Oats Oats Oats!
It‘s that time of year again and colder mornings mean warmer breakfasts.
During the winter months, a hot bowl of porridge is just what I love to get me going. Not only is it incredibly filling, when done right, but oats are surprisingly nutrient dense as well!
These hearty whole grains are not only easy on the budget but are loaded with important vitamins and minerals including magnesium, iron, copper zinc and folate. They also contain small amounts of calcium and potassium as well as key B Vitamins. These little nutrient powerhouses also contain antioxidants and polyphenols.
While a high carb food, they can also help keep our blood sugars balanced thanks to their addition of protein (13g) and fibre (8g).
In the past, I found that even a hearty bowl of oats wouldn‘t sustain me for long. That is, until I added a bit of protein and not only was the sweetness just right, but it would often keep me satisfied for hours. As a busy person, that‘s key!
So, to celebrate the cooler temperatures, I want to share with you my absolute favourite recipe for creamy and satisfying porridge. Enjoy!
The Creamiest Porridge
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup almond or coconut milk
1/3 cup coconut yogurt or plain yogurt
1 tsp-1 Tbsp cold pressed olive oil
A pinch of sea slat
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp ground ginger or turmeric (optional)
Place all the ingredients into a bowl and let sit overnight.
In the morning blend the mixture in a blender until smooth.
Put into a small saucepan and gently heat on medium heat cooking until it reaches desired thickness.
Defrosted frozen berries, coconut yoghurt, fresh fruit, drizzle of nut butter, pan-fried bananas, flax oil, dark chocolate, nuts, toasted coconut, hemp or chia seeds.... the opportunities are endless!
(*Inspired by The Plantiful Life)
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