30 Apr Chocolatey oats for suhoor
Oats are a thing of beauty. They are rich in fibre, iron and minerals such as zinc and magnesium, all of which are crucial for maintaining bodily health. When soaked, oats release a compound called beta-glucan which is a type of soluble fibre that slows down how much carbohydrate is absorbed into the bloodstream. This slow process provides longer, slow releasing energy, preventing spikes in blood glucose levels and insulin, and preventing the production and storage of excess fat. Beta-glucan also contributes to a health functioning immune system, enhancing its response to infection and bad bacteria. Oats also relaxes blood vessels, keeping the heart healthy. Additionally, oats are naturally gluten free but can be contaminated during the milling process.
Recipe for the deliciously chocolatey, creamy almond buttery goodness:
- two heaped tablespoons of Nairns porridge oats
- one level tablespoon of cacao powder
- one heaped tablespoon of ground flax seeds
- half a cup of water
- one cup of oat milk
- half a teaspoon of cinnamon
- blueberry chia jam
- one tablespoon of coconut yogurt (I use the COYO brand)
- Pip and Nut smooth almond butter
- maple syrup (to taste)
- Pop the oats, cacao powder, flax seeds, water, oat milk and cinnamon into a pan and cook on the stove on low heat, and stir gently until all the ingredients have combined.
- Once the mixture starts bubbling after a few minutes, the oats will have started to thicken; keep stirring until you get a creamy consistency. It should not be so thick that it sticks to the spoon, and it should not be watery.
- Pour mixture into a bowl and add all the toppings: jam, all the almond butter in the world, a dollop of coconut yogurt and a drizzle of maple syrup.
- Bismillah and enjoy 🙂
This recipe is perfect for Ramadan because it is filled with fibre that will keep you feeling satiated for longer and it is so scrumptious. Sliced bananas, raisins, cacao nibs, pumpkin seeds and peanut butter also work as delicious toppings. You can also mix all the ingredients (EXCEPT the flax seeds and toppings) and leave it in the fridge, and just add the flax seeds and warm it up for suhoor. The mix won’t thicken while its stored in the fridge due to the amount of oat milk used.
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26 Grains by Alex Hely-Hutchinson