Start Halloween off right with this Green Monster Oatmeal! Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and packed with a secret superfood that gives the oats their vibrant color, Green Monster Oatmeal is a festive and healthy way to start your Halloween!
Halloween was one of my favorite holidays growing up, for reasons I’m sure you can imagine.
Yes, I was that kid who went trick-or-treating for 4 hours and ended up with an entire pillowcase full of candy. I’m also the kid who typically ate so much of said candy that she passed out with wrappers in her hair and chocolate on her face. No shame, I own my rebelious youth. 😉
Nowadays I don’t wake up on Halloween morning and immediately reach for the candy, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t want to get into the spirit of the holiday! I’ve never been much for the scary stuff [I don’t do scary movies – at all] but I do love festivities and the holiday spirit. In fact, I spent my entire Saturday dressing up my parent’s house for Little Sissy’s Halloween party Saturday night. It looked awesome but if I never have to stretch, pull and attach one of those fake spiderweb things again I will be a happy camper. My legs hurt more after all that than they do after leg day! [which could be due to the fact that I did legs before I did the decorating. Oops]
Anyway – festive. That’s my point here, I like to be festive.
And what’s more festive than some Green Monster Oatmeal on Halloween? 😉
I’ll be straight with you, I almost went with pumpkin here. Pumpkins are my all time favorite Fall decor due to all the different shapes, colors and styles that they come in. I just think they are so beautiful!
That being said I’ve had a bunch of pumpkin recipes on the blog this Fall [with more coming!] and so I thought this Green Monster Oatmeal would offer a fun change. I also liked the play on words with “green monster” being Frankenstein. I’m so clever.
This isn’t your typical green monster oatmeal though. In fact, there is no spinach, kale or greens of any sort in these oats. What makes them green then?
Spirulina – the uber superfood!
What makes spirulina so special?
- Spirulina is an algae [cyanbacteria] that is incredibly rich in protein. It contains all of the essential amino acids that our bodies need!
- Terrific source of antioxidants
- Great source of B-vitamins
- Contains 26 times more Calcium than milk
- Rich in anti-inflammatory fighting omega-3s
- One of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet gram for gram
Not bad for some “pond scum” huh?!
I’m not typically one to jump on the food bandwagon just because it is deemed as a “superfood” but spirulina’s nutritional facts just can’t be argued with. I try to incorporate spirulina into my smoothies everyday but sometimes I forget it, so I decided to stir it into my morning oats instead!
This Green Monster Oatmeal has a few other “superfoods” in it as well. Besides the spirulina I also chose to add hemps seeds and chia seeds for some extra protein oomph and healthy fats. Plus, the chia seeds perfect the Frankenstein look, don’t they? 😉
You also might be shocked by this but these oats are actually hot oats! Whaaaaaat? As a self-proclaimed overnight oats lover, I can’t believe it either! Though with the rainy, cold morning we’ve had lately, warm oats just seems to fit better right now.
So, are you ready to whip up some green monster oatmeal for your Halloween breakfast? Cooked up in less than 5 minutes and packed with protein, healthy fats and nutrients, this Green Monster Oatmeal is a festive Halloween breakfast!
- 1/2 cup rolled oats, gluten-free
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 teaspoon hemp seeds
- 1/2-1 teaspoon spirulina
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- For the "monster"
- dry erase marker
- Place all ingredients except the chia seeds into a small pot. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer, stirring often.
- While oatmeal is cooking, draw a Frankenstein face on your jar with the dry erase marker.
- When the milk has absorbed, spoon the oatmeal into the jar carefully so you don't smear the face.
- Sprinkle chia seeds on top and enjoy!
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