13 May 2020

My Current Favourite Breakfast | Superfood Oats

Breakfast, Porridge, Oats, Recipe, Healthy Idea, Blueberries

As mentioned in my latest post on How I Stay Sane in Lockdown, I have been working out more, so I find that I crave something filling and healthy but tasty after my morning workout. Enter an old favourite - porridge.

Oats have forever been known as a great source of slow-releasing energy but they are also a nutrient-dense food packed with important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. In addition, they are high in fibre and protein in comparison to other grains. To my oats I add chia seeds for their texture, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, blueberries for antioxidants and natural sweetness (I use frozen blueberries which are a better option out of season and economically), and mixed seeds for protein and fibre (I choose a mix which includes flaxseeds for their nutritional benefits). I enjoy my satisfying bowl of oats alongside my morning coffee.

Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup of oats
- 1/2 cup of cows or oat milk, plus extra to add if needed
- 1 tsp of chia seeds
- A handful of frozen blueberries
- 1/2 tbsp of mixed seeds

Directions:
Combine the oats and milk in a medium-sized pan over a medium heat, stirring regularly. Add the chia seeds.

Once the mixture has started to thicken and is well-heated, throw in the frozen blueberries. These will add pleasing swirls of purple to the mixture as they thaw. Keep adding milk to the porridge as it thickens, depending on how you like the texture of your porridge. More milk = thinner porridge, less milk = thicker.

As soon as the oats reach a texture of your liking, scrape this out straight away into a bowl (it can thicken quickly on the heat) and sprinkle over the mixed seeds. Eat immediately.

Swaps/ Options:
- Fresh blueberries are fine - I'd scatter these over as a topping rather than stirring these in the pan
- Other frozen berries would also work, or try chopped banana as a topping
- I haven't added any sugar or sweetener, as I don't think this recipe needs it but if you crave extra sweetness, try adding a drizzle of honey before sprinkling over the seeds

Let me know if you try out this recipe or have any other topping suggestions in the comments below!

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