Oats, oats, oats.
It would only take you ten minutes on the fitness and health side of Instagram to discover that the world's gym-going and fit-keeping population are obsessed with oats. Proats, zoats, goats (!?) and so on are staples of the modern healthy diet, and it's really not hard to see why.
The first thing you'll be likely to think of is energy. We all know oatmeal as being one of those good, slow-releasing energy meals. Well this actually increases fat-burning during exercise, too, and can be particularly beneficial when combined with protein (proats) to encourage muscle recovery. Oats also contain more dietary fibre than any other grain. Considering the fact that fibre is one of those areas I tend to fall down on a lot, this is already looking good to me.
All this being said, when I recently saw plain oatflakes for sale in a nearby supermarket (also known as rolled oats), I decided to grab them and see what I could do with them. I can now confirm that they are utterly divine in a smoothie with banana and strawberries (recipe on the way), but I wanted to try them out as good old porridge, too.
I actually bought raw powdered cacao recently enough, and have been struggling to make it work in a smoothie due to its bitter taste and my terrible sweet tooth. While cooking my oatmeal, I decided to throw a spoonful in, and we have a winner! So now I have a way to enjoy my cacao powder too. Win win win!
- 1 cup Oats
- 2 cups Almond Milk
- 1 level tbsp Cacao
- Fresh Berries (I used Strawberries, Blueberries & Raspberries)
- Natural Honey
This is just the most straightforward thing to make, even though my tiny apartment doesn't have a microwave! All you'll need to do is add the oats, almond milk & cacao powder to a small saucepan over a medium heat, and stir until you have no dry oats floating at the top.
Once it reaches a boil, begin stirring continuously. The mixture will get creamier the longer you leave it to cook, but just be careful not to burn it.
Once you've reached your desired thickness, pour into a bowl to serve. Cut up your berries over the top, drizzle some honey over it all and dig in immediately! The oatmeal is creamy and nutty, with the bitterness of the cacao completely melted away into soft chocolatey goodness, perfectly paired with the sweet berries. Delish.
This recipe actually did make a little too much for me, so I just popped half into the fridge for tomorrow. Oats do extremely well when left to stew overnight, and in fact get even tastier, so this is a great option.
Have a similar recipe? Like this one? Let me know :)