Anyone who visits my Instagram page (see here if you’re interested) will know I love porridge and a bowl of oats in the morning – and not just during the winter months. However, when the weather is warmer I tend to make a ‘raw’ mixture rather than a steaming hot bowl.
This is my latest favourite – a summer version that is healthy, sustaining and contributes some 2 portions of fruit to my 5-a-day target. It’s excellent if you’re watching the simple carbs but don’t want to eliminate carbs completely (favouring complex ones instead), since it offers slow-burn energy without the sugar spike! It’s great for vegetarians and if you’re vegan then choose a dairy-free yogurt alternative and it will serve you well too.
And, as the recipe title suggests, it can be made ahead for convenience, but not as long as overnight oats if you need to get your skates on!
GET-YOUR-SKATES-ON SUMMER PORRIDGE
2 apples (I used South African Pink Lady)
100 g/11/3 cups jumbo rolled oats or original porridge oats (not instant ones)
200 g/scant 1 cup fat-free Greek yogurt
7 tbsp unsweetened apple juice
50 g/2 oz pomegranate seeds
50 g/1/3 cup toasted mixed seeds
a little sugar-free syrup for drizzling (I used Sweet Freedom) – optional
- Peel, core and grate 1 pear, then grate 1 apple (no need to peel). Mix with the porridge oats, yogurt and apple juice, stirring well. Cover and leavr to soak for 15-20 minutes.
- Core and chop the remaining pear and apple and combine with the pomegranate seeds and mixed seeds.
- Share the porridge oat mixture between 4 serving bowls and top with the chopped fruit and seeds.
- Serve drizzled with a little sugar-free syrup if liked.
WLS PORTION: ½
V suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans (see intro)
CALORIES PER PORTION: 250
PROTEIN: 13 g
CARBOHYDRATE: 35.9 g
FAT: 6.2 g
Image courtesy of http://www.beautifulcountrybeautifulfruit.com