January 12, 2017 17

Creamy Oats with Good For You Beet Berry Sauce + a smoothie for maurices!

Refined sugar-free, vegan, good for you beet berry sauce.
Creamy Chia Oats with Good For You Beet Berry Sauce | Beets and berries. A classic yet unexpected combination. Chia oats are topped with a sugar-free, food for you four-ingredient beet berry sauce.

This beet berry sauce was an idea born from the ingredients I used to create a smoothie for maurices. maurices, a clothing store celebrating real women, real lives and real communities, asked me to put together a practical outfit to take me from yoga to errands.

They also asked me to put together a recipe for a healthy meal on-the-go.

Head over to their blog right now for a vibrant Pomegranate Power Smoothie with oats and chia and yogurt and real good stuff in it. You can see me awkwardly, but happily modeling some active wear. Feel free to shop the look you guys – I’ve been living in those arrow print leggings.

Creamy Chia Oats with Good For You Beet Berry Sauce | Beets and berries. A classic yet unexpected combination. Chia oats are topped with a sugar-free, food for you four-ingredient beet berry sauce.

Creamy Chia Oats with Good For You Beet Berry Sauce | Beets and berries. A classic yet unexpected combination. Chia oats are topped with a sugar-free, food for you four-ingredient beet berry sauce.

Creamy Chia Oats with Good For You Beet Berry Sauce | Beets and berries. A classic yet unexpected combination. Chia oats are topped with a sugar-free, food for you four-ingredient beet berry sauce.

Creamy Chia Oats with Good For You Beet Berry Sauce | Beets and berries. A classic yet unexpected combination. Chia oats are topped with a sugar-free, food for you four-ingredient beet berry sauce.

The New Year is a time for rebirth and renewal. In January we seek to refresh our lives with the usual resolutions of good intentions, more movement and healthy eating. As a former health coach, one of the most asked questions I used to get was, how do I eat healthy without spending a ton of time in the kitchen?

My answer always included, bowl foods.

And smoothies.

Grain bowls and soups, and oats in a bowl or on the go. And green juice and smoothies. These are all very key foods/recipes to have to your repertoire. They don’t take too much time or require complicated steps or ingredients. You can make extras to have on hand throughout the week. And you can easily pack in all the good for you things inside. Like seeds and whole grains and greens and superfood powders alike.

This beet berry sauce is just two main ingredients. Beets. And berries. With a little vanilla and cinnamon and salt and lemon juice, but really just a little of all of those. Beets are naturally high in sugar and its natural sugars mellow out the tartness of the berries. When they’re grated they become a puree of sorts. And they cook down for the perfect sauce consistency without any thickeners. It’s a classic yet sometimes unexpected flavor combination. This beet berry sauce is perfect to top oats {of any kind} or yogurt or ice cream or cheesecake or as a mixer inside cocktails.

Sherrie Castellano for Maurices |Creamy Chia Oats with Good For You Beet Berry Sauce | Beets and berries. A classic yet unexpected combination. Chia oats are topped with a sugar-free, food for you four-ingredient beet berry sauce.

Sherrie Castellano for Maurices | Creamy Chia Oats with Good For You Beet Berry Sauce | Beets and berries. A classic yet unexpected combination. Chia oats are topped with a sugar-free, food for you four-ingredient beet berry sauce.

Beet Berry Sauce

Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 9 mins
Serves 2 cups     adjust servings

You want the beet grated super finely. The best way to do this is on a microplane. If you don't own a microplane, pulse the beet in a food processor until pulp like. This recipe does not require sugar of any kind. I think it is plenty sweet on its own for a bowl of oats or yogurt or breakfast/snack. If you wanted to sweeten it for a dessert application, adding in a tablespoon or two of maple syrup, honey or coconut sugar would be lovely. Additionally, a table of cornstarch at the end of the cooking process thickens it for custard or cake-filling applications.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium raw beet
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 2 cups frozen berries {any kind}
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • overnight or super seed steel cut oats
  • pomegranate arils, garnish {optional}

