This is what I eat at the start of every day. I’ve tried variations and keep coming back to this mix.
In summer I was calling this tropical Hawaiian oats, because really I don’t need an excuse to think of paradise and call anything tropical Hawaiian. Oh, there’s a lily, it’s tropical Hawaiian, oh, our hibiscus are flowering, it’s time for a tropical Hawaiian arrangement…you get the picture. Anyhow, now that it is autumn in Oz, it’s no longer tropical or feeling anywhere near Hawaiian, that’s why it is named warming and wholesome…just like me!
You don’t need any dairy or fake dairy with this as the bananas make it creamy, as does the coconut. And I use all organic ingredients. You know how sometimes it’s all downhill from breakfast, at least if you’ve started the day with a filling, wholesome organic breakfast you are one third of the way there and don’t have to beat yourself up quite so much.
In regards to the oats, it’s best to choose the most natural you can find. I use unstabilized/destabilized oats. You are just looking for oats that still have rough edges and have not undergone too much processing. Quick cook are out. You might find they save you five or ten minutes but you don’t need to stand and stir unstabilized oats for the first ten minutes so you can go and do something useful like unpack and repack the dishwasher (I know that’s just what you are dying to do!).
I’ve been increasing the quantity of oats as I do sometimes forget to stop and snack in the morning, so at least with nearly a cup of oats I’m not absolutely starving when it comes to lunch time.
OK, to the goodness of oats. Well, the unstabilized variety are high in fibre, with one bowl you’ll get at least 1/4 of your daily fibre needs. Oats are also awesome as they contain a unique fibre called beta-glucan which lowers cholesterol and they are high in antioxidants. But the reason you are all here, is oats are great for weight loss because they keep you feeling fuller for longer.
Oats are made for busy mums! I’ve even taken to sharing these with the wee-one in the morning. I whack hers in the blitzer and we eat together… I’m currently working on a variation to share with the little man – harbouring under the name of chocolate oats (using cacao), but yet to devise a formula that is sweet enough for a three year old!
Feel free to chuck in a teaspoon of chia seeds or nuts when cooked.
- 1 cup plain organic oats
- 3 cups water
- big handful of organic sultanas
- big handful of organic shredded coconut
- one banana, sliced
- Mix all ingredients together in saucepan and stir.
- Place on medium heat and you can walk away for about 10 mins (it's dishwasher unpacking time!)
- After 10 mins stir and turn down to very low. Simmer for another 5 - 10 mins, although now you will need to sitr every few minutes to make sure they don't stick.
- p.s. wash out the saucepan asap otherwise it will turn to concrete!