Greenyilicious Oatmeal

GREENYILICIOUS OATMEAL (with accompanying video recipe HERE or see below for an embedded video!)

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Ingredients:

Suggested Toppings:

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Method:

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the greenyilicious oatmeal in a pan until the mixture is smooth and free of lumps.
  2. Cook the oatmeal on a medium-low heat until the milk no longer separates from the oats, when stirring with a wooden spoon, and the desired consistency is reached. (Note: Some people like to add in the mashed banana after cooking but I do this before cooking; it’s completely up to you!)
  3. Carefully remove the oats from the hob and allow to cool for a few minutes whilst you prepare the toppings/ wash the fruit.
  4. Pour the oatmeal into a breakfast bowl and smooth out the top, using the back of a spoon.
  5. Sprinkle with your desired toppings & ENJOY!

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Choco-Coconut ‘Bounty’ Oatmeal

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Ingredients:

Toppings:

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Method:

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the choco-coconut oatmeal in a pan until the mixture is smooth and free of lumps.
  2. Cook the oatmeal on a medium-low heat until the milk no longer separates from the oats, when stirring with a wooden spoon, and the desired consistency is reached. (Note: Some people like to add in the mashed banana after cooking but I do this before cooking; it’s completely up to you!)
  3. Carefully remove the oats from the hob and allow to cool for a few minutes whilst you prepare the toppings/ wash the fruit.
  4. Pour the oatmeal into a breakfast bowl and smooth out the top, using the back of a spoon.
  5. Sprinkle with your desired toppings & ENJOY!

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Choco-Orange ‘Jaffa’ Oatmeal

CHOCO-ORANGE ‘JAFFA’ OATMEAL

Get both chocolately and zesty with this delicious breakfast bowl of oatmeal! So quick and easy to make – there’s no excuse not to cook up a storm.


Ingredients

40g jumbo rolled oats

1 ripe banana, mashed

1 sachet STRIPPD Vegan Chocolate Protein Blend

2-3tbsp Aduna Super Cacao Powder

Juice of 2 large organic oranges

250ml plant-based milk e.g. unsweetened almond, coconut, soya (I use Alpro Unsweetened Almond milk)

Method:

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the oatmeal in a cooking pots until the mixture is smooth and free of lumps.
  2. Cook the oatmeal on a medium-low heat until the milk no longer separates from the oats, when stirring with a wooden spoon, and the desired consistency is reached. (Note: Some people like to add in the mashed banana after cooking but I do this before cooking; it’s completely up to you!)
  3. Carefully remove the oatmeal from the hob and allow to cool for a few minutes whilst you prepare the toppings/ wash the fruit.
  4. Pour the chocolate oatmeal into a breakfast bowl and smooth out the top, using the back of a spoon.
  5. Sprinkle with your desired toppings & ENJOY!


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Sweet Matcha Oatmeal

  

Ingredients


50g jumbo rolled oats

1 ripe banana, mashed

250ml plant-based milk e.g. almond, coconut

2g VitaLife Matcha Powder (use code MINDFUL16 for 5% off your entire order)

1tsp moringa (can be omitted)

Squeeze of liquid sweetener e.g. rice syrup, date syrup (to taste)

 Suggested toppings:

Sliced fruit e.g. bananas, strawberries

Dollop of peanut butter

Square of vegan chocolate

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Method:

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the matcha oatmeal in a pan until the mixture is smooth and free of lumps.
  2. Cook the oatmeal on a medium-low heat until the milk no longer separates from the oats, when stirring with a wooden spoon, and the desired consistency is reached. (Note: Some people like to add in the mashed banana after cooking but I do this before cooking; it’s completely up to you!)
  3. Carefully remove the oats from the hob and allow to cool for a few minutes whilst you prepare the toppings/ wash the fruit.
  4. Pour the oatmeal into a breakfast bowl and smooth out the top, using the back of a spoon.
  5. Sprinkle with your desired toppings & ENJOY!

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Warming Chia Oatmeal

When Primal Snack Box approached me asking to write a paleo-friendly blog post, I thought “what better than a warming oatmeal recipe!?”…

It’s that time of the year again when the days are becoming shorter, afternoons are getting darker and all you feel like doing is snuggling up on the sofa in front of the fire with a mug of hot chocolate to watch Christmas films! To help you feel toasty and warm this winter, I’ve adapted a recipe from Organic Burst’s Chia Recipe Book and oh my lord it’s simply divine if I may so myself ❤

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Sprouted Oats Breakfast Parfait

In conjunction with Organic September, Planet Organic have asked various British bloggers – including me – to create an organic recipe using one of their newest products, Sprouted Oats. Now, you might be thinking “What on Earth are SPROUTED OATS?” and so I’m here to demystify this seemingly bizarre ingredient for you!

