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Banoffee Breakfast Chia Oats

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It’s no secret I’m a fan of oats. They are a beautifully grounding and nourishing breakfast to set you up for the day. Full of B vitamins and magnesium to support your nervous system, iron for energy, and fibre to keep your digestive system happy. But sometimes porridge seems a bit meh. Even when topped with 14 different fruit / nut / seed / yoghurt combos, sometimes I want more. Something different.

If that’s you too, you really should make these Banoffee Breakfast Chia Oats. They’re delicious. And they best part is that you put most of it together the night before. Banoffee, for the uninitiated, is an English flavour combination featuring banana and toffee or caramel. It’s a winning combination in my mind, especially with the addition of a little cheeky chocolate…

This recipe was inspired by a recipe in Delicious magazine that mashed banana through oats which I thought was pretty cool. But what if it wasn’t just oats, but banoffee oats with a delicious crunchy pecan topping – and here we have the result, yum!! The addition of chia adds extra fibre and minerals, plus a lovely pudding style consistency. And the crunchy pecans are perfect to give you that “Am I eating a delicious pie for breakfast but it’s really actually good for me?” kind of feeling.

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Banoffee Breakfast Chia Oats

¼ cup rolled oats

1 1/2 tbsp chia seeds

1/2 cup almond milk and 1/2 cup coconut milk (or any combination milk of choice)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 banana

FOR THE CARAMEL

1 date

1 tbsp almond butter

A pinch sea salt

1 tbsp coconut milk/nut milk/milk of choice

¼ cup pecans, lightly toasted

 

Place the oats and chia seeds in a bowl and add the milk and vanilla.

Cover and place in …

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Creating a Wholefood Pantry: WHOLEGRAINS – part 1. And a baked porridge.

Baked Porridge – awesome!

I forget that it can be a little daunting sometimes, cooking with wholefoods and knowing what to do with half the stuff. There is SO MUCH information out there, some great, some not so much. It may seem easier to stick your head in the sand, or cover your ears and sing a Bowie classic, but can I tell you if you stick with it the results are so worth it! Starting today I am putting together a series on how to convert your pantry, one step at a time, to a wholefood style larder (that just sounds more luscious than pantry doesn’t it?).

So grab a cuppa, and settle in to read all about the first on the agenda, due to popular vote,  WHOLEGRAINS.

Note** I have edited this post about three times now, it is SUCH a big topic, and I want to do it justice, it is really hard to condense this information! Please let me know if you would prefer to hear about it from another angle. I am starting with some general info and three gluten free ‘grains’ – Buckwheat, Quinoa and Oats (controversially). The other grains and how to prepare and cook them all is to follow.

Grains have a bit of a checkered reputation at the moment. There are a lot of people restricting them greatly, or not eating them at all. And then there is the other side of the fence with a lot of people eating mainly grains.

We need to understand also that wholegrains are a whole different ball game to refined grains, and require a completely different set of digestive skills. Remember your mother or grandparents telling you to chew your food 32 times? They were actually onto something! This is what it takes to …

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How to make delicious Oat Milk, and Crunchy Superfood Truffles with the leftover pulp.

We have some fabulous herbs and foods in our world that can assist us though busy times, or times of stress, and the humble oat is my first port of call today.

Oats are wonderful! In naturopathy we use oats both as a liquid herbal extract, and as a food in treating a whole host of conditions. They are warming and soothing in nature, and contain lovely amounts of calcium, potassium, iron, manganese, zinc, vitamins A, C, E, K, B vitamins, amino acids, and of course soluble fibre. Whoa! Traditionally, they have been used as a nervous system tonic, used for nervous debility and exhaustion, and to support an overly stressed nervous system.

Not only that, but they are well known for their effects on cholesterol management due to their soluble fibre and beta-glucan content. The beta-glucan increases the production of bile acids by the liver, which bind to cholesterol, preventing its reabsorption and it is promptly escorted out of the body. There have also been studies showing positive effects in lowering high blood pressure, and balancing blood sugar – awesome!

You can use them topically to calm irritated or itchy skin. Pop a cup of rolled oats in a clean old stocking or sock and soak in the bath with it’s milky goodness.

So pop on some porridge, make up some muesli, or whip up some oat milk! Oat milk is a great alternative for those not eating dairy, and it’s nice to make your own to avoid the vegetable oils and what not that comes with the shop bought varieties. Plus it’s loads cheaper! It may not have the protein profile of a nut milk, but it is still full of nutrients and has a richer taste compared to some other nut milks. I have used oat groats

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Meg Thompson

Naturopath & Nutritionist
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