Instructions

  1. Grate the beet into a sauce pan with a microplane. Add in the water, stir and simmer over medium-high until it reaches a boil. Then turn the heat to low, stir and simmer for 2 minutes more. It should be bubbly and foamy like.
  2. Add in the remaining ingredients and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally and smashing the berries with the back of a spoon.
  3. Pour the sauce over whatever bowl of oats you prefer and top with some crunchy, bright pomegranate arils. Or drizzle the sauce over yogurt or ice cream or cheesecake or anything else you think this would be a good match for.
Creamy Chia Oats with Good For You Beet Berry Sauce | Beets and berries. A classic yet unexpected combination. Chia oats are topped with a sugar-free, food for you four-ingredient beet berry sauce.

The post is in partnership with maurices; all opinions are my own.

17 Responses to "Creamy Oats with Good For You Beet Berry Sauce + a smoothie for maurices!"

  1. Reply

    Shelley

    January 13, 2017 at 6:41 AM

    The colour of this sauce is so dreamy, and such a vibrant pick-me-up in this dreary grey winter weather. Grating beets sounds disastrous! How do you avoid beet stained hands and counters?! Must whip up a batch of this over the weekend for next week’s breakfasts! YUM.

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      January 15, 2017 at 6:32 PM

      I grate the beet directly into the pan, so there’s no counter clean-up. The beets stain my hands just temporarily {goes away after about 3 hand washes}. Totally worth it though.

  2. Reply

    Karlie

    January 13, 2017 at 6:53 AM

    That color! I do really need to make this, oats are a winter staple for me and the banana/PB combo is becoming a bit mundane.

  3. Reply

    Cindy Rahe

    January 13, 2017 at 10:25 AM

    That color! And I love your clever use of beets to sweeten the sauce. Side note: my two fave sweaters are maurices finds!

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      January 14, 2017 at 7:18 PM

      maurices has some wonderful things! I wasn’t kidding when I said (over on their blog) that I’m currently living in those leggings.

  4. Reply

    Abby @ Heart of a Baker

    January 13, 2017 at 11:17 AM

    I keep stocking myself up with frozen berries, because I just can’t live without them this time of year. Also, beets are always long forgotten in my house but I need to remember them more! xo

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      January 14, 2017 at 7:01 PM

      Seriously. What would I do without frozen berries in the wintertime. Beets too. Get on that girl!

  5. Reply

    Nina Olsson - Nourish Atelier

    January 14, 2017 at 5:28 PM

    Swooning over these beautiful shoots, and I’m all about bowl food. As you know! Did you top it with pomegranate seeds?

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      January 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM

      Yes I did – which I forgot to add to the ingredients lol. Thanks for the heads up, Nina. I need to get my hands on a copy of your beautiful book! xx

  6. Reply

    Agness of Run Agness Run

    January 15, 2017 at 9:36 AM

    Creamy and tasty. I will definitely try this recipe!

  7. Reply

    DessertForTwo

    January 23, 2017 at 12:05 PM

    First, love this.Second, I’ve been putting beets in Camille’s berry purees since she was 6 months old, and I credit that for her love of beets! I need to make this for a fun girls breakfast.

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      January 23, 2017 at 5:58 PM

      Yes you do! And, can I come?

  8. Reply

    Gabi Valladares

    January 24, 2017 at 5:58 AM

    This beet berry sauce looks so good. I absolutely need to try it this winter. It doesn’t hurt that it’s also the most beautiful bowl of oats I’ve ever seen!

  9. Reply

    Alexandra

    January 30, 2017 at 8:27 AM

    Just curious, what’s the recipe for the oatmeal served underneath the berry beet sauce? It looks so creamy!

  10. Reply

    m

    July 2, 2017 at 3:04 PM

    Super excited to try this – could I use pre-roasted beets, or must they be raw?

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      July 6, 2017 at 6:35 PM

      They do need to be raw otherwise the consistency will be different.

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