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 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!