Porridge and Nostalgia

If you grew up the same way I did, you have a thing for porridges and cereals. When I was a child I could not be happier sitting at the breakfast table with my collection of cereal boxes to choose from.

It was always an extra special morning when my mum would make a warm porridge. The winner was mieliepap, with a bit of butter, milk and brown sugar. O my god! A warm oatmeal porridge took the silver medal and the easier and faster ProNutro was never denied either.

Later when we moved to the Netherlands, I was pleasantly surprised by the ProNutro look alike, Brinta.

Really, just give me a bowl to eat from, and a spoon to eat with and I’m happy.

Wel…kind of….Nowadays of course I am more consciouss of my food. I avoid processed and pre-packed foods as they tend to be full of (too much) sugars and preservatives and they cause Vata vitiation. Not to mention, many many packaged foods are just so unnecessary if you know how to make healthy (fast and easy) breakfasts yourself!

I still love a good bowl of mieliepap or oatmeal. They are the classics and they are very healthy! 

But today I will share an easy recipe that I made this week, and it reminded me of the ProNutro porridge I used to eat as a kid. Sweet, warm, smooth, nutritious and delicious.


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For this recipe you will need a blender/nutribullet or similar.

Throw into you blender/bullet jar:

  • 5 medjool dates
  • 4tbsp oats
  • 1tbsp carob powder
  • 1/2tbsp maca powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1tbsp chia seeds
  • 1tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1tsp coconut oil
  • pinch of cardamom
  • pinch of cinamon
  • pinch of kurkuma

Cover the ingredients with boiling water, stir and let it sit for 5 minutes.
Add a little bit water and blend all the ingredients untill you get a ‘porridgy’ consistency.

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Transfer into your favourite bowl. Throw some banana and cashew nuts on top!

Enjoy!

 

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Not so South African Melktert

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I’m about to start my half yearly cleanse in March. I went to the organic supermarket to stock up on some things I need, and I caught a glimplse of a full cream organic cow’s milk for half price. I usually don’t bake with dairy, but I got this vision of one of my childhood favourite pies and I couldn’t stop. On top of that, I dindn’t want them to throw away the milk either!

I figured since I’m going to do my cleanse soon, I might as well also treat myself to something special beforehand. And yes, this is special in many ways 🙂 It’s homemade, nostalgic, healthy, extremely delicous and nutritous. What more can you ask for?

As you know, I’m not much of a recipe follower so I started baking and it turned into a slightly different version of the one my mum used to make. I made the base chocolate flavoured, and I used raisins instead of sugar. And of course, all the ingredients are wholesome and healthy instead of the ‘normal’ white/processed versions. 🙂

So here we go! I’m happy to share this with you and hope you try it at home!

FIY: I have made a vegan version of this many times, it works perfectly with coconut oil and vegan milk (I prefer coconut). fullsizerender

Dry:
1 1/2cup oats
3/4 cup wallnuts
1tbsp maca
1 1/2tbsp arrowroot
1tsp bakingpowder
2 tbspcacao
pinchsalt
1/2tsp cinamon
pinch ginger

Wet:
3 tbsp ghee
3 hands full raisins
2 tbsp line seeds
3/4 cup warm water

Filling:
3 cups milk
2tbsp ghee
1tsp vanilla powder/1 pod
3 tbsp arrowroot powder
4 tbsp flour
1/2c coconut sugar

Make oatflour by putting the oats and 1tbsp of arrowroot powder in the blender.
Grind the wallnuts (not too fine) with 1/2tbsp (then it wont stick) in the blender/foodprocessor.
Add the rest of the dry ingredients together in a bowl.

Mix all the wet ingredients in the blender into a smooth paste.

Mix wet into dry. It should be like a cookie dough. Not too sticky, but not too dry either.

Grease your pie mold and spread dough evenly. Bake 15 minutes @ 180 degrees celcius.

Wait for it to cool.

Bring ghee & 2 1/2 cups of milk to a boil. In the mean time, blend the other ingredients into a smooth liquid. Once the milk boils, add the other ingredients and keep stirring untill the mixture thickens.

Pour filling into the mold, leave it on the counter to cool for a while, then put it in the fridge.

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I hope you enjoy this as much as I do! If you are South African (and you don’t mind healthy versions of….) you will love this!!