Pink Porridge

I honestly never get bored of a good bowl of porridge! It’s pretty much my staple daily breakfast. Oats fuel you for the entire morning and give you so much energy, and chia seeds add a hit of protein. I love testing out new flavour combinations and toppings. From turmeric and banana to chocolate and berries. The possibilities are endless. The addition of fruit also means that you can keep your sweet tooth happy without adding any refined sugars. This prevents your blood sugar levels from spiking too high, giving you a more sustained source of energy.

Fun fact for you all: one cup of oats contains 25% of your daily recommended intake of phosphorus – a mineral which helps with the production of ATP (a molecule the body uses to store energy) and supports muscle recovery and growth. Pretty amazing right?!

This morning I made one of my absolute favourites. PINK porridge! It’s super simple and I hope it inspires you to spruce up your breakfast time.

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Check out that colour!

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All you need is:

  •  oats
  • chia seeds
  • frozen blackberries
  • milk (I’m in love with almond milk)
  • almond butter
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Delicious blackberries picked from the allotment!

Almond milk provides a great alternative to dairy and leaves me feeling lighter with bundles of energy.

Almond milk provides a great alternative to dairy and leaves me feeling lighter with bundles of energy.

Chia seeds provide a complete source of protein in just 2 table spoons. Perfect for replenishing and building those muscles.

Chia seeds provide a complete source of protein in just 2 table spoons. Perfect for replenishing and building those muscles.

Simply cover the base of a cereal bowl with oats and then mix in 2 table spoons of chia seeds. Once these dry ingredients are combined, pour in your milk of choice. Let the milk cover the oaty mixture completely and then leave it for around 10 minutes to soak. By giving it time to soak you allow the chia seeds to swell up creating an amazingly thick porridge.

Next, add a big handful of blackberries (or two if your eyes are bigger than you stomach like mine) and an extra splash of  milk. This is where the magic happens. Watch your superhuman potion turn pink! Your mixture should have a yoghurt like consistency like this:

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Finally, pop this all in the microwave on high for 2 minutes. The smell of this baby cooking will make your whole family jealous!

Once it’s cooked and thick in consistency stir in a spoonful of almond butter and voila!

IMG_6899If you often find yourself hungry by 10am and struggle to resist a sugary elevenses snack then I cannot recommend the power of oats in the morning enough. It’s like a big hug in a bowl, and an ideal source of slow releasing energy, especially for sports enthusiasts.

If you recreate this recipe or have any flavour combinations you swear by I would love to hear from you.

Lots of love,

Sophie x

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