Ahh, what could be more sweet than honey and lavender? I’ll tell you what … honey and lavender combined with hearty oatmeal and fresh blueberries!
After making the Green Post’s delicious Apple Butternut and Lavender pancakes a few weeks ago, I have been thinking of ways to use the lavender that I bought. It has such a beautiful smell and taste, and I knew there had to be a way to incorporate it in a novel way into a recipe. Et voila: my honey lavender oatmeal with blueberries was born!
I don’t have oatmeal as often as I did when I was in England (I was SO cold in England, I needed all the warmth I could get) but I love it because it is a filling, delicious and healthy breakfast meal. Oatmeal is a funny one though because you have to be careful about what type of oats you buy. I recommend you buy traditional rolled oats, or steel cut oats. I would advise you to stay away from instant oatmeal, because apart from the fact that most are flavored (and thus have loads of sugar), instant oatmeal has been highly processed to make it quicker to cook so it is also broken down more quickly by your body resulting in a higher glycaemic index. It isn’t the end of the world if you buy PLAIN instant oatmeal, but if you can, try and buy traditional rolled oats or steel cut oats as they have a lower glycaemic index 🙂
Alright, let’s get down to business!
- 1/4-1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1tbsp raw honey
- 1tsp dried lavender
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 1. Pour the milk and lavender into a pot. Heat the milk and the lavender on a low heat for 5 minutes to allow the lavender to infuse into the milk. Do NOT boil the milk. After 5 minutes is up, pour the milk back into the pot using a sieve to catch the lavender buds.
- 2. Now add your oatmeal; as you can see I am using steel cut oats so the time I have to cook these for is longer than traditional rolled oats. Heat the lavender infused milk and oatmeal on a medium-high heat for 15-20 minutes.
- 3. Once the oatmeal is cooked, transfer it to a bowl and then drizzle 1 tablespoon of honey onto it. I use Eco pollen's raw honey as it is one of the best honey's I have ever tasted.
- 4. Wait about 5 minutes, or until your oatmeal has cooled slightly, and then add your blueberries.
- Feel free to sub the milk for your preferred milk such as almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk and etc.
A super-easy and delicious way to enjoy breakfast 🙂
There are so many ways you can get creative with this. Make overnight oats, and add chia seeds, and coconut flakes!
I am discontinuing the posting of the nutritional information because the numbers can vary so much depending on what brands you use.
Let me know what you think of this recipe, and whether you like the lavender infusion by leaving me a comment below!