I realise that compared to the average person I probably have slightly disproportionate levels of love for breakfast. And breakfast in my kitchen tends to revolve around oats. Almond milk soaked oats. I’ve sang love songs to overnight oats on this here blog more than a few times, reciting how this humble superfood fuelled me throughout my South American travels, and how even now back in London (where I could be breakfasting on handmade loaves of artisan gluten-free sourdough bread made from flour ground by the hooves of unicorns and fermented in whale tears) I choose to start every morning with a massive bowl of cold, sloppy oats.
It’s not for everyone… I tried to get my dad on the healthy breakfast bandwagon with all kinds of oat, almond milk and fruit medleys, but he couldn’t see past the apparently gruel-like texture which reminded him too much of school-dinner nightmares. It can’t be a completely man-repulsive breakfast however, as my other half is now an absolute oatmeal addict too – and this is a guy who still counts bacon among his menu options, so for oats to beat bacon there must be something good happening in that little bowl…
And it’s true – these aren’t just oats (as M&S would say in a sultry whisper). These are oats packed with all of the superfood seeds, power-house baobab powder and homemade almond and coconut milk. And this particular oatmeal recipe is also infused with spices and zesty citrus to take your breakfast experience to a WHOLE other level. Just when I thought my morning breakfast ritual couldn’t get any better, this little recipe has shown that ‘oat-no oat-no oat-no, oat-no oat-no, oat-no THERE’S NO LIMIT’ when it comes to an oatmeal breakfast.
I have to pass out for a little while now as I’m having a small oatmeal-geek-out-seisure.
SO WHY IS THIS SO GOOD FOR YOU?
If you want to read about the healthy benefits of oats then you can check out this recipe post for vegan beetroot bircher oats, which goes into it pretty extensively. Today I am going to talk about baobab.
I get my baobab from Aduna, whose products are just as gorgeous on the inside as they are on the outside – being not only amazingly beneficial for your health, but also fantastic for the producers of baobab fruit in Africa as they are strictly fair-trade and provide sustainable income sources for farmers.
Baobab is a fruit which grows on trees, then the fruit dries out and they make it into a sweet, citrussy, totally organic and natural powder. I’ve used it before for baking into carrot cake muffins, added it to smoothies, but easiest of all is to mix it in with some oats to add a little flavour and masses of Vitamin C to your humble oatmeal. Yep, just one spoon of baobab powder actually contains 33% of your daily Vitamin C needs – which we all know is the antidote to this weird spring cold bug which seems to have swept over London these past couple of weeks.
It’s also packed with antioxidants, which amongst other health-loving benefits, helps to give you that much needed morning energy boost – which is probably why my other half considers this oatmeal bowl to be the breakfast equivalent of potent narcotic. Get the baobab buzz, because it’s way cheaper and tastier than putting narcotics in your breakfast.