Even Goldilocks needs her sleep
Some mornings it is just hard to get out of bed…thank goodness my husband bought me a cuppa in bed this morning.
As the mornings get cooler in the south of Australia thoughts turn to warm porridge oats for breakfast, but sometimes even Goldilocks needs to change things up, so I thought I would share with you five creative uses for our Get Farmed Porridge oats.
And I promise not to judge if you are reading this in bed, under the doona, drinking your cuppa that was made just for you.
As you all know by now, Get Farmed Porridge Oats are the ideal healthy start to your morning. Known as nature’s superfood, oats are high in complex carbohydrates and high in dietary fibre, which means you will be full for a long time after breakfast.
You may also know that oats are the breakfast of choice for many historical figures – including Goldilocks who enjoyed her porridge “just right” way back in 1837! Oats have not changed a great deal since then.
So, how do you go about reinventing a classic?
I had to check twice when I came across this recipe. But you can’t go wrong with some bacon and cheese! The dish resembles a risotto, just cook up your oats as usual with some chicken stock instead of water, add some butter, tasty cheese, cooked bacon some fresh herbs and black pepper. Top with a poached egg and there you have savoury breakfast oats!
Swiss Oatmeal (a.k.a Bircher Muesli)
Swiss Oatmeal you ask? It sounds cold! Well, you’re right, so you may want to save this one for the warmer days. Soak your Get Farmed Porridge Oats overnight in the fridge – with milk, yoghurt a hint of cinnamon and vanilla – and fruits of your choice added as well. Take it out in the morning and you have a lovely, fresh and fruity breakfast treat instantly.
Yes, you can definitely drink our oats! I’m sure it’s an idea everyone is familiar with – adding oats to your fresh and healthy breakfast smoothie. But remember, the possibilities are endless! Everything from cinnamon and nutmeg to tomato can be thrown in the blender with your oats (just maybe not at the same time). A personal favourite? Frozen peaches, mangoes, carrots, coconut milk, a splash of orange juice and Get Farmed! Porridge Oats.
Why should your bread be boring? Why not whip this one up and take some slices with you to work or give it to the kids to take to school. Soak your oats for an hour and add to your bread mix. Pop it in the oven and you have your creation. Add some honey and blueberries to your bread, and you have a perfect snack or breakfast in its own right! If you do have time to make your own oat bread, feel free to send some my way, I’ll be the one under the doona!
Oat casserole?! Okay, this one takes a little bit more effort, (well maybe not as much as the oat bread) and requires you to turn on your oven early in the morning. But it is worth it! Your gourmet, nutritious breakfast goodness can be created any which way you like. Feeling healthy? Bananas. Feeling sweet? Strawberries. Feeling naughty? Chocolate chips.
I’ve included this full recipe below, because we all need a little warm oat love when the mornings are cold, now if only I could get my husband to make this dish for my lazy mornings in bed!
So I guess it’s time for me to Get Farmed! and get out of bed.
This is probably a weekend recipe, as a houseful of family trying to get to work and school makes this one a little tough, but if you are super organised you could prepare this dish the night before and bake in the morning.
2 cups Get Farmed Porridge Oats
2 tbsp make syrup ( or golden syrup)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp orange zest, grated
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sultanas
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
2 cups milk
1 large egg
3 tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp maple syrup (or golden syrup)
Heat oven to 180°C. Generously coat the inside of a casserole dish with a some extra butter.
In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sugar, baking powder, orange zest, cinnamon, salt, half the walnuts and half the sultanas. Add to the prepared baking dish. Scatter the remaining walnuts and sultanas on top of the oats.
In a bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, butter, maple syrup and vanilla extract, then pour over the oats and fruit. Gently shake the baking dish to help the milk mixture go throughout the oats.
Bake oatmeal until the top is golden brown and the mixture has set, about 35 minutes.
For an extra tasty top, sprinkle a tablespoon or so of brown sugar and some Get Farmed Muesli on top of the casserole, and then place back in the oven under the grill for 20-30 seconds.
For an extra decadent treat add some fresh strawberries or bananas to the oat mixture.