I must have been holding out on you guys. Or maybe this amazing staple of mine does not hold the same novelty as treats like homemade snickers bars. But here it is, my go-to oatmeal recipe.
My love affair with oats is built upon many levels. I get hungry a lot and it takes a lot to keep me satisfied, this breakfast does the best job in doing the opposite. It is lovely and comforting, especially on a cold morning. And although I usually top my oats with fairly similar bits (as evident from my Instagram), the options are endless and fun.
Oats come in many forms from steel-cut to instant. I generally go for traditional rolled oats or quick cooking depending on how much bite I want to my oats. The only difference pretty much lies in how thinly rolled the oats are; thinner oats cook faster. Oats are truly a super food, a really affordable one at that, and here is a little glimpse of the amazing things it does:
- Lowers cholesterol levels. The soluble fibre in oats does an amazing job of moping up bad cholesterol. Lower cholesterol levels means a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Lowers risk of colorectal cancer. Oats are full of insoluble fibre. A high fibre diet has been linked to a lowered risk of colorectal cancer.
- Stabilised blood sugar levels. High fibre whole grains like oats take a long time to digest. This means less spikes in your blood sugar levels, sustained energy release and longer satiety!
- Minerals. Oats contain manganese, selenium, phosphorus, fibre, magnesium and zinc.
The chia seeds, banana, milk and fruit make it even more of a nutritional powerhouse. Have I convinced you yet? Will you try my recipe and send me a picture? I might have your new breakfast staple right here.
- 4 tablespoons oats
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 banana
- ½ cup milk (any kind)
- ½ tablespoon peanut butter
- Optional toppings: Fruit (I like berries and kiwis), molasses, cinnamon, nuts, seeds, stewed fruit
- Stove top: Add oats, chia seeds, milk and a crumbled up banana to a pot and cook until the oats are softenend.
- Microwave: Add oats, chia seeds, milk and a crumbled up banana to a bowl and cook for 2-4 minutes.
- Top with all the magical toppings.