porridge

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

carrot cake oatmealThere’s definitely now a chill in the air and that means porridge for breakfast. Spiced, fruity, creamy, healthy and speedy oats. I’ve always loved breakfast for pudding be it cereal, waffles, pancakes or PBJ toast but it’s always nice to actually jazz up an old favourite and make it taste better than dessert. Ok, maybe i’m exaggerating a little but this is pretty good.

carrot cake oatmealI’ve always found things more enjoyable too if something is actually good for you…..this is normal, right? For instance say there was a large piece of refined flour, white sugar, fat laden carrot cake (with not much carrot in it!) or this carrot cake oatmeal for a dessert choice, I would actually choose the oatmeal. That doesn’t mean to say I wouldn’t want a healthier ramped up carrot cake itself but I’m just saying feeling good is such a priority for me. Especially with a little one to keep my energy levels up for. Healthy food always tastes better.

carrot cake oatmealYou may be interested in this super creamy healthy bowl of carrot cake oatmeal for the following:

no added oils
dairy free
3 servings of fruit/veg
Low GI
high in fibre
10 minutes
dessert for breakfast anyone?

Right, I’m off to book my surf lesson as part of my ‘do more things outside of your baby’ plan. In truth, I kinda got side swept with being a first-time mum, exclusively breastfeeding (Eden rejected bottle from birth too) and focusing all my efforts on my princess. I wonder if it’s easy to do or if it’s just me and my personality but I’ve gotten to the point where I feel a little trapped and claustrophobic….I feel guilty even saying this as I’m sure there are plenty of Mums who wouldn’t. It’s 14 months since I gave birth and I don’t feel too good on an emotional level so it’s time for me to make a few changes. I need a break. I think I need my body back. I need a life outside of being a Mother. One thing I can say with certainty is, If it wasn’t for my healthy active lifestyle I truly believe I would be much worse off in terms of my wellbeing. I’m so thankful I have prioritised those elements, but I truly underestimated the importance of emotional wellbeing and taking care of the other stuff. That’s kinda why I’m having surfing lessons in the freezing cold (ha ha!) and also because I live 30 seconds from the beach!

carrot cake oatmealAnyway, I’m scared as it’s 14ºC but I’ll be fine I’m told………wish me luck! At least I have carrot cake oatmeal to warm me up.

Carrot cake oatmeal

(serves 2)
1 large carrot, finely grated
1 apple, grated
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup almond meal
1 cup porridge oats
2 tablespoons liquid sweetener
1 heaped tsp cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3 cups dairy free milk (we used coconut)

  1. Add all the ingredients to a pan + cook on a low simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Transfer to two bowls, sweeten as you wish + add desired toppings.
  3. Coconut + toasted almonds are good.

Raw Buckwheat Vanilla Porridge (GF + Vegan)

Raw buckwheat + vanilla porridge for twoThe perfect breakfast.

Today is most definitely a day for raw buckwheat vanilla porridge and following your heart.

I’ve been cotemplating, pondering and realising today. Realising that no matter how much you tell yourself otherwise, you cannot get along with everyone. This may sound obvious but I got caught up for a while there, caught up in the belief that we should all get along and love thy neighbour regardless. But I don’t buy it. Today I understand the need to be a better person, to strive for harmony and most of the time I’m good with this. You know the kind of stuff I’m talking about- less judgements, helping others more, greater compassion, embracing differences and just general goodness. On the whole, I am this person, I’m pretty kind,  I care, I make a point of understanding different viewpoints, I like to help, yeah I’m doing OK here.

But then it happened, I gave in and accepted that some people are simply not deserving recipients of our precious time and energy. Perhaps I  sound like a bitch and maybe I am, but I’m ok with this because sometimes you have to have an opinion and just go with what you believe, I’m big on integrity. And I’m not talking about particular people but just generally accepting that some differences cannot be bridged in life. Those who just feel like a steep hill, possessors of harsh tongues, makers of arbitrary judgements, disregarders of other’s feelings, showers of sheer recklessness, complacent with delicate souls -it’s these who I’m talking about. When one cares less for the consequences of their actions or lifestyle choices, who are aware  but care  much less of the damage they cause to themselves and others too, including the world we share, yes I can get along but not get on with them. I know it’s such a minority but it still just is and I’ve decided to let these toxic people go, albeit lovingly, with good thoughts and no hard feelings.

There’s too much greatness out there, overwhelming acts of kindness and heartbreaking generosity, thank god for all these good people……and for delicious breakfasts too.Raw buckwheat + vanilla porridge

So I love porridge but usually stick with the oat variety, definitely one of my favourite foods ever. But I was kind of intrigued by buckwheat porridge so it was high up on my hit list of recipe to-dos!  I found the raw buckwheat very reasonably priced in a local health food shop. This recipe requires the raw groats so be sure that you don’t buy the cereal version because this is not what you want. Despite the name, there is no wheat in buckwheat so this super whole grain is a fabulous option for gluten free diets or even as a change to the grains that get so ingrained in our diets! This buckwheat breakfast is simple, wholesome and can be enjoyed on the run too. The perfect breakfast.Easy buckwheat porridge process

Raw buckwheat vanilla porridge is an uber easy process – just soak the groats overnight, rinse, combine with the remaining ingredients and blend. Like overnight oats these can be flavoured any way you prefer or accordingly to what’s in the fridge. I decided almond milk with vanilla and cinnamon to be the wisest decision – I can’t get enough of this little combo. Adding the dates to the mixture thickens it a little as well as giving a fudge like flavour, so yum and I truly believe we should add dates to everything. Always looking for an excuse for a berry fix I decided to top this creamy buckwheat with British raspberries and blueberries. Yeah I know, British blueberries eh – since when did we start producing blueberries? That’s exactly what the Waitrose package said so no complaints here! I also remembered that there were still lots of blackberries on the bush behind the flat and I couldn’t resist the thought of triple berries for breakfast!Raw buckwheat + vanilla porridge

Why this is the perfect breakfast….first up, whole grain buckwheat is great for our cardiovascular system, has a positive effect on blood sugar control and is a great source of fibre. Also, it’s zero gluten, free of dairy and soy -perfect. What’s more, the added berries, nuts and almond milk make this an antioxidant and calcium rich balanced and nutritious way to start the day. Raw buckwheat porridge is so versatile and works well with any fruit, I suspect apples and bananas would be pretty special though. This recipe is great as a simple yet perfectly nutritious breakfast or a smooth nutty dessert. It’s all your choice.Raw buckwheat + vanilla porridge

Raw buckwheat + vanilla porridge

(serves 2)

2 cups raw buckwheat, soaked in water overnight
1 cup almond milk
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 dates
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup pecans

to serve:
berries
extra pecans

Method:

1. Rinse the soaked buckwheat groats with clean running water + add to the blender with the remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth.
2. Serve in glass bowls and garnish with berries + pecans.