While I've not always made time for it, my favorite meal of the day has always been breakfast. Sometimes, as an act of deferred gratification, I purposefully avoid my favorite pastime when I do intermittent fasting. But, I do seriously love breakfast. In fact, give me breakfast any time of the day.

I have so many fond memories involving breakfast. From my Dad making the most epic French toast, to the McDonald's drive-thru in high school, discovering my love of toast when I moved to England, to now enjoying the most delicious healthy plant-based foods with my husband - in my perspective, breakfast is basically the shit.

Especially on a chilly, misty morning, which we often have in Los Angeles, I crave something warm and nourishing that can be whipped up quickly. This simple recipe is perfect for that, and I love that it’s super adaptable to whatever your tastebuds are feeling, or perhaps more likely, whatever you happen to have on hand.

QUICK, HEALTHY, TASTY BREAKFAST OATS

INGREDIENTS

1/2 c gluten free oats

3/4 c water or plant-based milk

1/2 banana

1/4 c berries

1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 pinch sea salt

+ any toppings of your choice - I tend to reach for seeds (hemp, chia, pumpkin), nut butters (raw almond butter is my fave), fruit (sliced banana, dates, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, goji berries, pear, apple, raisins), maple syrup, toasted coconut

INSTRUCTIONS

Mash 1/2 banana

Option 1: In a bowl combine all ingredients (leaving toppings out for now), and microwave according to instructions

Option 2: In a bowl combine all ingredients, apart from the water, which you will boil before adding to the bowl mixture

Add toppings

Sit down and give yourself 10 minutes to mindfully enjoy nourishing your body