Oatmeal is one of those things I turn to when in need of something hot and substantial in the morning. Cold winter mornings, post-workout or not demand carbs – the really filling ones that are a hug in a bowl in the way that eggs or avo-toast are not.
We’ll skip any grand ceremonies over the benefits of eating oats, by now I’m sure you know what they are. There’s a plethora of oatmeal recipes out there, blogs with better SEO than mine will holler at you from Google so if you’ve managed to make it to this sentence I’ll assume that Facebook’s algorithm has given me a break! Or that the link in my profile worked or that my pin made it on to a screen near you If it’s your first time here, I’m happy to welcome you and if it’s not, hello old friend.
I’m envious of oatmeal because like monarchy it has the best PR. Oatmeal has been enjoying a royal reign since immortalization in Goldilocks & The Three Bears but it’s also got berries and fruit toppings, nuts and seeds, everything from bee pollen to syrup of the Gods going for it and at times, if you are munching (or dreaming) off a bowl from 26 Grains, even petals. Take this oatmeal recipe for example, pomegranate, rose water, flaked almonds and cardamom, who wouldn’t be enticed? Even if you don’t love oatmeal, you love the idea of eating it!
Food bloggers are probably the best spokespeople for oatmeal. Their beautiful images and recipes enshrine the grain further and today it enjoys a lot of limelight on Instagram and Pinterest. Sure it was rattled for a while when avo-toast became a thing but only for a couple of minutes because only a preening bowl oatmeal can lend itself to healthy and prettiness like no one else.
It’s not all spin and no substance. Oatmeal may have that certain je ne sais quoi but it also has the qualities and comfort of an old friend. There’s something to be said for starting the day with a beautiful bowl of oatmeal that not only fills you up but has all that slow releasing majestic power and is packed with superfood toppings too. Especially if all you have in the morning is about five minutes, because you can just put it into the fridge overnight and grab it to go the next day! My own glow getter version is also amenable to such a fate and takes ten minutes to put together the night before. While we’re talking benefits as well as taste, pomegranate and rose water oatmeal, enough said. Have a beautiful day!
- (Serves 2)
- 100g oats (if necessary gluten-free)
- 375ml milk (I used almond)
- 1/2tsp ground cardamom
- 1/2tsp rose water
- 1tbsp sweetener (agave, honey, maple syrup etc.)
- 1/2cup of pomegranate arils
- Flaked almonds
- Any other toppings you love!
- In a saucepan, place the oats, milk, cardamom and sweetener on a medium heat. Bring it to a gentle boil and the simmer for a few minutes until the oatmeal has thickened a little.*
- Top with pomegranate and flaked almonds and and other toppings you love!
- *To prepare an overnight version simply combine all the ingredients and divide equally in two mason jars or containers. Serve warm or cold.