My naturopath told me a number of years ago that eating whole grains (heavy on the bran) is important at breakfast time. She was right. Eating hot cereals and putting bran in my smoothies really helps to get my digestive system in gear for the day ahead and keeps me regular.
Before going vegan, I enjoyed hot porridge with cream cooked in, a few raisins and cinnamon in my bowl topped with cold milk and brown sugar. I wondered what I would do without the dairy…the answer is that I would experiment and make lots of delicious porridge combinations that I never would have tried otherwise! Oh and I still love the cinnamon raisin or cinnamon apple combos just to be clear…these are just some other ideas to keep things interesting!
I sometimes use regular just plain oats in my porridge but also use mixes with flax, bran, and other grains sometimes as well. Just depends what I bought at the store! For these combinations I’ll start the oats and throw the other ingredients in as I grab them out if the cupboard…as long as everything is hot you should be good to go!
Favorite combo 1:
Sweet potato pie
The day or two before: roast a yam or sweet potato (or two) whole in the oven until very tender inside at 350 ish. They need to be very soft. You can alternatively peel, chop and steam them in a pinch but I like the roasted flavour.
Start your oats. (I use water or a water-nut milk mixture for liquid).
Your soft roasted sweet potato flesh
A pinch of ground cinnamon
A pinch of ground all spice
A pinch of ground ginger
A pinch of ground nutmeg
A little salt
A dab of honey or agave syrup or maple syrup or brown rice syrup (or you can drizzle this on top afterward which is what I like to do)
Voila! A very hearty and delicious breaky!
Favorite combo 2:
Start your oats!
Chopped dates (1/2 cup-ish)
Shaved or shredded coconut
A pinch of salt (don’t need to add salt if your walnuts are salted)
Done! So easy! So tastey!
Favorite combo 3:
Start your oats!
Add a handful of pure dark chocolate chips
A Dash of vanilla
Shredded or shaved coconut
1 banana sliced up
A pinch of salt
This one tastes like chocolate pudding. You will feel so guilty eating it because you won’t believe that breakfast should be that nummy. Mmmm I’m drooling just writing about it.
This list could go on forever but those are my favs. I’ve been meaning to try a banana nut version with walnuts, and I thought about doing a peanut butter combo too. Will test and get back to you.
So hungry for breaky now!