Banana Bread Oatmeal

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Would you believe me if I told you this delicious, hearty warm bowl of oatmeal is gluten free, dairy free, sugar free AND packed with super foods?!

If you’ve been reading my How To Eat Healthily During Exams series, found here, here, here and here, you may have seen the banana bread oatmeal recipe, so I thought I’d do a post on it! This breakfast is just a superhero – Its so delicious and is so good for you! The chia seeds are packed with protein and fibre so keep you feeling full for ages and you can easily get a portion of fruit into it.

I also filmed a video here:

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Banana Bread Oatmeal vegan, gluten free and dairy free
Serves 1

1/2 Banana
Oats (not the microwaveable kind)
1 tablespoon chia seeds (I use milled chia seeds from Linwoods)
Cinnamon, to taste
A few chopped up pecans and/or walnuts
Liquid of your choice, I used water, but feel free to use any milk
note: feel free to use any sweetener, but I feel its sweet enough if I use a ripe banana.

Put oats in a sauce pan with water just covering it and leave it for 10-15 minutes with a lid on so it soaks up the liquid.

While this is happening, mash 1/4 of the banana and slice the other quarter into slices.

One the oats have soaked up the liquid, put in the cinnamon, mashed banana and chia seeds.

Cook on low for about 5 minutes until chia seeds soak up the water and the oatmeal increases in volume.

Once it is done, serve it up in a bowl and top with banana slices and nuts.
Add any sweetener if liked.

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How To Eat Healthily During Exams – Breakfast

Sorry I’ve been away for so long – I’m currently doing exams for the past 2 weeks and still got some to go, so it’s been kind of a bit crazy!

I wasn’t going to post anything this week because I haven’t really been able to cook anything really extravagant and to be honest I’ve been coming home everyday to do revision! However, I though I would make a small series of posts on how to eat healthily during exams.

Now, as a student, I know it’s hard to just get home and eat snacks and leave it as that or end up eating junk because its the ‘quickest option’ but it really is more beneficial to eat healthily, especially if you’re going to be working all day. So I’ve created a list of some things I eat and like to snack on during the day – I hope this helps to other students out there and good luck to you all!

Today’s post is going to be on breakfast, my favourite meal of the day!

I know everyone always says its vital to have breakfast as it fuels you for the day, but it really does. Make sure you have something filling that will keep you awake and full during your morning exams.

I always start my morning with a glass of lemon water as its super detoxifying and good for you and then have some green tea.

Banana Bread Oatmeal
This has recently become on of my go to breakfasts as its filling and quick! All you need is oats, liquid of your choice (I use water), cinnamon, half a banana and pecans.
You cook oatmeal and add mashed banana and cinnamon into it, and cook until your desired consistency.
Once it’s cooked, add banana slices and pecans to it.

You can also add chia seeds, flaxseeds, any other nuts and add honey or maple syrup if you want it sweeter – I just make sure to use a rip banana

Avocado on toast
I actually prefer this on gluten free rice cakes or rye bread as its a bit more ‘stable’ and crunchy rather than flimsy toast
Pretty self explanatory, but I mash avocado, put it on toast, and top with chopped up cherry tomatoes and lemon juice.

Note: It’s also surprisingly delicious when there is a thin spread of marmite on the bottom.

Scrambled eggs with vegetables
You can just scramble some eggs up with vegetables and have it on toast or a roasted portobello mushroom for extra veg!

Yoghurt with fruits and seeds
If you don’t have a massive, monster appetite like me in the morning, you might want to have something lighter like yoghurt.
You can add berries, bananas, coconut flakes and nuts and seeds. You can also add chia seeds, which are super beneficial and good for you as they are packed with protein!

Smoothies
If you wake up late and want something quick to have on the way, you can basically put the contents of the yoghurt into a blender and blend it up! If you want a thicker smoothie, try adding a frozen banana!

So these are just a few breakfast ideas that you might want to try out. If you have anymore ideas, out them in the comments section below as I’d love to try them out!

Check out the other posts in this series: lunch, dinner and snacks!