porridge

Golden Choco Porridge w/ Mango Heart

1 cup oat milk
½ cup water
pinch of sea salt
½ cup rolled oats
1-2 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
½ tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp maple syrup (or ½ dropperful liquid stevia)
1 tsp coconut oil (or organic butter)
( + 1 local organic egg, if not vegan)

On top:

mango puree 
banana slices
almond flakes
raw cacao nibs
oat milk

Measure the oat milk & water into a saucepan. Bring to boil. Add the rest of the ingredients. Stir until fully combined. Cook covered on low heat for 5 mins. If using egg, stir it in. Add seasoning, if needed. Pour into a bowl and add toppings.

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Creamy Chai Oats with Cinnamon Bananas

 

Creamy Chai Oats:

Serves 2 ⠀

2 ripe bananas⠀
1 ½ cup oat milk or almond milk⠀
1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon⠀
½ tsp cardamom⠀
½ tsp ground ginger⠀
½ tsp ground nutmeg⠀
½ tsp vanilla powder⠀

1 cup rolled oats

Top with:

almonds⠀
walnuts or pecan nuts⠀
apple sauce⠀
local organic honey⠀
peanut butter⠀

Place the bananas, oat milk and spices in a blender and blend until silky smoothie. Pour the banana chai smoothie into a pot and bring to boil. Lower the heat and stir in the rolled oats. Cook the oats on a low medium heat for 5-15 minutes (depending on the oats you’re using. Check the instructions on the package) or until done. Stir every once in a while. Add more liquid, if needed. Pour into bowls and top with almonds or nuts, apple sauce, peanut butter and a drop of honey. Enjoy before bedtime. ⠀

Tip! You can also enjoy the banana chai smoothie as it is, just warm it up and leave out the rolled oats. ⠀

Pan-fried Cinnamon Fried Bananas:

2 ripe bananas⠀
1 tsp coconut oil⠀
1/2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon⠀

Peel the bananas and cut them in half and then lengthwise. Preheat a skillet over medium heat and add the oil and cinnamon. Stir to combine. Add the banana slices and fry for 2-3 mins on each side. Enjoy!

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Pink Apple Beet Oatmeal⠀

The Apple Beet purée:

3 apples, cut to pieces & cored⠀
1 small beet, peeled & cut to pieces⠀
1 tsp fresh ginger minced⠀

The Oatmeal:

1 cup oat milk⠀
1 cup water⠀
1 cup rolled oats⠀
pinch of sea salt⠀
½ tsp cardamom⠀

Prepare the puree by blending the apple cube, the beet cubes and the ginger in a blender until smooth. Set aside. Cook the oatmeal according to the instructions of the rolled oats package. Stir in ⅔ of the apple beet purée you’ve made. Taste and add more spices, if desired. Dose into serving bowls, top with some apple beet purée, peanut butter and seeds & nut crust of your choice and some oat milk. Enjoy warm.

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Oat Chia Porridge

2 cups oat milk
1 tbsp cashew butter
1 cup rolled oats
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp lemon zest

Place the oat milk and nut butter in a pot and bring to boil. Add the rolled oats and cook in low heat for 10 minutes. Take the pot from the stove and stir in the chia seeds and the lemon zest. Let thicken for a couple of minutes. Serve with fresh blueberries, nut butter and oat milk – Enjoy!

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Overnight Seed Porridge with Berries

1 cup Risenta Seed Porridge Mixture (or make your own mixture for example with rolled oats, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds and date slices)
1 cup water
1,5 cup oat milk (or almond milk)
½ tsp cardamom
pinch of sea salt
a small handful of blackberries
a small handful of blueberries
½ banana, sliced

On top:
seed butter or nut butter of your choice

*1 half-liter glass jar*

Mix the Seed porridge mixture with water, oat milk and spices in a bowl. Drop some berries and banana slices in the bottom of a glass jar. Pour the porridge mixture into the jar. Close the jar and leave it in the fridge overnight. In the morning add a bit of oat milk, if needed, top with seed butter or nut butter and enjoy!

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And so has the week before Christmas started. The perfect time to start fueling up hard core with all the lovely christmas flavors, spices and Holiday treats and taking the Christmas in with all your cells and taste buds. Showering with cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, anise and ginger. Living the Christmas to the fullest! Like they say. Or like I say, at least.

Although I have a strong tendency to flip into the Christmas insanity, my passion is mainly focused on the food & the mood, not so much on the material stuff. Well okay, I have installed a small set of fairy lights (aprox. 8 meters long) on the balcony and a humble (only a half meter big) star on the window, but otherwise I mainly believe in peace & love kind of Christmas. Because when you just stop, breathe deep and be present then you are in the very essence of Christmas.

And it is just so much more romantic just to burn candles and enjoy small dishes and treats with christmas flavors all around the christmas time than to go bonkers with decoration and to stress over huge Holiday dinners that take insanely long time to prepare. 