Nuts, grains, beans and seeds are some of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet; however, in the modern-day, we are constantly discovering that foods like these can cause upset stomachs for others. These types of foods are difficult to digest In their dormant form, and other ‘trigger’ foods can extend to glutenous products, processed foods, certain oils… The list is, unfortunately, endless! Therefore, to assist those with Coeliac Disease or other sensitivities, Planet Organic sprout their oats, turning sleepy seeds into activated super foods, bursting with vitality and easily digested nutrients.

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Having had the chance to experiment around with Planet Organic’s new product, I’d like to share with you my favourite recipe using their 100% Sprouted Rolled Naked Oats! Other ideas using this ingredient are: simply use in place of regular oats for oatmeal/ smoothies; and in raw bread, crackers and cakes; as well as add to cereal for a different texture. It’s totally versatile so happy experimenting 🙂


SPROUTED OATS BREAKFAST PARFAIT

Ingredients for the oatmeal:

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Method:

  1. Cook your oatmeal by boiling the Raw Sprouted Naked Oats in 2 cups of water until the water is fully soaked in.
  2. Once the oats are boiled, pour 1/3 of the oatmeal into a blender (or use a handheld blender), and blend with the dates, banana and cinnamon. Pour into the bottom of a jar. (I added a layer of granola at the very bottom of my jar stage purely for presentation purposes).
  3. Next, blend another 1/3 of the oatmeal with the berries and pitaya. You can blend until smooth, but I like to blend just a little bit so that some of the fruit pieces remain chunky. Layer on top of the date-banana layer.
  4. Pour the rest of the oats into a bowl and mix it with 1tbsp Creative Nature cacao powder until your oats are chocolatey. Add more cacao if you want them even creamier. Layer on top of the pink oats.
  5. Top the chocolate oats with any toppings such as fresh fruit, Creative Nature cocoa nibs etc.
  6. Decorate with desired toppings & ENJOY!

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Tossed Review

When the lovely people at Tossed messaged me, inviting me to review their food, I couldn’t turn down that offer! I was so excited to make my way to their store in Baker Street (yes the road where Sherlock Holmes ‘lives’!) as I’ve been meaning to stop by for ages, and this gave me the perfect excuse to kick my ass into gear and finally find out what everyone on social media is raving about – and I wasn’t disappointed, oh no!

Tossed pride themselves as having a simple mission: to create a new, healthy and exciting food experience, that doesn’t compromise on taste or portion size, for the UK market. They believe that healthy eating isn’t – and shouldn’t be – boring. To them, it’s about following a balanced diet that includes lots of fresh vegetables, lean protein, low GI carbs and the occasional treat as a reward!

By keeping food simple, fresh and natural, you can eat to your heart’s content.

At Tossed, you can create your own lunchtime masterpiece using their extensive range of fresh, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Alternatively, like me, you can opt for one of their signature house salads, wraps, toasties, soups, pho and breakfast dishes, all of which undergo rigorous taste tests and only the very best recipes make the cut. Amazingly, all their food is made fresh on site daily so healthy eating on-the-go has never been easier. And with both vegetarian and vegan options also available, there’s no excuse not to pop in ASAP! 

 

As I mentioned, I ordered a pre-set dish from their menu and chose the Thai Green Tossed Pot with chicken. The service was really quick and I had my hot food served to me, all packaged and ready to go, even before I finished deciding which smoothie to order! I ate in-store as I simply loved the atmosphere (quirky, stylish and fun decor with lively music to suit the energy of the place and staff’s spirit) and was surprised to have my smoothie brought to me at my table, unlike at other takeaway places where you have to wait around the till for your order. The staff really cater their service to your convenience and is just an added bonus to the fact that their food is nourishing and satisfying, having a low GI content to provide longer-lasting energy. Therefore, it’s safe to say that I’m 10000% happy with service as the employees are so friendly and welcoming – I was greeted on my way in by a worker (even before they recognised who I was and knew that I would be reviewing them)! 

