Happy Friday everyone! I hope you are ready for some breakfast inspiration. I am slowly easing myself back into the colder weather and I am slowly easing myself back to the comfort food. As the colder months approach us I certainly crave the tummy hugging food and I am always on the lookout for healthy, comforting, wholesome breakfast options. Sometimes, I crave a sweet option in the morning but if I am short of time, I like to prepare something the night before.
Oats are a wonderful source of natural energy and they make the perfect breakfast. They contain slow release carbohydrates and they are packed full of antioxidants and plant chemicals that help keep the heart and arteries healthy. They can help keep hunger at bay because of their wholesome and fibre rich content – meaning, no morning sugar cravings! They are a powerhouse of goodness.
For me, I could eat oats on their own but sometimes it is nice to get creative in the kitchen and experiment with ingredients and flavours. Usually, I incorporate a vegetable where I can. However, on this occasion, I have kept everything sweet and simple. If you have a sweet tooth, this recipe might be the one for you! I love peanut butter, I love granola, I love chocolate and I love chia seeds! So why not combine my favourite things together and make a yummy breakfast option – H.E.L.L Y.E.A.H.
These are rough guidelines with no measurements. These will alter depending on your portion size and how you prefer the texture of your oats. If you make a large quantity you can store it in the fridge for a few days – don’t waste the yummy goodness!
I chose a variety of superfoods to enhance the quality of this breakfast. I packed as many nutrients in, as I believe, start the day as you mean to go on. Fuel your body with goodness first thing and you’ll be encouraged to eat more nutrient-dense foods throughout the day. After all, you’ll feel awesome for it!
- Whole rolled oats (this serving size depends on how much you want).
- Milk of choice (I like my oats creamy so I tend to add the whole carton of Oatly chocolate milk – vegan, natural and delicious – I also add some water as well) / you could use skimmed milk, almond milk or any other milk of choice.
- Chia seeds (you can skip this part, but they offer some awesome qualities!). I add more chia seeds than oats. I prefer the texture this way as the chia seeds add fluffiness and creaminess to this dish. Chia seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fats and they are also high in fibre which means they prolong the feeling of fullness and prevent hunger. As stated by the Superfood Bible “the seeds are one of our best plant sources of calcium as well as being a good source of iron”.
- Cinnamon – I am a lover of warmth and spice, especially during the colder months here in England. Cinnamon is another awesome superfood which has many added benefits as well as its delicious flavour. Cinnamon contains large amounts of polyphenol antioxidants. The antioxidants in cinnamon have been found to have anti-inflammatory effects – yay, happy tummy! This gorgeous little spice reduces bloating, flatulence and can reduce the discomfort of heartburn. But honestly, cinnamon has so much more to offer – do the research, it’s pretty amazing. Cinnamon definitely helps me fight the sugar cravings and is a very comforting start to the day.
- 1 scoop or 1 sachet of a powdered protein of choice – I add powdered protein for additional flavour, creaminess and to bump up the protein in the breakfast. However, you can totally skip this part if you don’t have any lying around. The protein I adore is https://wheybox.com.
Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl and place the oaty mixture into the fridge overnight – or, if you can’t resist! Eat it within a few hours. The chia seeds puff up, the protein adds creaminess and the cinnamon adds warmth and depth. So delicious!
I add all of the toppings before I eat the oats. I don’t like to add the toppings and then leave the mixture in the fridge. Sometimes, the toppings can become soggy and can separate.
Chocolate for breakfast? Yes, that’s totally a thing and if it isn’t, I am making it possible. As you will have seen from previous posts – Chocoholic Fix The Healthy Way – The Chocolate That Has Changed My Evening Snack Choices | Delicious Travels – Healthy Snacks for Travelling – I am a huge fan of the SuperTreats collection. SuperTreats is the healthier alternative to Dairy Milk, in my opinion. Natural ingredients, no caffeine and it still tastes awesome.
My favourite from the collection is the Cheery Chia – organic chocolate made from carob, chia seeds and the most delicious orange oil infusion. I added a few crumbled pieces on top of my oats. This chocolate adds an orange zest kick and it also adds indulgence. Don’t forget, if you heat your oats up in the microwave, the chocolate will melt on top – now that’s what I call heaven.
“With its succulent, sweet taste and unique chia crunchiness, it’s the perfect treat for all lovers of orange chocolate. Like our other carob bars, Cheery Chia is choc-full of wholesome goodness, making a genuinely guilt-free treat for the whole family. But don’t take our word for it – try them yourself!” – SuperTreats quote.
Ingredients of the Cheery Chia: Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Coconut Blossom Nectar, Organic Whole Milk Powder, Organic Carob Powder, Organic Chia Seeds (5%), Organic Orange Oil, Organic Madagascan Vanilla, Emulsifier: Sunflower Lecithin.
Of course, peanut butter is always a good topping!
“Together, we need to rekindle our relationship with our bodies and with our food, cultivating an intentional awareness of what our bodies actually need” Mindful Bites.
Changing our behaviours, one bite at a time is Mindful Bites. I first encountered this brand at the Health Blog Awards; not only was the founder incredibly down to earth and beautiful, the products did the talking and I got to sample many of their nut butters. You can learn about Stephanie, the founder here: She’s pretty incredible!
This nut butter tastes delicious drizzled on top of the oats, both cold and warm. I add this at the end of the breakfast making process.
Made from the highest quality nuts which are blended with superpower superfoods, the nut butters are sugar-free, gluten-free & vegan. A true powerhouse of yumminess with an incredible flavour and texture. Also, these little guys are perfect for on-the-go!
This brand takes healthy snacking to a whole new dimension. They combine mindful eating with nutritional ingredients to supply their customers with the best outcome. They believe that the right snacks are the key to improved well-being as well as boosting an individuals energy and concentration throughout the day.
Choosing the best snack or breakfast topping comes down to our eating behaviours. Mindful Bites have taken into consideration every element and have provided snacking goodness that does not encourage cravings, sugar highs or mid-afternoon crashes.
“Inspired by mindfulness and the powerful effect it has on modifying behaviour, we’ve taken inspiration from the latest behavioural and nutritional scientific research to create an entirely new type of snack. Our snacks deliver the vital nutrients your body needs every day, with a texture that slows down the rate at which you eat, for greater awareness with every bite” Mindful Bites.
I sprinkled a touch of homemade granola on top of my oats; my homemade granola is a mixture of oats, peanut butter, dates, seeds, nuts and chia seeds. If you want the recipe, please let me know! I add the granola for crunch, chewiness and richness.
I infuse my granola with nutmeg and cinnamon – this adds additional warmth and again, also adds anti-inflammatory properties. If you don’t want to make your own granola; I love Breakfast By Bella and Rolla Granola.
I hope you liked this mini recipe and if you do re-create your own porridge, please tag me in your creations! I would love to see them – @positivelyjessicaward on Instagram and @positivelyjess on Twitter.
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