Winter oats with coconut milk & chia seeds

I just luuuuuurve rolled oats in winter!  They make you feel completely warm & nourished, like being wrapped in a super extra fluffy cloud like blanket.  Oats or porridge is something that most of us grew up on.  There was always a steaming bowl ready to warm our bellies before a frosty walk to school…..with lashing of brown sugar of course.  There are so many different ways to make it, but I would like to share with you how I’ve been enjoying these yummy morsels.

Oats are absolutely packed full of nutrional goodness, are nice & cheap & you can purchase them easily in Bulk or in Plastic free wrappers.  They are the perfect nutritious way to start your day & keep you nice & full for an exciting day ahead.  Excellent brain food!

I like to stick to organic rolled oats, not the quick oats or flakes, to get maximum goodness & if you haven’t used them up until now, never fear this recipe is super easy.  Living without plastic means I have to plan my meals this makes up 5 tasty serves ready for the week in advance. If my journey so far has taught me anything its keep things simple.

Firstly gather your goodies together.  I make this up on a Sunday night so its ready for Monday morning, but the night before you want to eat them is the way forward.  I like to add some stewed fruit…which is often what is hanging out in my fruit bowl.  Pears & apples are in season & jolly good right now so stew those puppies up.  If you’re not a fan of stewed fruit leave them out or grate fresh ones over your oats when they are cooked…or flag them altogether….your choice but claim this breakie as your own & add your fav goodies as you fancy.

In a pot add the following fellows & simmer for 10 mins

1 Pear/apple chopped roughly

1 Medjool date – (adds a little sweetness but you can leave it out if you don’t fancy dates)

1/1/2 Cups of water 

Meanwhile in a medium mixing bowl (something you can pop a plate over or even something with a lid) add the other ingredients & mix.

1 1/2 Cups of Organic Rolled Oats

2 Tbsp of Chia seeds (or “natures little brooms” as I like to call them, & also good source of calcium & Omega 3’s )

1 tsp of flaxseed meal (optional) but another source of Omega 3’s & fibre

1 tsp Cinnamon (also packed with goodness)

1/4 cup of dried oil/preservative free fruit such as sultanas, figs or cherries

4 Tbsp of Coconut Cream/milk

When the fruit is cooked, pour it into the Oats mix, liquid & all.

Add another 1/2 Cup of liquid, I use water as the coconut cream has already added a nice creamy goodness, but if you prefer a nut milk use that.

Thats it, thats all there is to it!   Cover with a lid or plate & place in it the fridge overnight, scooping out a portion size as required.  You may need to add a little water/nut milk to make it a nice stirring consistency, as it will have soaked up all of the liquid & cook on a low heat for about 10 mins.  I cook mine on low while I’m in the shower (extra time in snuggly winter bed cocoon) & pop it in a old glass salsa jar to carry to work & gobble.  Of course you need to time this process rather well, so they are still nice & warm, or if you are feeling fancy, you could invest in a insulated food container like these stainless KleenKanteen ones.  Bit of an investment first up, but they are super handy & you will have them a lifetime.  Helps you avoid reheating food in the microwave as well, which is jolly good news all round.

Anyways, if you don’t have one of these, pop it in a jar & top with your favourite goodies.  I’ve used Hemp & sunflower seeds here as thats what I had in my fridge, but I love toasted pepitas, coconut or chopped almonds for extra protein.  You could add a little sweetener like honey or maple if you like but I find the fruit & dates sweeten it.  Serve it with some nut milk if you like but again I don’t bother.

So thats is, Plastic Free, tasty & nutritious, check out the printer version of the recipe here.  

Enjoy heating & warming those bellies with goodness!