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Frosty Finnish mornings= Warm bowl of porridge.
I never used to like porridge because it was either too ‘gluey’, too bland, too sweet or simply too yucky. Sound familiar? Well never say never, as today I am sharing the healthiest and yummiest morning meal, enjoyed daily by the whole family.
We all snaffle our porridge down each morning like the three bears from that famous story… and little M has been happily feasting on this power packed bowl of goodness from about nine months of age. I feel good about preparing this simple dish rather than buying the over processed (and often sugar laden) porridge available in the supermarkets. This porridge is a power packed bowl of whole grain goodness with a delicious taste.
How can this be so simple?
Here is the run down on the ingredients and why they are so valuable…
// Oats // are now touted as a ‘miracle food’. They are a great source of soluble fibre and keep you fuller for longer. They help to lower blood pressure, improve gut health, increase vitamin B1 and give a daily fix of folate (which is important for pregnant mummas).
// Chia // is also rich in soluble fibre and a great source of plant based omega 3s, meaning a great brain builder and mood lifter. This little seed is a favourite in our house!
// Shredded coconut // is a decadent flavour enhancer, source of iron, some good fats and fibre.
// Ground flax seed // is a powerhouse of B vitamins and magnesium as well as MORE plant based omega 3s.
// Cinnamon // improves insulin’s efficiency which helps stabilize blood sugar levels.
…and berries. What’s not to love about berries? They are simply little bubbles of brain building goodness, antioxidants, low sugar… and they taste yummy!
I throw everything in a pot the night before to let it soak and simply turn on the stove in the morning. If you can tolerate dairy milk, add a splash of milk. For little M, I add some oat or hemp ‘mylk’. If you prefer it cold, that is fine too! You can even blend it up as a smoothie bowl! The Options are endless! Without further ado, here is the recipe!
It serves one- so double or triple it according to needs. If you prefer it sweeter, add some more fruit (such as pears) or some pear purée for the little one. Enjoy!
Overnight Oat and Chia Porridge
3/4 cup whole rolled oats
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp of unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tsp of goji berries or any other berry
1.5 cups of filtered water
For the topping:
Ground flax seed
1/2 cup of ‘mylk’ such as hemp, almond, oat (or cow or goat if you prefer).
Optional extra: 1 teaspoon of coconut butter or oil per bowl.
In a mixing bowl (or pot if you plan to warm it up in the morning) combine all ingredients and top with water. Mix through and let sit on your bench top overnight. If your kitchen is quite warm, place them in the refrigerator. Soaking everything overnight starts off a sort of fermentation process, making the porridge more digestible and full of natural probiotics.
In the morning, gently heat through with a half-cup of your favourite ‘mylk’ and top with ground flax and cinnamon to taste.
If you prefer it raw, blend lightly (or don’t), serve as is and top with flax, cinnamon and berries.
How about you? Do you have a favourite recipe? I would love to hear about it.
P.s Don’t mind the little bear’s hand trying to take his share as I snapped the picture…