You will all know by now that I love breakfast. It’s definitely the most important meal of the day, and having a good breakfast is at the heart of being healthy.
Oats are such a good way to start the day as they are filling and fuelling. Having oats for breakfast will mean that you are raring to go for the rest of the day, and they’re so satisfying that they should take you right through until lunch without having to pass Go or the biscuit tin.
I saw this gorgeous breakfast on Instagram the other day and immediately loved it. The beautiful colours of this bowl just make you want to dive in. Plus it’s also full of goodies including one of my favourites. Maca.
Maca is rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, and E. It provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids. It has also been said that Maca can relieve menstrual issues and menopause. It alleviates cramps, body pain, hot flashes, anxiety, mood swings, and depression. Sounds pretty great doesn’t it? Well, there are whole host of other benefits to Maca, including people claim within days of using maca your energy level may increase. Just a small amount could be exactly what you need for an energy boost! It has a sort of malty, toasted oat-sort of taste and is really great added to smoothies, baked goodies and overnight oats!
So without further ado, here is a wonderfully brightening oat recipe brought to you by the lovely Natty Hawkings.
I think most of us foodies love a good breakfast! This recipe has so many of my favourite things in it and is a great way to show how you can fit a delicious and nourishing breakfast into a busy schedule.
So here it is:
- ½ cup of whole rolled porridge oats
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- ½ cup almond milk (or coconut if you want to really boost the creaminess)
- 1 tablespoon coconut yoghurt ( preferably vanilla but if you only have plain just add a pinch of vanilla powder or a little extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp maca powder
- optional - ½ to 1 scoop vegan protein powder in vanilla or plain.
- optional - a little of your favourite natural sweetener if you have a sweeter tooth. always start with a small amount e.g. a teaspoon and you can always add more to taste.
- Combine the base ingredients in a jar and stir it all together. Remember both the seeds and the oats swell so make sure the jar has at least an inch of room at the top.
- Add in any optional ingredients and stir well. If necessary add more liquid (choose between more dairy free milk or even water). You want the mixture to be a sort of pourable consistency but not too wet. There just needs to be enough liquid for the oats and chia seeds to absorb over night.
- If you are adding protein powder, I would recommend adding a few drops of water to the powder in a separate dish and forming a paste before adding it to the oat/chia mix. This means you don't risk finding any clumps of powder half way through a delicious mouthful in the morning.
- If adding a sweetener, have a little taste taste to decide if you need to add any more.
- Pop the lid on the jar and store in the fridge for a nutrient packed breakfast all ready to go in the morning.
- In the morning, open the jar and add a little more liquid if desired and stir. You can keep it in the jar if you need something for on the go or scoop it into your favourite bowl.
- Either way, you can have some fun experimenting with your favourite toppings. I love a mix of fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, coconut and maybe an extra superfood or two like bee pollen or cacao nibs - a perfect combination of protein, healthy fats and of course plenty of micro-nutrients.
I do love a superfood boost in the morning!