Creamy winter oats

19 Jun Creamy winter oats

This is the perfect base recipe for creamy oats- flavoured to your liking with the addition of spices, stewed fruit, cacao, natural sweeteners and even a dollop of yoghurt.

 

I use a combination of steel-cut (oats before they are rolled) and rolled oats to create a porridge that is both thick and creamy, but still retains some texture. Steel cut oats are also less refined when compared to their rolled counterparts and thus yield a lower GI helping to keep you feeling fuller throughout the morning. Soaking the oats beforehand also helps to soften the grains (improving digestibility) but more importantly produces a thicker, creamier texture.

 

Basic winter oats
Serves 1
A simple recipe for the most creamy, nourishing oats. A 'warm hug' on a cold winter's morning.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup oats (combination of steel cut and rolled in approx. 1:1 ratio)
  2. 1/2 cup milk (of your choice) OR water
  3. Additional water for soaking
  4. Flavourings (spices, fruits, cacao, sweeteners, nuts, seeds, yoghurt...)
Instructions
  1. Soak oats overnight in enough water to cover them.
  2. In the morning, place the oats (they will have expanded) into a saucepan and cover with the milk/water. For a thick porridge you only need enough liquid to just cover the oats (as they have already absorbed significant liquid overnight).
  3. Bring the oats to the boil briefly, before turning the heat down and allowing to simmer- stirring continuously.
  4. Cook until thickened and the liquid has absorbed (around 10-15 mins).
  5. Remove from the heat and stir in flavourings. I often add a combination of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger), maca powder, cacao or even a heaped tablespoon of good quality protein powder (to boost the protein content of the meal).
  6. Spoon into bowl and top with stewed fruit, nuts, seeds, maple syrup, greek yoghurt...the sky is the limit. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Oats can be made without prior soaking- simply double the liquid.
  2. I often add a tablespoon of chia seeds or LSA meal to the oats (before soaking) for an extra nutrient punch!
  3. If you prefer your oats to be thinner consistency then simply add more liquid pre or post cooking.
Camilla Ferraro http://camillaferraro.com/