Do oats make a regular appearance on your family table? If not, I encourage you to welcome this nutritious grain into your family meal plan.
Oats are a nutritious whole grain, brimming with minerals like phosphorus, magnesium, iron and zinc as well as B vitamins, all of which are super important for growing bodies and minds. Oats have fibre to promote digestive regularity, regulate blood sugar and cholesterol PLUS feed the good bugs in our digestive tracts. They are incredibly energising and satisfying, preventing you and your kids from reaching for that unhealthy mid-morning snack. The benefits are endless but most importantly, oats are darned delicious. Here, I show you how to perk up your usual oatmeal with cardamom and cinnamon for added excitement, health and flavour. Cardamom has anti-cancer, digestion boosting, anti-bacterial and anti-nausea effects and cinnamon, in addition to having a host of other benefits, is a potent stabiliser of blood sugar.
1 adult and 1 toddler serving
1/2 cup whole grain rolled oats
1 1/2 cups milk of choice (we love almond milk)
1-2 cardamom pods lightly smashed to expose the aromatic seeds
Large pinch salt
2 teaspoons almond or your favourite nut butter
Maple syrup for drizzling
Handful berries of choice
Pinch cinnamon, preferably the Ceylon variety
Bring the oats, milk, cardamom and salt to a gentle boil.
Reduce the heat to a low simmer and cook the oats until creamy, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
Remove the cardamom pods, ladle into bowls, top with a teaspoon of almond butter, a drizzle of maple syrup, berries and a sprinkling of cinnamon. Stir well and enjoy.