On a cold autumnal morning, more often than not I will automatically head to the cupboard and pull out an essential ingredient that gets overused in my house in the colder months: porridge oats. A warm comforting bowl of porridge seems like the perfect way to start the day when the weather isn’t up to much outside. Don’t get me wrong, I love my smoothies and regular blog readers will know this, however the fact that they can be freezing cold does put me off them a little in the autumn.
What I love about smoothies is the convenience and speed in which you can make them. I often find myself killing two birds with one stone and drinking a nutrition packed smoothie whilst getting ready or checking my emails. If you love your smoothies, but are put off by cold breakfasts in autumn and winter then I may have come up with a solution, why not make them warm?
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 tbsps chia seeds
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/4 cup gluten free oats
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 3/4 cup water
- 1-2 tbsps maple syrup or honey
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
First mix the porridge oats and water together and cook in the microwave for a few minutes.
In the meantime pour all of the other ingredients into the blender and mix together until smooth. When the porridge is ready add to the blender and blitz to incorporate into the smoothie.
Pour into your favourite mug or glass and enjoy!
Adapted from Ren Behan
With this smoothie you get the best of both worlds: a delicious rich chocolatey smoothie and a dose of warm oats. The porridge makes the smoothie silky smooth as well as the addition of avocado. Surprisingly to most, the healthy fats from the chia seeds, coconut oil and avocado make this a very satisfying smoothie and will kick-start your day.
Hot chocolate is the perfect autumnal treat on a cold evening and I’m glad that I can now enjoy it healthily for breakfast too. Next time I might try to add some spices like chilli, chai or even some orange and mint flavourings too.
What is your favourite warm drink in the autumn? Do you have a favourite hot chocolate flavour?