Recipes from Rose’s Kitchen

Breakfasts can be such a disjointed affair. You either have time to sit and eat, or you wake up a bit late with no time and you are out the door running on empty. I believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it fires up your brain and stops binge, junk eating throughout the day. I have found two recipes that are quick and will make you feel much better if you are running out that door!

Creamy Overnight Oats

Coconut-derived ingredients are rich in lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that may have antibacterial properties. Coconut meat and coconut products are also rich in antioxidants, which may have a protective effect against aging and disease. I am a big fan of anything to do with coconut, I use it whenever I can. The recipe calls for light coconut milk but I used the full fat, which made it more creamy. I upped the texture by adding pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and hemp seeds. A total of one cup, which adds more protein, will make you less hungry between breakfast and lunch.

1 can (400ml) light coconut milk, plus more if needed

1 large ripe banana

3 large Medjool dates, pitted

Small pinch of fine sea salt

1 cup Loon Song oats

3 Tbsp chia seeds

1 cup of a mixture of sunflower, hemp, and pumpkin seeds (optional)

1. In a blender or magic bullet, combine the coconut milk, banana, pitted dates, and salt. Blend until smooth.

2. Pour the coconut milk mixture into a medium-size food storage container with a lid.

3. Stir the oats, chia seeds and mixture of the other seeds into the coconut milk mixture until thoroughly combined. Cover and refrigerate overnight. The oat mixture will thicken and soften.

4. If the mixture is too thick, thin it out with a bit of coconut milk or almond or water.

5. Portion the oats into a bowl and add fresh fruit of your choice or put some in a small container and pack it with you for a later breakfast or snack. 

Green-Orange Smoothie

This is perfect drink for an early morning start or take along for a mid-morning snack. The full fat coconut milk will make the drink even smoother.

1 (400ml) can light coconut milk, chilled

1 1/4 cups orange juice (the best kind)

1 cup baby spinach or kale

3 Tbsp avocado (I just put in half of a whole avocado)

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

4 or 5 large pitted Medjool dates, to taste

6 ice cubes, or as needed

1. In a blender or magic-bullet, combine all the ingredients and blend until smooth.

**spinach and avocado will add nutrient power

***if your dates are dry soak them in boiling water for 20 minutes before making the smoothie