Oats : Recipe No.3

Oaty ‘Nice’ Cream – I had some frozen bananas and figs (they are in season) in the freezer and thought adding some oats and other goodies would make a tasty refuel meal.

The figs and banana provide sugary carbohydrates to replenish glycogen stores and feed muscles. They also provide the body with filling fibre and other micronutrients.

Both contain potassium, which regulates fluids in the body (urine, lymph, blood and sweat), and magnesium and phosphorus, which work together with calcium to support bones and teeth. These minerals also support muscle function (contracting and relaxing).

The oats provide the body with starchier carbohydrates along with protein which is also found in the chia and flaxseeds/linseeds. The yoghurt is a source of fat, protein and carbohydrate. All in all, this combination of foods is healthy, nutritious and tasty โ€“ what more could you ask for?

One frozen banana

One frozen fig

Two/three tablespoons of natural yoghurt โ€“ I use Migros (Swiss supermarket) Bio Natural Yoghurt as it seems to be the least ‘fiddled with’ yoghurt and still nice and creamy.

15g Chia seeds

20g Flaxseeds/Linseeds (sometimes I don’t put these in, especially if I’ve had them already during the day. Likewise with chia seeds. Play around with what seeds you put in so that you get a variation throughout the day/week)

20g Oats

Put the lot into a blender (my Nutribullet can handle it) and blend until smooth. The chia seeds absorb liquid, so it’s worth just putting the mixture back in the freezer or fridge for 5 minutes to let the mixture thicken. You could also add a dollop of nut butter of your preference, or sprinkle with some flaked almonds. The texture is a nutty, wholesome and tasty ‘nice’ cream.

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In no particular order – frozen banana, frozen fig, yoghurt, oats and chia (I don’t think I put flaxseeds in)

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So, it does taste a lot better (in my opinion!) than it looks…

Let me know what you think of this concoction, if you try it out, and if you have any suggestions or variations. The idea of these oat posts is to give you ideas on how to incorporate this low priced and nutritious grain into your diet, giving you a benchmark from which to experiment.