Winter is here and isn't it getting chilly fast? It's time to put on our bed socks and make oatmeal in the mornings, well it is at least for me.
Here are some of my sweet and colourful oat recipes to ramp up your energy levels and give you a nutritional boost.
Let’s talk about oatmeal. I’ve been an oatmeal lover since i was a little kid and haven’t turned back since. I love mine always cooked on the stove or as overnight oats. Why do I love them? Well, they’re...
High in fiber and antioxidants
100% whole grain
Gluten-free and vegan-friendly
The best healthy breakfast ever
Oats are a good source of many nutrients including vitamin E, zinc, selenium, copper, iron, manganese and magnesium. Oats are also a good source of protein and healthy slow burning carbohydrates.
Oats are a great choice for breakfast as not only are they a super healthy way to start your day but also you can add a multitude of other healthful ingredients to really start to fill up those nutrients on cronometer, you know what i'm saying, almost anything goes fruits, nuts, seeds and spices you name it, it can be done.
Here are my top 2 of my favourite nutritional oatmeal recipes, plus a breakfast rice recipe you don't want to miss, see below.
Ginger Oats With Pineapple & Mango
I love pineapple especially as in the UK, as they are always a super cheap price, usually only £1 per pineapple, sometimes even 50p in tesco I've noticed. Pineapples are super nutritious and bursting with vitamin C!
This recipe is super flavourful with the background ginger flavour within the oats to the bursting sweetness of the mango and the added crunch of coconut this probably has to be my favourite oat recipe.
I love adding chia seeds to my oatmeal as they have the highest combined plant source of omega 3, fibre and protein, and are high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Chia offers essential nutrition often missing in modern diets. So it's always good to switch up the flax with some chia sometime.
Add all the ingredients for the oatmeal to a pan heat on medium stirring frequently until oats are cooked through, 3-5 minutes, adding more milk if necessary..
Taste and adjust sweetness
Top with pineapple, mango, coconut and chia seeds.
I feel this is probably the best oatmeal recipe in existence, especially for chocolate lovers to get their fix in a clean-eating way, it uses cocoa powder and cocoa nibs which are the healthier more natural counterparts to chocolate bars.
You might not believe this but raw unsweetened cocoa powder per tbsp contains a whopping amount of your daily essential mineral intake, including 11% of Calcium, 66% Iron, Magnesium 107%, Phosphorus 63%, Potassium 37%, Zinc 39%, Copper 163%, Manganese 165% & Selenium 18%!
So now you know how much you should be eating this chocolate flavoured oatmeal for your breakfast, please, dive right in!
Handful of blueberries
1 tsp cocoa nibs
1 banana sliced
Drizzle of maple syrup
Add all the ingredients for the oats to a pan on medium heat, stirring constantly until oats are cooked 3-5 minutes, adding more milk if necessary.
Top with banana, cocoa nibs, blueberries and extra maple syrup.
Breakfast Rice Recipes
Okay so if this sounds weird to you, you're going to have to trust me, as there is such a thing as breakfast rice or rice pudding for breakfast.
It's healthy and a great way to use up leftover rice from last night's meal, it takes 5 minutes to make and is as easy as heating up cooked rice with some plant milk and tasty toppings.
For those in a rush in the mornings or like to make extra grains up each time you cook (great idea) with the plans of a easy meal the next day, then this is for you.
Breakfast Rice With Blueberries & Mango Chia Pudding
Who else loved rice pudding as a kid? I know I did, that creaminess was unmatched and so silky and sweet inside my mouth, yum! This recipe is just like that memory, except made all the better with this mango chia pudding i randomly discovered. I hope you are just as excited to make this as I am to share this with you..
For the rice
1 cup cooked rice
1 cup plant milk
1 medium banana (mashed)
For the mango chia pudding
(makes 2 portions)
First prepare the mango chia pudding by adding all the ingredients except the chia to a food processor or blender and blitz to combine, then pour out into a bowl and add the chia seeds. Leave to set around 15mins.
To make the breakfast rice, add the rice to a pot with the rest of the ingredients and warm through on medium heat stirring occasionally.
When the rice is heated through, serve with the mango chia pudding and the other suggested toppings if choosing.