Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Better Your Breakfast - 3 Easy Ways With Oats + Giveaway

Hands up if you're sticking to your new year's resolutions still? This January has been gloomier than most and I think I can forgive you for not sticking to a juice cleanse or 6am pre-work runs but an easy January fix comes in the form of Flavahan's "Better Your Breakfast" challenge. I've put together three easy oat recipes to help start your day in a delicious way with Flavahan's new Multi Seed Porridge -  a great source of wholegrain, protein and fibre which release energy all morning and stop those Quality Streets that are somehow lingering on in the office from looking appealing at 11am. I've taken international inspiration for my three recipes (all of which are vegan too) because what else defeats the January blues but dreaming of travel, adventure and sunshine...

1. India - Chai Spiced Overnight Oats 

These take ten minutes to prepare the night before and are perfect for busy mornings - make in a tupperware and throw into your bag for an on the go breakfast. I used to love a Starbucks chai latte as a treat but this recipe has that flavour without all the sugar. The sunflower, flax, pumpkin and hempseed in the multi-seed porridge give it extra texture and flavour too.

Here's how - steep a chai teabag (I like Yogi Tea Sweet Chai) in 150ml of hot water for 7 minutes and let it cool. In a bowl mix a quarter of a cup of oats, chopped dried mango, desiccated coconut and a pinch of cinnamon and pour over the cooled tea. Pop in the fridge overnight. In the morning, add a splash of unsweetened almond milk, give a good mix and top with more dried mango and coconut.




2. Japan - Matcha Green Tea Oats

Matcha is packed with antioxidants and after my matcha tour I couldn't resist making a matcha porridge. Matcha contains a natural source of caffeine so it's perfect for sleepy mornings too. I buy my matcha in powder form in a Japanese supermarket but Teapigs sell it online if you can't track it down.

Here's how - in a large bowl mix 1/4 cup of oats, half a cup of unsweetened almond milk, a heaped teaspoon of matcha powder and a few drops of stevia (optional). Microwave for two minutes, stir and microwave for little longer depending on how thick you like your porridge. Top with dark chocolate buttons to add a little indulgence (and because dark chocolate and matcha taste amazing together).




3. USA - Blueberry and Almond Cookies

Cookies for breakfast? Oh yes. These also make a great snack and can be wrapped in foil and transported easily. The original inspiration for these comes from Blogilates.

Here's how - mash a very ripe banana in a bowl with a fork and add a cup of oats. I mixed in almonds and dried blueberries but anything goes! Bake at a medium temperature for 15 minutes, until the oats are turning golden.




Giveaway!

For your chance to win Flavahan's Multi Seed Porridge, Flavahan's Organic Porridge, Flavahan'sOriginal and a #BetterYourBreakfast mug then fill in the below form. UK only and the winner will be picked on Wednesday 27th January.

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50 comments

  1. I looove overnight oats. Never would have thought of a chai spiced version though, that's genius - now I want to try a million different tea-infused versions!

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  2. I like good old plain porridge :)

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  3. museli with greek yogurt and honey x

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  4. i like grapefruit with natural yogurt

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  5. bowl of Shreddies with a little milk

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  6. I can't choose just one. I love porridge made just with milk, or poached eggs on gluten free toast

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  7. I like frsh fruit salad for my breakfast, I tend to make a big batch that lasts the family a couple of days x

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  8. We have porridge in winter and muesli in the summer!

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  9. I love granola with mixed fresh berries x

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  10. I love porridge with a spot of honey

    Lynsey Buchanan

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  11. I love porridge with honey, banana and chopped almonds - Anna Crowley

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  12. My favourite healthy breakfast is a bit European; I like to have slices of cucumber and tomato with smoked salmon, a little bit of scrambled egg and a glass of orange juice. These oat breakfasts look great though (even though I am not a fan of 'sweet' breakfasts) I might have to try them!

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  13. pumpernickle toast & poached egg white.

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  14. Granola! Or muesli, but granola is my favourite. In the cold weather I love a bowl of porridge, either as it is, with honey or with blueberries :) (What can I say, I have a weakness for oats!)

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  15. Not wanting to sound like a complete creep, but I do actually have the microwave Flahavan's porridge in the mornings - with a sprinkle of brown sugar!!

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  16. Love flahavens organic porridge with blueberries

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  17. I usually have fruit for breakfast x

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  18. I usually eat Quakers but these sound so nice!

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  19. I love porridge with banana, have it most mornings
    Sheila R @CakeReev

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  20. I love porridge with blueberries :)

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  21. I love porridge or I use oats to make my own low sugar granola

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  22. Porridge with raspberries,a few dried apricots and a spoonful of flaxseed

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  23. my favourite is porridge made with soy milk and with mashed banana. I have it most mornings.

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  24. Either porridge or banana muffins x

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