Deliciously Ella Creamy Coconut Porridge

Deliciously Ella Creamy Coconut Porridge

Over the past twelve months or so my body has seen more medjool dates and goji berries than you can shake a stick (of celery) at. Processed foods and convenience meals have made way for a new wave of quinoa loving, nutri bullet enthusiasts and I'm proud to say I'm one of them. 

I've managed to maintain, for the most part, a refined sugar free lifestyle. I say for the most part because, well, Prosecco and also I've literally just had a bag of McCoys. I have the odd slip up here and there but 90% of the time I am cous cousing myself to a healthier happier me. 

In the same way an AA member (not of the motoring variety) might announce their 'dry' time, I'd like to announce that I haven't had a Kit Kat for months. You could say I've had a break, from Kit Kats.
  
When I do my food shopping now I routinely check the labels for sugar content. It's not as time consuming as you'd think. Not once you get into the habit of it. If anything has more than 5 grams of sugar per 100 grams, it goes back on the shelf. You'd be amazed at some of the products which are marketed as healthy but have a high sugar content!

Now I've raved about Deliciously Ella before and I still stand firmly by my fan girling. Especially since I made her Creamy Coconut Porridge from book one. Easy to make and topped with whatever fruits and nuts you happen to have in. 

My other half works nights a couple of times a week and these are always my 'at risk' nights. When I'm cooking for one I'm always looking for whatever's quick to make. I have no patience to be chopping Butternut Squash when I'm eating on my jack jones. 

Deliciously Ella's porridge however has become my new 'convenience' meal. I know porridge is strictly for breakfast but it suits me just fine to have it in the evening now and again. It's filling, healthy and super quick to make...

What you'll need:

40g Oats
3-4 Tablespoons Coconut Milk
1 Sliced Banana
1 Tablespoon Almond Butter
1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
Handful of Almonds
Handful of Raisins

What to do next:

Put the oats in a saucepan with 200ml water, the coconut milk and half the sliced banana.

Let it simmer for 10 minutes, until all the liquid has been absorbed. 

Stir in the almond butter and coconut oil, allow it to cook for another minute or two until they've completely melted into the porridge.

Meanwhile, place the almonds in a food processor and pulse for about 30 seconds until they are partially crushed. Place them in a dry frying pan for a couple of minutes to get crunchy. (I cheat a bit here and buy flaked almonds that go straight into the dry frying pan).

Pour the cooked oats into a bowl and add the remaining slices of banana, raisins and toasted almonds.

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I tend to make it without the banana, and top it with goji berries or strawberries but that's just my personal preference. You can play about and add whatever you prefer, within reason, don't sprinkle it with hundreds and thousands...unless you've had a really bad day.

Honestly Deliciously Ella's books have been a game changer for me. Healthy recipes that are practical and affordable to make. Remember it's NOT a diet, it's a new lifestyle!

Get your good self gemmed up on "loving food and yourself" over on Deliciously Ella's blog here

Next on my To Do list, pay a visit to the The Mae Deli. Right after I've snapped up her soon to be launching toiletries in collaboration with Neal's Yard, ready to eat energy bites and third book!!

That's my obsession fuelled nicely for the foreseeable future. 

Let me know if you're a Deliciously Ella fan. Anything you'd recommend I make from book two? I'm still working my way through it.

Not Your Nine To Five is on Twitter and Instagram too! Feel free to find me...we can discuss goji berries orrrr Prosecco. x x 

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