oatmeal recipeThis breakfast bowl recipe was sponsored by our friends at Bob’s Red Mill. All opinions are my own. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Okay it’s summer. You’re hot. It’s hot. We’re all hot. We’re busy. We’re going in a million directions and we ain’t got time to make almond flour waffles before we head out to the office, right?

So, instead of grabbing a processed breakfast bar that’s full of inflammatory ingredients, I’ve got a simple pick-me-up powerhouse that will fuel your morning. Because after all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Did I mention there’s chocolate inside?

O and I should mention, there IS chocolate inside. But no sugar!

How’s that for a summer treat?

Let me show you just how it’s done.

Right this way…

oatmeal recipe

You’ve all made oatmeal before, I’m sure of that but have you made an oatmeal that’s loaded with flavor instead of just plain old tap water and oats? That sounds awfully boring to me and if you want to fuel your body (and your mind), depriving yourself of flavor is an easy way to get bored with clean eating and give up or possibly run out of the kitchen to find the closest sugary snack.

You’ve gotta focus on flavor, folks.

Flavor is where it’s at. That’s the only way I survived the last 10 years of my health journey. When I had to cut out gluten, dairy, soy, sugar and all the other inflammatory ingredients, I felt like my taste buds went into a deprived state- and so did my body. My goal is to help you not go there because it’s a scary place where you’ll feel like giving up and your overall body will be suppressed. That’s not where I want you to be this summer. Or ever. You deserve more.

A lot more.

Which is why this breakfast bowl is here to jump-start your day with a whole lotta flavor, protein and fiber.

If you have the belief that clean eating is hard and boring and flavorless, well then that’s what you’re going to get. Shift your mindset, change your beliefs and get yourself into a state of knowing that you can make a difference in your life starting with one simple meal. The reason I added the orange zest, hemp seeds, Chocolate Protein Powder, almonds and no-sugar added dried cherries is because I want you to have F-U-N and to play with your food. The only way you’re going to know what you like is to try new things and play around with fun additions like the ones mentioned above. You don’t need to use them all, but they’re each filled with natural sweetness to get your taste buds away from sugar and onto more wholesome, natural foods.

Catch my drift?

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chia seeds


protein powder

So, as we move into the hot days of summer, remember that you can always create flavor – even if it’s 90 degrees outside (and inside, ha). Hopefully you have air conditioning. If not, sit in your bathtub with ice cubes and have a fan on you. Then, when you get out, you’ll wanna eat a bowl of this.

My best advice before you dive into this baby is to purchase a bag of the below items (I buy most of these from Bob’s Red Mill, which is my go-to for my pantry items) so that you have them on hand for this recipes and other recipes where you need a flavor boost. Feel free to use any of these ingredients in the below recipe, as well.

And, of course, have F-U-N.


Unsweetened Coconut Flakes

Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

Ground Cinnamon

Hemp Seeds

Chia Seeds

No-Sugar Added Dried Fruit

Chocolate Protein Powder

Old Fashioned Rolled Oats

Unsweetened Almond Milk, Hemp Milk or Cashew Milk

Zest from a Fresh Orange



If you make this breakfast bowl, come show me by posting a picture of your food to your social media account and tag me so I can take a look! I love seeing your creations on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

Try to buy everything organic. Here’s why I eat organic: The Benefits of Eating Organic.

The Best Summer Breakfast Bowl {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan} and Giveaway
Serves: 2
oatmeal recipe
Free of gluten, dairy, soy, sugar, eggs, corn, peanuts. Vegan, Vegetarian.
Author: Amie Valpone
Recipe type: Entree


  • 2 cups almond milk unsweetened
  • 1 cup Bob's Red Mill Organic Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. Bob's Red Mill Chia Seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. Bob's Red Mill Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 1 Tbsp. raw almonds optional
  • 1 Tbsp. Bob's Red Mill Hemp Seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. dried cherries no-sugar added
  • 1-2 tsp. fresh orange zest


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the almond milk to a boil. Add in the oats and lower the heat to medium and stir to combine the oats and the milk. Add a pinch of sea salt and mix again. Cook the oats for 5 minutes or until they're tender and the almond milk is absorbed.
  2. Before you remove the oats from the stovetop, add in the chia seeds and mix well.
  3. Remove from the heat and add in the chocolate protein powder immediately; mix well to combine, transfer to two serving bowls and serve warm. Garnish with almonds, hemp seeds, dried cherries and fresh orange zest.
Nutrition Facts
The Best Summer Breakfast Bowl {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan} and Giveaway
Amount Per Serving
Calories 383 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 362mg16%
Potassium 285mg8%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 563IU11%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 461mg46%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This post was sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill. All opinions are my own.

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    I’m wondering if this recipe can be made as “overnight oats,” i.e., assembled the night before, then heated in the microwave for 90 secs. or so.

    Also, are these rolled oats gluten free? I understand that not all are.

    It looks like chickory is an ingredient in all the Bob’s Red Mill protein powders. I have been sensitive to certain FODMAPS, including chickory, though these sensitivities may be temporary so I’d want a small sample to try before buying this in quantity.

    1. Hi Jan,
      I haven’t tried that. I don’t microwave anything because it gets hard and geewwwy! Hope that helps. xox YES all my recipes are gluten-free. xox

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