Oats are one of my most favourite things to eat. I love how simple they are, yet you can do so many amazing things to make them even more delicious, nourishing and filling. I feel like sometimes when you’re trying to eat healthy/clean and keep on top of things it can get a little overwhelming, especially as there are so many options – and some can be a little spendy. Porridge is a quick, easy and cheap way to start the day – or to enjoy at any point during the day for that matter – and you can be as creative as you like when trying different combinations.
Recently whilst I was on holiday – delightful – I stayed at my grandparents house and whenever I stay there I always have porridge. I, along with most of my family, have been eating porridge at my grandparents for as long as I can remember, mostly because my Grandad, without fail, has porridge every day for breakfast. Oats have a sort of comforting feeling about them because of my Grandad, and I can’t imagine straying from the norm of porridge when staying at the Grandies. The below concoction is one I threw together whilst I was away from home, but managed to suss the ingredients from my Granny’s pantry relatively easily.
Blueberry, Chia Seed and Coconut Porridge
1/3 cup of rolled oats
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 tablespoon of desiccated coconut
A little cinnamon
A dollop of almond butter (or any nut butter you like!)
A handful of blueberries – fresh or frozen, and any kind of berry or fruit you fancy is fine
I favour cooking porridge in a pot over the microwave, but it doesn’t really matter! I think it’s just an old habit and in my mind it tastes better cooked in a pot. Pop the oats into a pot with enough water to cover them (add more if it looks too gluggy as it cooks, or if you prefer a runnier porridge), and add the chia seeds, desiccated coconut and cinnamon. When the oats start to bind together add the coconut oil and let it melt through. Cook until you are happy with the texture and then pour into a bowl. Top with your favourite nut butter and a sprinkle of your berry of choice.
Top with nut/coconut/any milk you like and enjoy the goodness!