Today's recipe comes from the fabulous Drishti boutique manager / SB yoga teacher, Rachel Wilkins! Enjoy.
I don’t know about you guys, but cooler weather always gets me stoked on getting cozy and making warming, nourishing foods. Once the temperature drops and the days get shorter, I switch out my morning smoothies for a bowl of oats. Not the grey, boring, gruel kind- the kind packed with super good for you spices, chia seeds and healthy fats.
-Oats! Steel cut are dope if you have the time, but any oats will do :) Feel free to be creative and switch it up with favorite grain, like quinoa for example.
-Fresh fruit: my go-to is a banana sliced up, I love how mushy they get when cooked down and they add a nice sweetness to the dish. Not so into bananas? Try a fresh apple diced up, or a persimmon yum!
-Dried cherries: these add a nice variation of texture and serve as a sweetener.
-Almond butter: unsalted, or even salted man! I used salted by mistake the other morning, and the saltiness mixed with the other sweet components was unbelievable. Try it out!
-Spices: Spice it up with a generous pinch of cardamon, nutmeg, fresh ginger and turmeric. Yogis have been into turmeric forever for its healing, anti-oxidant & anti-inflammatory benefits, and modern science is finally catching on. I add it to almost everything, don’t be shy with the turmeric guys!
-A spoonful of sugar... jk a spoonful of raw coconut oil ;) Fats during this time of the year are grounding and hydrating. Fats also carry flavor and help enhance the spices used. One of the main compounds in turmeric is curcumin, which is best absorbed when combined with fats, so add some in and your body and your belly will thank you.
-Toppings: unsweetened coconut flakes, chia seeds and a splash of cream (coconut cream, almond milk, or whatever you have and love!).
Combine oats, fresh fruit, dried cherries, spices and coconut coconut oil in a pot. Pour in enough water to cover everything and cook on low until oats are done (usually around 10 minutes or so for traditional oats). Once cooked, put into your favorite bowl, add a scoop of almond butter and sprinkle coconut flakes and chia seeds on top + a splash of cream to cool it down. Enjoy your totally amazeballs breakfast feast!
xoxo Rachel w/ Drishti