 

Another important point for me was that Tossed is conscious not to further endanger our vulnerable planet and so sell their food in environmentally friendly packaging. Their bowls are recyclable; their smoothie cups are made from 70% recycled plastic; and their menu is produced from 100% recycled materials!

– THAI GREEN TOSSED POT:

soy bean sprouts, carrot, red onion, spicy Thai dressing, coriander & mango slaw, crispy shallots, Thai green sauce, supergrains

I truly have nothing negative to say about this main, it ticked all the right boxes and more! Starting with the spicy Thai dressing and ending with the crispy shallots, this hot dish is beyond delicious. Every single ingredient is added for a reason – either for flavour, texture or nutrition – and not just thrown in for no reason: the spicy Thai dressing provided flavour, the supergrains constituted a satisfying meal whilst adding nutrients, and the mango/ vegetables presented the dish with a vibrant colour, varying textures as well as wholesome flavours! 

 

Even though I’m not a fan of hot, spicy food, I loved the kick which accompanied every constituent of this Tossed Pot – it was just enough to excite your taste buds but not too overwhelming so that you wouldn’t be able to finish your meal. The spicy Thai dressing was in fact more like a broth as it was quite thick, but jam-packed with flavour which was soaked up by the grains and other ingredients (not just a sauce which is left in a puddle at the bottom, having dripped off everything) so that everything was a bombshell of Thai flavours. This meant that none of the ingredients were bland – every mouthful was orgasmic for my taste buds! And also, this burst of spices was perfectly softened by the refreshing, cool mango and thus never overpowered the other ingredients in the dish.

 
What I also enjoyed was that the chicken was cooked beautifully so that it was soft and superbly complemented the more crunchy texture of the supergrains and crispy shallots. I was also pleasantly surprised by the fact that the soy bean sprouts were cooked thoroughly until soft, rather than left raw and crunchy like in most salads. However, my favourite component of the dish had to be the ‘mango slaw’ as (well, I love all things tropical anyway) it was incredibly flavoursome, subtly lending a tropical taste to the whole dish and complementing the other spices as well as heightening the general tasting experience! 

 

From a foodie/ aesthetics point-of-view, I was also happy to see the addition of the carrot strips, mango and parsley as they all provided the Tossed Pot a gorgeous colour to make the whole dish even more appetising and appealing to the eye! This simply made the entire tasting experience even more sensuous so that I eagerly finished off every last bite (and wanted more even though I was so stuffed). Despite being served a very generous portion – I ordered a medium not even a large – and feeling full half-way through, I practically scraped the bowl clean as I’d never tire of this ass-kicking dish which is chockfull of flavours and nutritional yumminess! 

 

– PASSIONISTA SMOOTHIE:

mango, strawberries, passion fruit, banana, orange juice

As a massive fan of smoothies who drinks them almost everyday, I do consider myself a Smoothie Queen so am very judgmental and brutally honest if I buy a smoothie that is not up to my standards. With that in mind, it means even more when I say that Tossed‘s Passionista Smoothie was the bomb! 

 

It was just the right consistency for me: thick enough so that it wasn’t watery but not so much so that it was difficult to drink. The smoothie felt so refreshing since it was cold and bursting with fruit. Because it was blended fully, the texture was really smooth and free of any chunky bits which would get stuck in your straw and block it, making it the perfect on-the-go snack to boost not just your mood but your vitamin intake too 🙂

I probably loved it so much because the Passionista Smoothie is sweet, having banana as one of its main components which not only provides the sweetness but also presents the smoothie with a thick, slightly frothy texture whilst being deliciously satisfying. Also, the combination of strawberries with banana is heavenly and the strawberry taste comes through strongly as does the topical taste of the mango and zesty, citrusy flavour of the orange (the passion fruit is slightly lost amongst the fruity flavours but that’s not a criticism).

Once again, the bright, attractive orangey-pink/ peach colour appealed to my sense and taste receptors in anticipation, prior to drinking. Sipping these vibrant, citrusy and tropical flavours was even more vivaciously fruity than its luscious colour and sent my serotonin levels rocketing! Plus, like with the main, the portion size was very generous so was also really filling – not to mention that it constitutes 3 portions of your 5-a-day… What more could you want!? 

 

All in all, I was completely blown away by the impressive service, quality of food and amiable atmosphere; I can’t wait to pop in again and am already choosing my next meal here – their menu is just so appetising with mouth-watering options!

Mindfully, Moni x