Real balanced food: Creamy hot chocolatey oats

Hot chocolatey oats recipe, A life lead simply

I have always had a fascination with oats. How can such a simple grain turn into something so luscious and creamy by just adding boiling water? Mind blowing! In our house, the kids love oats. They call it “Hessie pap” after my Grandmother, their Great-grandmother, Ouma Hessie, because that is what she eats every single morning. Except when my kids are with her, then there is none left for her! They love it, it is easy to make, and even when you don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, or don’t have any ingredients on hand, simply cooking the oats in water then adding a splash of milk for service is enough to turn this humble grain into a breakfast fit for a king. Well, almost.

Oats can be counted among the healthiest grains on earth. What makes them great? To start with they are dirt cheap, and hugely versatile. They are mostly gluten-free (although cross-contamination can occur if they are processed in a facility that also processes wheat, barley and rye) , a wonderful source of vitamins, fiber and antioxidants, which makes them very beneficial for your health. Making oats part of a healthy and balanced diet has also been linked to weight loss, decreased blood sugar levels and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. It keeps you full for long, especially when combined with full fat yogurt, cream, milk, nuts or a good-quality vegan protein powder.

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I love playing around in the kitchen, and my main aim (usually) is to pump as much nutrition into any food or dish so that every bite that my family takes contributes to their health and wellbeing. My chocolate oats is no different. I add a big scoop of good quality protein (we love Wazoogles) and a big scoop organic cacao (Health Collection has an awesome assortment, we especially love the maca and hemp cacao) for the added antioxidants. I also add banana slices while cooking the oats, which makes the banana break down a bit and helps with the sweetness. Top with nuts, more banana, a drizzle of honey and some Greek yogurt and you are in for a treat! If you want to give them a try, here is the recipe:

Hot chocolatey oats

Esrida Brits | 4 July 2019

  • prep time: 5 min
  • cook time: 5 min
  • total time: 10 min

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats (180g of oats)
  • 3 cups filtered water (750ml)
  • 1 cup milk of choice (250ml) [we use full cream dairy milk] {you might need more milk after the oats has cooked since they are greedy suckers that slurps up all liquid}
  • 2 over-ripe bananas (you can mush them a bit if you like, I add them sliced) plus 1 banana for serving
  • 1 big scoop protein powder (Wazoogles for us, but you can leave out) [about 30ml protein powder]
  • 1 big scoop organic cacao powder (Health Connection for us)
  • 1 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • sweetener of choice, as desired [honey for us]
  • nuts for serving

Instructions:

  1. Combine all of the listed ingredients except the sweetner and nuts, and cook, uncovered, over medium-high heat for 5 minutes. When it starts to bubble, stir occasionally. Remove once creamy. Sweeten as desired. Serve with extra slices of banana, honey drizzle and nuts
Hot chocolatey oats, A life lead simply