Hey everyone. First of all, I’m sorry if you love your oats on a morning, you’ll probably like these too. Truthfully, I’m writing this one for me; or at least me a year ago. I hate oats, unpopular opinion, I know but there’s something about them I don’t like. Overnight oats on the other hand, I’m a big fan of. However, in the harshness of winter there isn’t much less appealing than grabbing a jar of something from the fridge first thing on a morning.
I struggle with warmer breakfast foods. Pancakes take a bit too long for your average day. I try to avoid gluten, and most gluten free bread tastes awful, so toast is out. And short of making something in advance and putting it in a microwave, I don’t have any other obvious alternatives. So, I made it my mission to try and force myself to like them. Every conventional way I tried just made me use a ridiculous amount of sugar, not exactly healthy in the long run. As a result, I tried to be a bit more inventive with my flavours and the following three are my favourites.
Each of these recipes involves a source of protein and healthy fat as I think a balance of macro-nutrients makes the dishes more filling.
The Chocolate Lover
- Half a cup of oats (gf if required).
- 1 tbsp. raw cacao or cocoa powder
- A cup almond milk
- 1 tsp cocoa butter
- 1 heaped tsp peanut butter
- Dark chocolate (optional)
Now I know making a bowl of porridge is pretty straight forward but I can’t exactly publish a recipe post without instructions so here we go…
- Add oats, almond milk and cocoa/ cacao to a small saucepan on a low to medium heat.
- Leave to thicken, stirring at regular intervals.
- When it is nearly done to your desired texture (we all like our oats differently), stir in the cocoa butter and allow it to melt.
- Once done, remove from heat and serve. Drizzle with peanut butter and add dark chocolate to serve.
The Berry Lover
- Half a cup of oats
- ¾ cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- 2 tbsp. toasted flaked almonds
- Sweetener of choice (to taste)
- Place berries in a small saucepan on a low heat. If you’re using fresh, add a dash of water too. Frozen berries can go in alone.
- When the berries have started to soften slightly (a few minutes), add the oats and milk.
- Leave to cook, stirring frequently, until the oats reach your desired texture and the berries have burst and your oats are a light purply blue colour (I know, such a great description)
- Stir in chia seeds and your choice of sweetener then pour into a bowl.
- Sprinkle with toasted almonds to serve.
The Winter Warmer
- Half an apple, peeled and chopped
- 1tsp brown sugar
- Half a cup of oats
- A cup of almond milk
- 30g walnuts
- Additional brown sugar to taste
- Add the chopped apple, a dash of water and tsp of brown sugar to a small saucepan on a medium heat for approximately 5 minutes until the apples have softened and the water has almost fully evaporated.
- Add the oats and almond milk to the pan and reduce heat slightly.
- Cook for a further few minutes until mixture is your ideal texture.
- Stir in the walnuts and any additional sugar then serve.
If you don’t like oats hopefully one of these will change your mind.