Did you feel that delightful sunshine yesterday? Winter is still stubbornly clinging on to February but there is no denying that Spring is on the horizon. As much as I love cold weather, I can hardly wait for the new season; I feel it’s going to be de-lightful!
But winter is so little appreciated in these Northern parts, and wrongly so. I associate the colder months with rich, creamy comfort foods – and don’t we all like those? So when you wake up tomorrow and feel a chilly draft sneaking in from beneath the front door; and the sun hasn’t quite poked its nose over the horizon; before you hit that snooze button for “five more minutes”, get yourself out of bed and have a bowl of creamy, oozy coconut chia porridge while you listen to the quiet world outside. My favourite time of the day.
150ml (light*) coconut milk
30g porridge oats
1/2 tsp stevia (or agave syrup, if you don’t have stevia)
1tbsp chia seeds
a few drops of vanilla extract (optional)
Soak the oats overnight in water. In the morning heat up the coconut milk in a small saucepan – do not let it boil. Add the porridge oats, stirring continuously and slowly. Add some sweetener if you want to, and the vanilla extract. Add the chia seeds, stir for a few more minutes and serve warm.
*I calculated the nutritional information based on light coconut milk; you’ll have considerably more calories if you use full-fat coconut milk because, obviously, it contains a lot more fat. But if you want your porridge extra creamy… well, you know what to do.
One serving contains 491 calories, 28.79g fat, no cholesterol, 45g carbohydrates, 8.5g fiber, 3.15g sugars and 10.29g protein.
And if you’re feeling fancy… bring out the coconut shells!