Porridge. Somehow, the word alone conjures up anything but excitement. “Healthy Oats” will do if you are into the healthy eating thing, but for most people Oats are just the random healthy choice on the menu when you go out for breakfast. When I was little, my mom used to make porridge for me every morning and in an attempt to make it more interesting I used to add things to it and by the end of it all, Parmesan cheese (yes, Parmesan cheese) ended up in my porridge bowl. Now there is absolutely no denying that I was an odd kid, clearly, but I still maintain that it tasted good although looking back now I am not so sure whether that was because I had managed to invent an epic taste combination, or whether it was really more to do with the beginnings of my cheese obsession. Odd-cat behavior aside, oats are still one of my favorite things to eat. When I was in Res in varsity I could often be found staring at the microwave like Chris Hemsworth was going to pop out of it making sure my oats didn’t over-bubble. Here are two of my favorite recipes for eating oats; don’t worry, I promise none of them contain cheese, but if you did decide to chuck some cheese in your porridge I promise I won’t judge you.
Chocolate & Peanut Butter Porridge
2/3 Cup Oats (Gluten-free)
1 Tbsp Flaxseed powder
1 Tbsp Raw Cacao Powder
1 Tsp Peanut Butter (make sure it has no added sugar or salt – Woolies has a tub that tastes like heaven)
Milk/ whatever alternative you use/ water
Honey to taste
1 Banana, sliced – optional
How to make this happen
This is the old-school method and it involves using your stove top and a pot. If cleaning that extra pot is too much for you to even handle first thing in the morning, then skip to the next method.
1. Put the oats in the pot, and comfortably cover them with the liquid of your choice.
2. Bring the contents to the boil and then turn down (for what I hear you say) to let it simmer for about 3-5 more minutes, depending on how impatient you are.
3. Add the Raw Cacao (kak-ow) powder and flaxseed powder to the pot before you transfer to the bowl and give it a good mix.
4.Add the peanut butter to the bowl along with the porridge, top with the sliced banana and honey to taste and enjoy the indulgent deliciousness that is this breakfast.
How lazy people make oats
1.Put the oats directly in the bowl you are going to eat out of, and cover with the liquid of your choice
2. Put it in the microwave for 2 minutes and watch it like a hawk. Sometimes these things boil over the edge of the bowl and then you will quite literally have a hot mess to deal with.
3. Add the cacao, flaxseed and peanut butter and give it a good mix. Then top it all off with sliced banana and honey to taste.
4. Feel like a boss because you made this all happen in one bowl (#winning).
This guy is great for a warm summer’s morning or when the thought of eating a hot breakfast makes you start to sweat. It’s so incredibly easy and delicious and is quite similar to Bircher’s muesli except that you don’t have to make it the night before. I honestly can’t talk this up enough, you will just have to try it.
3 tbsp Oats (gluten-free)
3 tbsp Woolworths Double Cream (Greek) yoghurt
1 Tbsp chia seed *optional
Cinnamon to taste
Other seasonal fruit to top it off if you are feeling festive.
How to make it happen
1. Combine the oats, chia seeds and Greek yoghurt in the bowl you want to eat out of
2. Grate an apple over the top of the mixture
3. Mix it all together, top with as much cinnamon as you like and enjoy
A delicious, healthy oat breakfast remains one of my absolute favourites. Oats are so simple and easy to make, and there are so many great combinations it makes it easy to keep oats healthy and exciting. Think 1 Tbsp nut butter (for protein) and berries (for extra anti-oxidants), cinnamon, honey and ground or whole almonds, or chop up a banana and top with some walnuts. The best part about oats, though, is just how good they are for you. According to Patrick Holford they lower the GL of a meal which means that they are a great choice for blood sugar control, which in turn means less irrational cravings later on in the day. You can read more about the health benefits of oats here if you’re interested. I personally do not buy into the banting way of eating, I have tried it for an extended period of time and it didn’t work for me. I don’t think all carbs are the devil and I definitely think that oats are one of the healthier carbohydrate choices you can make for yourself, especially if you’ve got a #BBG lined up for later in your day. If an opinion of someone like Patrick Holford doesn’t do too much for you, take a look at some of Jessica Sepel’s healthy oat breakfast ideas, or an overnight oats recipe by the incredible Kayla Itsines here. If you’re not already drooling at your screen, or need a little more inspiration to create your own Pinterest worthy healthy and delicious oat recipes here’s some more #healthyfoodporn for you.