We posted on social media a couple weeks ago about the benefits of oats increasing serotonin levels. While the team at at Me-Mover Australia love oatmeal porridge, eating the same thing every morning gets boring. We like variety. We like spice. We like to jazz up our oats. So we've added a couple of recipes below for you to try.
But if you want stick with the classic porridge with a light sprinkle of raw sugar and a handful of berries or a chopped banana, that's cool too... you're still reaping the benefits!
Clean Peach Crumble
It's still summer here and one of my favourite things about summer is the abundance of fresh stone fruit, especially peaches. Seriously, they're like fat, juicy balls of goodness AND the perfect filling for this Clean Peach Crumble from Amy's Healthy Baking.
Ok, ok so we know it's supposed to be a dessert, but it also makes a perfect breakfast... Just make it ahead of time and swap out the ice cream for a dollop of Greek, natural or coconut yogurt - this bumps up the protein and probiotic benefits of the meal too... win win.
Amy says this recipe "Tastes like the epitome of summer, reminiscent of sun-kissed skin, lazy backyard barbeques, and warm starry-skied nights" and we couldn't agree more.
Serves: 9 slices
4 extra large peaches, diced (or 5-6 medium)
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 ½ tsp almond extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon, divided
¾ cup old-fashioned oats (gluten-free if necessary)
¼ cup whole wheat flour (or millet flour)
2 tbsp agave
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted (or margarine)
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, and lightly coat an 20cm square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In a medium bowl, toss together the diced peaches, cornstarch, almond extract and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon until thoroughly combined.
3. In a separate bowl, mix together the oats, flour, and remaining cinnamon. Add in the agave and butter, mixing until completely incorporated.
4. Spread the peach mixture into the prepared pan and evenly sprinkle the oat crumbs on top.
5. Bake at 180°C for 35-45 minutes, or until the peach juice is bubbling and the oat mixture turns crunchy.
6. Cool to room temperature. For best results, let the crumble rest for 2 hours after coming to room temperature before serving to allow the juices to thicken.
(The Best) Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup rolled oats (gluten-free if necessary)
1tbsp chia seeds
1tbsp maple syrup
2tbsp natural salted peanut butter
1. Add almond milk, chia seeds, peanut butter and maple syrup to a mason jar (or other container or bowl). Stir with a spoon to combine. It's OK if the peanut butter doesn't completely mix in.
2. Add the oats and stir to combine, ensuring all oats have been immersed in the almond milk.
3. Cover with a lid and place in the fridge overnight to set and soak.
4. The next day simply enjoy as is. Or you can add some extra toppings like fresh fruit, hemp seeps, LSA, cacao nibs, an extra drizzle of nut butter... whatever takes your fancy!
Tips: You can swap out the almond milk for any other milk you have on hand. Honey, agave, coconut sugar, date syrup etc also work in place of the maple syrup. Feel free to play around with the ratio of oats & chia versus liquid until you find a texture that works best for you!