I love oats. I could eat them every meal of every and never get bored.I feel that way about most food, which is a problem in itself, that’s for another day.
Bake’ em, boil ’em, blend ’em, they are so versatile and a great carrier for so many delicious toppings. I keep a stash of seeds, dried fruit and other exciting additions in a cupboard close by so that a bowl of delicious oats is just around the corner.
This particular bowl of oats features on my breakfast table a minimum of 4 mornings a week. The banana itself sweetens the oats and makes this super creamy, which is never going to be a bad thing.
I have some essentials for my oats which really take them up a notch:
- A MUST have topping is nut butter. I’m a self confessed nut butter lover and I simply can not have a bowl of oats without it. Personal favourites are almond and peanut but any nut butter you can get your hands on would be equally delicious I’m sure.
- Crunchy toppings. I’m a textural freak and a single textured foods just will not pass the test. Seeds, cacao nib, bea pollen, toasted coconut, dried fruit, granola take your pick but get it on there.
- Salt. I know, I know, we eat to much salt and we need to cut down. I avoid processed foods as much as is possible so grant me this wish. A pinch is all it takes and it makes the world of difference.
- Use a really ripe banana, the more brown speckle the better. This will ensure you your oats are lovely and sweet, not just starchy.
- Cook them in a pot, PLEASE. I don’t own a microwave and even if I did I wouldn’t cook oats in it. They won’t taste the same at all and you won’t get the same creaminess as when they are cooked in a pot, I urge you to give yourself an extra pot to wash cause it’s so worth it.
So here it is my wonderful oats which I hope will feature on your breakfast table as much as mine.
1/2 large ripe banana, thinly sliced
1/3 cup oats
1/3 cup milk of choice (I like almond or coconut)
1/3 cup water
2 teaspoons chia seeds
3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon (I’m mildly obsessed so feel free to use less)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Toppings of choice, as per my recommendations above.
- Simply place all your ingredients in pot over a VERY low heat. Leave to simmer for about 5 minutes until the oats absorb most of the liquid.You want the banana to start to cook so If the oats look like they are starting to dry out a little before this happens just add in a but more liquid.
- Once you’ve reached this stage vigorously beats the oats until the banana breaks up and dissolves in. A few small lumps is okay but we’re aiming for ulitmate smoothness here.
An that’s it!!! Simples!
- Place in your serving bowl and add on all your toppings, the more the merrier I say.
The perfect way to start your day! How will you top yours?
Have a great day x