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WEEKEND CHILLS + THREE EVERYDAY OATMEALS

WEEKEND CHILLS - THREE EVERYDAY OATMEALS Last week the weather suddenly turned cold and I got to dig out my scarf and the extra blankets for our winter time bed. With the slew of extra warm woollens weighing us down in the morning, it’s become that much harder to muster ourselves out of bed. Naturally, the thought of a herbal latte and a warm breakfast are often my only motivation to tear back the heavy blankets and get on with my day. With the air now chilly, I no longer crave colder breakfasts like overnight oats, or smoothies, but hearty and nourishing bowls that warm my hands, stomach, and soul…breakfasts like oatmeal!

Oatmeal has long been a childhood favourite of mine, although growing up it was non-glamorously referred to as ‘mush’. While I sometimes get in a oatmeal rut (and I don’t mean the fact I’ve had it like everyday this week), I’ve been going out of my way to liven up the old classic combo of cinnamon, maple, and apple, with some new twists.

Firstly, I discovered last week that I could make a version of caramel sauce that was healthy and involved no cooking, which was basically an oatmeal miracle. I’ve been drizzling this caramel on my oats as well as using it as a dip for fruit like apples and bananas. Next experiment is trying it on pancakes!

Secondly, I’ve been really into my ayurvedic book, so I’ve been using some ayurvedic principles in my morning routine which have lended some new ideas and flavour combinations.

And thirdly, I’ve discovered that if I like something in latte form, it will make great oatmeal. Cue chai oatmeal, gingerbread oatmeal, and even Golden milk oatmeal (see below!)

Enjoy and have a lovely, safe, and warm weekend, friends!

WEEKEND CHILLS - THREE EVERYDAY OATMEALS WEEKEND CHILLS + THREE EVERYDAY OATMEALS Ayurvedic cooking has always been something I’ve found fascinating, but it wasn’t until I received a book on it that I began to practice it more often. This oatmeal focuses on traditional Ayurvedic principles with warming spices, natural sweeteners, and the addition of “healthy” fat (traditionally ghee) which are all great to balance my dominant Vata. What’s your dosha? Find out here.

Ayurvedic Oats

Serves 1. Print it Here

1/2 tsp. Coconut Oil
1/2 Cup Rolled Oats
1/2 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Nut Milk
Pinch of Sea Salt
1/16 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
A Pinch of Nutmeg
A Pinch of Garam Masala
1/8 tsp. Orange Zest
1 Medjool Date, Chopped

Garnish:
Ground Flax
Almonds
Chopped Dates or Dried Cranberries
Nut Milk

  1. Heat a small pot to medium and add the coconut oil. Once the oil is warm, add the oats and stir until they become fragrant. It will smell a little like popcorn. Next add the milk, water, salt, spices, zest, and dates. Simmer this mixture for 5-7 minutes, stirring often, until the oats are cooked through.Serve with more milk and plenty of garnish.

WEEKEND CHILLS + THREE EVERYDAY OATMEALS I’ve always wanted to go to the all-oatmeal cafe, Grod, in Copenhagen (whos cookbook was shot my another former VK intern). It’s there that I first saw the idea of adding caramel to oatmeal. Amazing!!! While this is not a true caramel sauce, the consistency and flavour is uncanny. You may want to make extra caramel sauce to eat with a mid day apple snack, it’s so highly addictive.

Nordic Oats with Maca Caramel

Serves 2. Print it Here

2/3 Cup Oats
2/3 Cup Water
2/3 Cup Nut Milk (I used Cashew)
A Pinch Sea Salt
1/8 tsp Cardamom
1/8 tsp Cinnamon
2 Tbsp. Raisins

Garnish:
Apple Slices
Pomegranate Seeds
Ground Flax
Almond or Pumpkin Seeds
Maca Caramel

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a pot and bring the mixture to a boil. Once it boils, turn it down and let simmer for 5-7 minute, stirring often, or until the oats are cooked.Divide the oatmeal between two bowls and garnish with ground flax, almonds, berries or pomegranates, and apple slices. Finally, drizzle the oats with the caramel sauce and serve with milk.

