Looking for a new, easy grab-n-go breakfast option? Summer porridge is oatmeal’s cooler counterpart, because who wants to eat hot oatmeal in 85 degree heat? No fear, this recipe is great even in the cold, it’s more of a dynamic spin on plain old yogurt.
The best part of this recipe is the versatility. Hate bananas? Try blueberries. Or raspberries. Or snozzberries. Or whatever. Sub in and out the different ingredients at your leisure, there are plenty of viable options.
- 1/4 cup uncooked old-fashioned oats
- 1/3 cup soy milk (you can use skim if preferred)
- 1/4 cup strawberry Greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 tsp Chia seeds
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 banana, thinly sliced
Chia Seeds – 101
These always seem to be somewhat of an unknown, but I can’t speak more highly of them. A little 101 on the massive benefits that your tiny 1 1/2 tsp of Chia seeds in your porridge is giving you:
Fiber: 2.75 g
Protein: 1 g
Fat: 2.25 g (1.25 of which are Omega-3s)
Calcium: 4.5% of the RDA
Manganese: 7.5% of the RDA
Magnesium: 7.5% of the RDA
Phosphorus: 6.75% of the RDA
They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2, and are naturally free of gluten. (Authority Nutrition)
Calorie Intake Overall
Oats: 75 calories
Soy: 30 calories
Chia: 25 calories
Yogurt: 50 calories
Banana: 45 calories
Total calories: 225 calories per 1 serving/cup
While there’s no need to make a presentation of your breakfast, if you are looking to, I recommend Mason jars. The colorful layers of oats and Chia absorbing the other ingredients does make for a fun presentation, and I couldn’t possible judge you for wanting to show it off!
My grandmother used to make and jar her homemade (apples straight off of the trees in the backyard) applesauce in these mason jars. Since she moved from that house she doesn’t jar applesauce anymore so I am lucky enough to get to enjoy these gorgeous vintage mason jars from the 80s and 90s that all of our family used to receive full of homemade goodies, which I intend to now use for my homemade goodies.
Need some jars? You can get some Mason jars for inexpensive from Michael’s (especially with their app, they always have coupons).
That’s all there is to it! Share your finished product, and especially any cool new versions with me and the blog-o-sphere on social media with #foodwinediy