Oatmeal Enthusiasts: Meet Lauren!

No, not me. Another Lauren. 🙂 Although we do have much in common: we’re both 26, love oatmeal, and studied English and literature in college! Read her story below, and follow her on Instagram!

Hello everyone! 

First of all, I would like to say thank you to my namesake Lauren for allowing me to share my oatmeal creations on her website. I have followed her website for years now and she keeps amazing me with her wonderful and original oatmeal recipes.

As I mentioned, my name is Lauren. I am 26 years old and I live together with my boyfriend in Antwerp, Belgium. It is a wonderful city! If you ever go there let me know and I will give you some great recommendations. 😉

I studied English in combination with Theater, Film and Literature Studies at the University of Antwerp. Now I am working as an Operational Assistant for an Italian company, which repairs ships. Furthermore, I like spinning, walking, having fun with my girlfriends and my cutie pie beagle Billy. I have an Instagram account with many oatmeal recipes, but also delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes. Feel free to check it out!

My oatmeal journey started in my second year of University, when I decided to start a healthier life style. I had tried oatmeal before, without any toppings or additions at a hotel, and I thought it tasted bland. Years later, after reading so many great things, I decided that I had to try it again. I discovered that you can make your oatmeal taste like a delicious treat.

For a couple of years, I almost always had the same bowl of quick oats with almond or soy milk, a bit of cacao powder, and berries. Later, I discovered Lauren’s website and found so much inspiration. I can really look forward to my bowl of oatmeal the evening before. 

I have been a vegetarian (by my own choice) since I was 6 years old, and all of my oatmeal recipes are vegan. I always use plant-based milk and yogurt, because I have a slight allergy to milk products. [TOA: Oh, look, another thing the Laurens have in common!]

Now let’s take a look at my weekly overview of oatmeal. Please note that I make all of my oatmeal in the microwave or in the form of overnight oats, because I do not have the patience and/or time in the morning to cook my oatmeal on the stovetop. I use the fruit that I have at hand at that moment, but feel free to use different types of fruit as your topping when trying one of my recipes. Enjoy!

Monday – Golden Latte Oatmeal

mondayThis is my favorite creation, because I love turmeric. I try to use it as much as possible. I make these oats in the microwave with almond milk, turmeric powder, cinnamon and a dash of ground ginger. You can use agave or honey as a sweetener. I added half an apple on top.

Tuesday – PB2 Oatmeal with Nutella Flavored Topping
tuesday

I made these overnight oats with regular soy yogurt, almond milk and a scoop of PB2. For the topping I mixed PB2, cacao powder, water and hazelnut flavored agave syrup. I also added blueberries.

>> Related: Chocolate-Hazelnut PB2

Wednesday – Cherry/ Blueberry Overnight Oats

wednesday

On Wednesdays we eat pink.  I made overnight oats with cherry yogurt and almond milk. I added fresh blueberries as well.

Thursday – Pear Sauce Overnight Oats

thursday

I know Lauren doesn’t like pears so much, but I love them. I prefer a pear over an apple any day! I made Lauren’s apple sauce oatmeal with pear sauce (which I made in the microwave with some water). For decoration, I added strawberries and homemade almond  butter.

>> Related: Pear Sauce Oatmeal

Friday – All the Toppings Oatmeal

friday

For this bowl I simply made quick oats with cashew milk in the microwave. I added fresh blueberries, soy cherry yogurt and homemade almond butter. After taking pictures I love to mix everything so the oatmeal cools off a bit.

Saturday – Chocolaty Overnight Oats

saturday

Our nice neighbor from where I work gave us a whole bag full of pears from her tree, this is why I have two oatmeal recipes in here which include pears.

I combined oats, almond yogurt, almond milk and cacao powder. You can use a sweetener of choice. I also added half a pear and peanut butter.

>> Related: Chocolate Banana Overnight Oats

Sunday – Macchiato Overnight Oats

sunday

I ended my week with this delicious bowl. I mixed soy macchiato drink, regular soy yogurt and almond milk. I topped my oatmeal with cherries.

I hope you enjoyed my creations! Thank you so much for reading!

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

2 Responses to Oatmeal Enthusiasts: Meet Lauren!

  1. Heidi says:

    I was so happy to see that I am not the only one who doesnt cook their oatmeal on the stove top. LOL I always make overnight oats because I simply have no time in the mornings and I get to take my lovely creations to work and eat them first thing! Thanks for more inspiration Lauren!

  2. Amy says:

    O my gosh! Where can I find her recipe for her golden milk overnight oatmeal? I have been wanting to try turmeric with my oats for awhile now .

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