Oat-a-licious!

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So I absolutely LOVE breakfast…whether it’s pancakes or smoothies, eggs or an omelette, I could honestly have breakfast for every meal of the day! But as the winter months draw closer and the temperatures begin to drop, there is one thing I crave above anything else…the humble oats!

I actually grew up hating porridge. I can remember sneaking into the kitchen well before anyone else was up, just so that I could down my coco pops before mum had a chance to force feed me the daily dose of goo! How things have changed…

The thing I love most about oats is that they are so versatile! You can use them to make pancakes, or soak them in yoghurt overnight to make a bircher breakfast. Or you can simply cook them up as they are! They are such a nourishing and wholesome breakfast, and nothing warms you up more on a cold winter morning than a bowl of hot oats. So to get in the winter spirit, I am going to share with you three of my all-time favourite oats recipes!

1) Vanilla pear oats

This little bowl of goodness tastes just like a fruit crumble! It is the perfect treat to start your day, and will warm you from the inside out.IMG_2431

  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup fresh pear (chopped)
  • 10 almonds
  • 1/3 cup vanilla bean yoghurt

Mix oats, pear and almonds together in a small bowl. Add the water and microwave for 1-2 minutes, until the oats are cooked and the pear has softened. Add the yoghurt and gently mix through.

2) Coconut banana oats

I can’t get enough of this delicious recipe!! With a slight hint of caramel, it almost tastes like a banoffee pie…but much healthier of course!

  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 banana (thick slices)
  • 10 almonds
  • 1 tbsp coconut thread
  • 1/3 cup greek coconut yoghurt

Heat a non-stick pan, and lightly brown banana slices on both sides for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat. Mix oats, almonds and coconut thread together in a small bowl. Add the water and microwave for 1 minute. Place the banana slices on the surface of the semi-cooked oats and microwave for 1 minute. To serve, add the greek coconut yoghurt.

3) Apple and berry oats

If you are looking for something a little lighter, with a bit more zing to it, this recipe will hit the spot!

  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup mixed berries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/4 apple (chopped)
  • 10 almonds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Mix oats, berries, almonds and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Add the water and microwave for 1-2 minutes, until the oats are cooked and the berries and apple have softened.

So I hope these little recipes will warm you up as the cold weather sets in!

Charlotte xx

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