You know, I never really understood the whole peanut butter and jelly thing. It just didn’t really seem like two things that would go together. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that being allergic to nuts meant that I had no idea what peanut butter was like. Or because being in England, I had a completely different idea about what jelly was. It took me a while to realise the whole thing was actually about jam! But since making my own free from butter, I’m obsessed with this strange combo!
I’m just going to say it… I love oats. I’m not kidding when I say that I have porridge basically every single day for breakfast; and not just in the autumn or winter, this is a year-round staple for me. I love how it keeps me feeling full all morning, and how easy it is to customise.
This is my basic go-to recipe. You can eat this as is, sprinkled with a thick layer of crunchy sugar. Or use it as a base for any fruit, toppings or spices you want to use. I like to keep it simple with some dried fruit and cinnamon, or fresh fruit and homemade compote. I love that every single bowl tastes completely different.It goes to prove that all you need is a few good basic recipes to get you started.
I used a combination of water and milk for this recipe but if you prefer then you can solely use one or the other, depending on personal preference. You can even do a straight swap for a dairy free alternative if you need to, I’ve made this recipe using coconut milk loads of times and it still turned out creamy, soft and deliciously moreish. This really is a meal for everyone!
I’ll admit, when I’m in a rush I tend to throw everything together and quickly chuck it in the microwave. But, like we all know, the best porridge is always cooked on the hob! Simmering until the oats turn thick and creamy. Then pile high with your favourite toppings. You’ll soon be loving oats as much as me!
If you had to name your most used ingredient, what would it be? For me, it’s oats. I use them all the time and have them in some form or the another pretty much every day. I love using them in little treats like flapjacks and cookies, and in snacks to power me through the day, like my tropical treats or date bites. And I love using them to make a crunchy topping for my crumble for a delicious dessert.
But, in my eyes breakfast is where this ingredient really gets a chance to shine. Whether it’s a big bowl of homemade muesli or granola; which are both guaranteed to keep you full all morning, thanks to the oats slow release energy. Or porridge, who doesn’t love porridge?! I don’t think anything can beat a warm, steaming bowl of oats on a cold winter morning. Or my newest obsession…
I’m a big fan of grab and go breakfasts. Something that you can quickly pick up before you leave the house and eat on the go. My mornings are normally so hectic, and no matter how early I wake up, I’m running around trying to do everything at the last minute. This means that – annoyingly – my breakfasts are never as good as I’d like them to be. And that’s where quick and convenient food like this comes in.
I love the simplicity of these snacks, there are only 6 ingredients and the whole recipe is so easy to follow. The end result is a bit like a soft, fruit-packed ‘healthy’ cookie. It’s filled with dried dates, cranberries and apricots – mainly because these are the flavours that remind me of the holidays. But the apricots also help to add a little less sweetness to the mixture, which I prefer in a breakfast.
Soaking the fruit in orange juice not only helps to add a citrus kick, but it also softens up the dried fruit a little so that the mixture is easier to blend. Oats are used to bind everything together; they are also a great source of fibre and energy, so they really help to power you through the day. I’ve used buckwheat – which despite the name is gluten free – because I love the slightly crunchy texture and nutty flavour it gives to the cookies. Being allergic to nuts means I’ve had to be a bit creative in order to get nutty crunches in my dishes!
These biscuits can be eaten as a quick snack or have a couple as a quick grab and go brekkie.
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