This Rose Infused Oatmeal is another porridge favourite. Infusing the liquid makes oats so much more flavourful, meaning you generally use less sweetener to add flavour. A friend recommended this to me and I haven’t looked back since!
The oats don’t have to be soaked if you’re really in a rush but I’d highly encourage it, in order to release the most nutrients from the oats, make them more bioavailable to you and shorten cooking time. Healthy eating relies heavily on preparation so we don’t end up grabbing the first thing off the shelf in a hurry that perhaps wouldn’t be our first choice for nutrition.
Bee pollen might seem like a random ingredient if you haven’t embraced it yet. It adds a sweet, flowery flavour without being overpowering and is packed full of protein. I’ve managed to find it in most health food shops, so keep an eye of for this wonderful superfood!
Serves 1/Prep & cook: 15 Minutes + soaking overnight
1/2 cup (50g) Gluten free oats, soaked overnight (rolled work fine but steel cut if possible)
250ml Filtered water or coconut milk (homemade)
Small handful almonds, chopped (preferably activated)
1 tbsp Pumpkin Seeds (preferably activated)
1 Rose flavour teabag
1/8 tsp Cardamon Powder (organic)
1/4-1/2 tsp Stevia (pure, unrefined, not a sugar blend)
1 tsp Desiccated Coconut
1 tsp Bee pollen
1/2 tsp Chia seeds
1/2 tsp Beetroot Powder (for the pink colour)
Heat 225ml filtered water or coconut milk in a pan until just below boiling temperature, then add a rose tea bag and reduce to a low heat and simmer with the lid on the pan for 5-6 minutes. Coconut milk will provide a creamier porridge but water works well too.
Remove and compost the teabag then add the oats, stirring so they are evenly covered in the milk/water.
Simmer for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding the remaining liquid so it doesn’t reduce too much and stick to the pan.
Add the nuts, seeds, cardamon powder and stevia to the pan, followed by desiccated coconut and beetroot powder if using and mix until combined.
I like to have the seeds and nuts crunchy, so would take it off the heat here. If you want them softened a little, simmer for another couple of minutes, ensuring you add a little more liquid if needed.
Serve with a sprinkle of bee pollen and chia seeds
If you like this recipe, try Chai Porridge too! What are your favourite porridge add-ins? Share in the comments!