out of a whole coconut. This has the most health benefits, and healthy fat, and what you'd use in cooking. The carton version is meant more as a cow's-milk replacement, so it's looser and is often fortified with vitamins and minerals. This is what you'd use on cereal and possibly smoothies, but I sill use the canned version for those as well.
When buying anything in a can, look for BPA-free linings whenever possible. Bisphenol-a (BPA) is commonly found in a variety of consumer products, especially plastics and tin or aluminum can linings. A growing body of research links the chemical to a range of human health problems, including a higher risk of certain cancers, reduced fertility, birth defects and diabetes [source: Neimark, Zandonella].
Hemp seeds are a complete source of protein, providing all 9 essential amino acids. Don't listen when someone says you can only find all 9 essential aminos in meat. It's just not true. They're also a good source of Omega 3s and fiber. It can also boost brain function, reduce inflammation, support heart health, and other benefits. On average, 3 tablespoons contains 10g of protein.
Flax seed, like hemp is another good plant source for Omega 3s and fiber. It can lower cholesterol, blood pressure, fight cancer, and more. It's best to buy them whole and grind yourself to maintain freshness, but for convenience you can also buy small batches already ground. Just don't get a huge bag unless you're really using it a lot because you don't want it to go rancid.
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