“You get the most beautiful Christmas by returning back to basics: To the simple and tasty food that makes you feel good and to small handmade ornaments and gifts that touch the heart.”  Like we say in our new Christmas book that I made with my ever-so-lovely friend Riikka Kantinkoski. The book is all about a low-key Christmas with easy, natural and rustic interior ideas and healthy (gluten-free, dairy-free, naturally sweetened and mainly vegan) recipes for the Holidays and for the whole winter time. The book, called Joulukirja (“The Christmas book”) came out a few weeks ago and I’m super proud of it. Go check it out, if you happen to be in Finland and hang around bookstores!

The Gingerbread Porridge in this post didn’t make it into the book, but it most certainly would have if I just would have came up with it a bit earlier than last week. But hey, luckily I can share it with you guys now!

I got to use lovely Gluten-free & Deluxe products of Lidl in it, for example Gluten-free Rolled Oats, Walnut oil, Dates and Clove & Cardamom Mills. Those spice mills are especially my favorites because you can just go ahead and grind lovely christmas flavors on just about everything with them! On your porridge, on stews and casseroles, on cakes and other treats – or even on your cranky neighbour that needs to get into Christmas mood.

…I bet Lidl wouldn’t sign the last recommendation for use, but you get my permission.

Or even better, go ahead and prepare this Gingerbread oatmeal to the Grinch of your life and I bet you’ll see a warm light start shining through his/her eyes. I mean, this stuff really brings the Christmas. 

Be good, my friend & eat a lot of porridge.

V

(In collaboration with LIDL)

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Serves 4

2 cups oat milk

2 cups water

1 1⁄4 cups gluten-free oatmeal

1 ½ tsp gingerbread spice mix

pinch of sea salt

3 fresh dates

1 tbsp walnut oil (or almond butter)

Top with:

apple bites

crushed walnuts or almond flakes

ceylon cinnamon

crushed clove

crushed cardamom

ginger bread pieces

raw organic honey or maple syrup or coconut syrup

oat milk

Pour the oat milk and the water into a pan and bring to a boil. Add oatmeal, salt and spices. Chop the dates into small pieces and put on the pan. Cook in a medium heat for 5-7 minutes until the porridge is cooked. Stir in the walnut oil or almond butter.

Dose the porridge into serving bowls. Top with apple pieces, crushed ginger breads and almond flakes. Sprinkle on the spices and add a drop of honey or syrup. Pour some oat milk on, if you like. Serve and enjoy!

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Gluten-free & vegan

Serves two

Porridge:

  • ½ cup pureed sweet potato (about 1 small sweet potato)
  • 2 cups oat milk (or for example almond milk)
  • 1 ½ cup gluten-free rolled oats (preferably jumbo-sized)
  • 1 tsp ceylon cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp cardamom
  • A pinch of sea salt

On top:

  • Crushed pecan nuts
  • Maple syrup (or organic local honey)
  • Ceylon cinnamon

Make the sweet potato puree: Peel the sweet potato and cut into small chunks. Steam until soft. Place the chunks to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the oat milk and the sweet potato puree into a pot, bring up the heat and whip until mixed. Add spices and rolled oats. Cook for about 5 to 10 minutes, depending of the type of oats used. Serve with crushed pecan nuts, cinnamon and maple syrup. Enjoy!

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1 big or 2 small persimmons (remove skin if not organic)

½ avocado

2 tbls chia seeds

2 tbls pumpkin seeds

2 tbls almond butter (unsweetened)

1 tbls hemp protein powder

1 cup coconut water or oat milk or other liquid desired

1 tsp ceylon cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg

On top:
sliced persimmon
cinnamon & nutmeg
seeds

Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth. Add as much liquid as you need to get the consistency you want. Check the taste and add some spices if desired. Pour in bowls and add toppings. Serve and enjoy!

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Porridge:

  • 2 cups oat milk (or other dairy free milk)
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk
  • 1 cup oat meal
  • 1 sliced ripe banana
  • ¼ tsp cardamom
  • ½ tsp vanilla seeds or vanilla powder
  • 2 tsp almond butter

Licorice jam:

  • 1 cup oat milk
  • 4 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp grated licorice root extract stick or black licorice root powder
  • 1-2 tbsp of liquid organic honey
  • a pinch of vanilla powder /vanilla seeds

Place oats and oat milk in pan, stir well. Bring to the boil and stir. Add cardamom, vanilla and almond butter. Boil for 2-5 minutes until oats are thick and creamy. Prepare the licorice jam.

Pour the oat milk in a small bowl and stir in the chia seeds. Let sit for about 10 minutes. Stir in the honey and licorice root powder. Stir and let the liquorice powder melt into the mixture.

Pour porridge into bowl. Top with licorice jam. Serve and enjoy!

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  • 1 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp of chia-seeds (optional)
  • 1 ¼ cups almond milk (or for example oat milk or rice milk)
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened smooth almond or nut butter of your taste
  • 1 tbsp organic honey or coconut syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla powder / vanilla seeds
  • ½ tsp of Ceylon cinnamon
  • On top: banana slices

 

Pour all other ingredients except the banana into a jar and stir carefully with a spoon. Close the lid and leave the mixture to sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning top with banana slices and enjoy your lovely breakfast!

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