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Cardamom & Coconut Raw Porridge

Amber Macintosh

Bircher muesli remains as popular as ever but I like the idea of a little twist on it so I would call this bowl a raw porridge. As with many of my recipes it is suitable for those that are gluten, diary and refined sugar free, this is also suitable for vegans. 

Ingredients for 2 servings: Coconut Milk, 6 cardamom pods,  handful of small organic oats, 2 tablespoons of chia seeds & vanilla powder

Directions: Pour our can of coconut milk into a bowl so that you can use throughout the week, all you will need is one heaped tablespoon mixed with filtered water to soak your oats and chia seeds in overnight. To flavour this mix crush up the seeds inside the cardamom pods, add some vanilla powder, stir and leave!

In the morning add your choice of fruit, top with granola (preferably homemade so check my next recipe) and add a big tasty spoon of peanut or almond butter, we love Pip & Nut as they do not contain palm oil.

As you can see there is no need for any sugar, though if sharing with kids you could try some honey. This bowl works nicely for breakfast but also a nice tea time snack which is blood sugar balancing, protein packed and keeps you full up till lunch. Enjoy! xAmber

Chia seed benefits and uses

Amber Macintosh

It is very frustrating when great health foods hit the market and are quickly bashed by the press and even labelled as being useless to our health and wellbeing.  Whilst no health foods claim to be miracle cures their benefits do help those of us looking for a healthier lifestyle.  

Chia seeds are one such product, packing a big protein punch and providing us with three fatty acids alongside calcium and fibre. They actually contain more potassium than bananas, more antioxidants that blueberries and more iron than spinach.  They also naturally hold water so they make you feel fuller longer as well ask being extremely gentle on the tummy. They can be sprinkled on salads and lightly toasted with granola but most also make a wonderful alternative to oats for a super healthy porridge, fantastic for those going gluten free.  

We mix them with almond milk but it really could be any milk that you enjoy or even fresh fruit juice.  Leave to soak in the fridge for an hour or more, overnight if you prefer, and add to it anything you like to have with porridge.  Here I have added fruit and honey but you can also mix with yoghurt, add any dried fruits or mix with granola. Straight from the fridge it is a great cooling Summer porridge, the trainsformation from dry seed to thick porridge is amazing! Kids love it.