This tasty porridge version came about when I was doing a project for charity called Live Below the Line and it has developed from humble beginnings into a cosy and delicious meal. When your mood is more hot chocolate and toasties than salads and green juice, you can satisfy your cravings with this hearty recipe instead of breaking your diet.
Nutritionally, there is a lot to love about this recipe – Oats are a superfood that are packed with protein and will keep you feeling fuelled for a busy day. Your two serves of fruit provide nutrients and essential carbohydrates. I like pear and banana as they go beautifully with cinnamon. Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties and is my favourite sugar free way to sweeten meals. As well as reaping all the benefits* of coconut oil by adding it to the oats, it gives it a smooth consistency without the need to add milk and infuses a sweet, delicate flavour into the oats.
- 1 cup oats
- 2 cups water
- 1- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- 1 small pear, sliced
- cinnamon to taste
Add oats and water to a saucepan and cook on low heat, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes until desired consistency is reached. (I like mine a little thicker so I keep stirring until it’s almost sticking).
Transfer to bowl and stir through 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. Taste and add more as required. Add pear (and banana if you’re extra hungry) on top and dust with cinnamon.
*For an extensive list of the health benefits of coconut oil please refer to any wellbeing blog ever written.