This bowl of soft oats infused with berry pie filling was brought to you by late night hunger pangs, and an empty cupboard.
It was close to bed time on a Monday night, and I knew I wasn’t about to greet my duvet before putting something nourishing in my belly. When it comes to before-bed noshing, oats are one of my favourite things to pile into my belly. The warm inviting pot simmering on the stove, wafts of cinnamon and banana seem to provoke just the right amount of sleepiness to get you into the zone.
While enjoyed as a satisfying dessert, this bowl of oats serves its purpose well as a growling-belly breakfast. Because of the natural sweetness of ripe banana and berries, all I added was a drop of maple syrup and cinnamon to pull it together as that dessert-in-a-bowl breakfast you crave.
- Oats are great (high in magnesium, complex carbohydrates to keep you full and fibre to keep blood sugar steady and elimination on point) but soaked oats are better-
- Soaking oats overnight removes a portion of the grains anti-nutrients that get in the way of your body’s assimilation of important minerals like zinc, magnesium and iron. It also makes them easier to digest and obtain nutrients!
- Berries are low in calories and sugar, but high in fiber and are the queens of nutrition thanks to their ability to fight cancer, improve memory, decrease risk of heart disease and diabetes (to name a few)
Nutritionally packed oats, with the distinct flavour of biting into a juicy berry pie. Dessert for breakfast!
1 cup of gluten free rolled oats
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 1/4 cup mixed frozen berries
splash of fresh orange juice
1 1/2 ripe banana, mashed
1/2 cup water
- The night before: soak your oats in plenty of water, with your lemon juice or other acid medium.
- The morning of: Rinse and strain oats. In a small sauce pan on medium, heat up berries and orange juice until bubbling. Simmer for 2-3 more minutes until berries are hot and liquid has been released.Set aside.
- In another small sauce pan, combine mashed bananas, oats, water, salt and cinnamon. Stir and cook on low for 5-7 minutes, until oats are nice and tender to your liking. Stir in berries.
- Serve right away with toppings, or store in a jar for later.