Chia porridge with Pear Cinnamon + vanilla
People often ask me what I eat for breakfast. Well for me that all depends on the weather, how I feel, what’s in season and my activity level for the day. When it’s cold outside there is nothing better than a bowl of my awesome power porridge made from fresh pear, chia, flaxseed, a little spice and my choice of milk. The fruit varies but my favourite is ripe beurre bosc pear that is naturally sweet, juicy and full of fibre. It also has a smooth, buttery flavour that I really love. I chop it up and cook it briefly in a pot with a little water, cinnamon, vanilla bean paste and muscatel. I add a little milk and that varies depending on what’s in the fridge – sometimes it’s almond, sometimes it’s soy, organic dairy, sunflower or coconut if I want it creamy. Once the milk heats up I fold through the chia and golden flaxseed then remove the pot off the heat. I also sometimes love to incorporate a few spoonfuls of organic rolled oats or quinoa for a change. The porridge thickens up quickly and I serve it with extra hot milk and fresh figs or banana. Feel free to sprinkle with extra flaxseed, flaked almonds, walnuts or ground cinnamon if you like.
This porridge is a bowl of superfood goodness and long lasting energy that will keep you going all morning. I love it because it warms me up and makes me feel good and It’s kind to my digestive system and keeps me regular.
What’s good about it:
Pears have a low GI of 38 and they are also high in fibre as are chia and flaxseeds. Fiber speeds up the movement in the intestinal tract and is great for treating digestive symptoms like IBS. It also delays glucose absorption keeping our blood sugar more stable.
2 small beurre bosc pears, cut into small chunks with the skin
1 tablespoon muscatel rasins
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract
1/4 cup (60ml /2 fl oz) water
1/2 cup milk (your choice almond, dairy, soy, rice, coconut)
1 tablespoon chia seed
1 tablespoon golden flaxseed
Combine pears, raisins, cinnamon, vanilla and water into a small pot.
Simmer for 5 minutes over a low heat until the pears have softened and are heated through.
Add the milk and heat up.
Add the chia and flaxseed and stir through then remove from the heat and sit for 1 minute.
Spoon into a bowl.
Top with an extra splash of warm milk and enjoy.
Add extra fruit if you like or some roasted walnuts or flaked almonds for crunch.
Nutrition calculated using organic low fat milk
Protein: 12.5 g
Total fat: 7.9 g
Saturated: 1.7 g
Fiber: 18 g
Carbs: 40 g
I sometimes add a spoonful or 2 of rolled oats or quinoa which gives it a lovely chewy texture.
Add 1 tablespoon of Healthy Chef Organic pea protein or Pure Native WPI after you remove from the stove – to pump up the protein.
Extra Notes: other fruits are lovely to top this delicious porridge, choose from fresh figs or banana.
Nuts such as lightly roasted walnut or almond flakes add a delicious crunch.