Don’t get me wrong, in the warmer months there’s nothing I like more than sucking down a green smoothie for breakfast. During summer, I find that I don’t wake up with a huge appetite, but I really do enjoy the taste and convenience of throwing a bunch of fresh fruit and veg in a blender before I walk out the door. Plus, I find it’s the best way to sneakily sprinkle in all those superfoods that don’t taste so great on their own!
However, when the snow starts to fall, an icy smoothie filled with tropical fruit is the last thing my body craves. I also find that when it’s cold out, my tummy wakes up with a real healthy appetite for something hearty and comforting. So, if you’re like me and are looking for something to replace your summer smoothies with- or you’re just generally looking to switch it up in the mornings - hopefully this quick, easy and satisfying recipe for Creamy Cinnamon Coconut Oats is something you look forward to waking up with!
Before we get started I wanted to make a few quick notes about the recipe. You may (or may not!) find that it is filled with more fat than you’re used to in the mornings. One thing I have really embraced is that fat is my friend - as long as it is the right type! Fat keeps me feeling full way longer and keeps my energy levels high throughout the day. Since increasing the amount of good fats in my diet, I don’t find myself crawling to the couch at 3 o’clock for a nap, or snacking three times between breakfast and lunch. I strongly encourage you to focus on fat from real food, not processed food. There is a lot of stigma about fats, but please do not be afraid to load up on the good stuff - avocado, coconut oil, grass-fed butter, nut butters - to find a better balance in your eating habits.
Also, in the colder months in Canada when it reaches the minus 20’s, I find a full raw diet can be unsustainable for my body. When it’s warmer, I generally eat raw until my last meal of the day. But when it’s chilly, I find I need to incorporate some warmer foods into my diet. Remember - listen to what your body needs. I do encourage to try to continue to eat as many raw foods as possible, but if I'm feeling a little undernourished when it’s cold, I allow myself to cook with foods I know will still nourish me.
In saying that, here it is. Creamy Cinnamon Coconut Oats. My go to winter warm-up, that leaves me with a full, happy belly in the mornings!
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1 tbsp honey (optional)
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp ground flax seeds
1 tbsp almond butter
In a small pot add in your coconut milk, rolled oats, cinnamon, banana, vanilla and salt. Simmer on low for 5-7 minutes while continuously stirring until the oats absorb most of the coconut milk and the mixture thickens. You’ll be able to mash your banana into the mixture so it’s nice and smooth.
Add in your honey, coconut oil, flax and almond butter and cook for a further 2 minutes.
Top with all your faves and serve nice and hot! I find this serving to be quiet large for one person, so if you have left overs just pop in the fridge and you can reheat it the morning after!
Little Tucker Notes:
You can chose to use steel cut oats or buckwheat instead of rolled oats if you have extra time in the morning. Sometimes I also like adding a slurp of coconut kefir milk (if you don’t already - add into your diet for an insane amount of probiotics).
I love to top my oats with:
I always have a stash of Oh She Glows granola on hand to put on top of my oats and smoothies.
Caramelized cinnamon apples - by simply frying apple slices until golden brown in coconut oil and a pinch of cinnamon. Highly recommend!
An extra dollop of almond butter (always)
All the usual suspects - chia seeds, berries, hemp hearts, a Little Tucker energy bite if I know I’ve got a big day ahead and don’t want to get hangry at any stage…