Maca Caramel

2 Tbsp. Cashew Butter (or Almond Butter)
2 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
Splash Vanilla
1 tsp. Maca Powder
Water as needed

  1. In a medium bowl combine the nut butter, maple syrup, vanilla, and maca. With a little whisk, stir to combine. Add a tiny bit of water a drop at a time until a pourable mixture is achieved. The final product will be super shiny and silky smooth.

WEEKEND CHILLS - THREE EVERYDAY OATMEALS We can’t have a post without an ‘it’ ingredient and since I’m pretty sure I’ve used up my tahini quota for the year, I might as well share these surprisingly tasty Turmeric oats. To be honest, you’ll hardly notice the earthy flavour of the spice because you’ll be more into the creaminess of these oats. It’s amazing how the addition of just a little nut butter makes them extra luxurious.

Creamy Turmeric Oats

Serves 1. Print it Here
1/2 Cup Oats
1 Cup Water (or half nut milk, half water)
1 tsp. Cashew Butter (or almond butter)
1 tsp. Maple Syrup
1/8 tsp. Ground Turmeric
A Pinch of Sea Salt
A Pinch of Ginger
A tiny Pinch of Black Pepper

Garnish:
Fresh or Frozen Berries
Granola

  1. Combine oats, water, cashew butter, maple syrup, spices and salt in a small pot. Bring the oatmeal to a simmer and let cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring often, until soft. Serve with more milk and fruit.
WEEKEND CHILLS + THREE EVERYDAY OATMEALS
xox Sophie

16 Comments

  • Reply
    Maisy
    November 21, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Oh I love all these oatmeal variations 🙂 Not to mention your interior décor!

    *Maisy

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      sophamac@gmail.com
      November 22, 2016 at 11:30 pm

      Oh, thank you so much, Maisy! You’re too kind <3 xox

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    Tuulia Talvio
    November 21, 2016 at 9:10 am

    That maca caramel sounds so delicious that I have to make it asap!!

    • Reply
      sophamac@gmail.com
      November 22, 2016 at 11:33 pm

      I hope you enjoy it, Tuulia! I’ve been loving it 🙂

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    Tori//Gringalicious.com
    November 21, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Oh yes! These all sound like amazingly delicious and healthy ways to start off the day. I have to say the first one really caught my eye though, YUM!

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      sophamac@gmail.com
      November 22, 2016 at 11:36 pm

      Isn’t oatmeal the best! I find it so comforting on my stomach in the morning. I’m so happy you like the posts! The fist photo is the Nordic oats, and probably my favourite one too 🙂

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    Sarah | Well and Full
    November 21, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Hi Sophie!! I would love to know the Ayurvedic book you are reading, can you send me a link? 🙂

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    Christine // my natural kitchen
    November 21, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    All of these sound delightful but I’m especially into the maca caramel (must make now!) and these golden oats. I’ve been really into Ayurveda for awhile now, I just find it so fascinating. These pics just have such a bright yet cozy vibe, I love it all!

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      sophamac@gmail.com
      November 22, 2016 at 11:40 pm

      Thank you so much, Christine! I’m so pleased to hear you like the post. The maca caramel is good stuff for real. I’ve nearly gone through a whole jar of cashew butter making it. Enjoy, friend!

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    Maya | Spice + Sprout
    November 22, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    I love these different combinations! As someone who eats oats every. single. morning. I am always looking for new inspirations. I love the cozy vibes going on in your photos 🙂

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      sophamac@gmail.com
      November 22, 2016 at 11:50 pm

      Awe, shucks! Thanks, Maya! I’m glad I could bring you some inspiration! Also, I’m so happy you like my cozy little home <3 xox Sophie

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    Ashlae
    November 23, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    You’ve created such a dreamy breakfast situation, lady. Particularly intrigued by that maca caramel (!!!!!) and those turmeric oats. Ordering that Ayurvedic book NOW. <3

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      sophamac@gmail.com
      November 30, 2016 at 3:25 am

      Awe, thanks buddy! Seriously, that caramel is life <3

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    Jessica @ Nourished by Nutrition
    November 23, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Sophie! Each one of these looks absolutely wonderful. The only problem I’m having it deciding which one to make first! Sending you all the cozy vibes. xx Jess

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      sophamac@gmail.com
      November 30, 2016 at 2:52 am

      Awe, you’re too sweet, Jessica!! You can’t go wrong, they’re all super tasty (especially that caramel tho!!)

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