Saturday, March 5, 2016

Carrot Cake Porridge

Let's face it, life nowadays is fast paced! Just when I feel like I am on top of everything, something will happen to throw life all out of balance again. For me, this has been starting a new role at work this week. Yes, it is a fantastic opportunity and I am incredibly excited about it, but it does mean that work has been dominating quite a few of my waking hours, as I have been trying to wrap up my old role while also learning a new one.

As a result, I have been somewhat absent from my social media this week. However, to make up for my busy week, which contained quite a lot of uninspiring but simple foods, I have been having a fantastic weekend indulging my tastebuds and my food creativity. It has made me realise, that five days of chaos and stress can actually be made up for in a day or two if you just prioritise yourself.

I started off my Saturday with something that I haven't had in a while, a fantastic greek yoghurt bowl. This included Almonds, Hazelnuts, Stewed Apple, Coconut and both Fix and Fogg's Chocolate Peanut Butter (which is the most amazing thing known to man) and Pics Peanut Butter, which is just an all round favourite of mine. I then went and got my hair done. Getting my hair done is up there with getting a massage for me, as I always leave feeling relaxed, refreshed and feeling as if I have had some "me time".

After my hair I went and met a friend at Mondays Wholefoods for brunch. If you are in Auckland it is definitely worth a trip, as it is the perfect way to treat yourself without loading up on crap, because, as the name suggests, everthing they make is from whole foods and refined sugar free. I got the Buckwheat and Cardamom waffles with Berry Chia Jam and Coconut Yoghurt, which was delicious and so filling!

The afternoon and evening was spent deep cleaning my kitchen. Now this may not sound like the most relaxing or rejuvinating thing in the world, but coming home from a busy, stressful day to a messy and cluttered kitchen only stresses me out more, and I actually find proper cleaning quite cathartic. My only issue is that when I get started, I tend to get obsessive and  I have to do EVERYTHING (this included even scrubbing the grout between the tiles).

So now (Sunday) i am sitting doing some wedding planning and blogging, looking at my beautifully clean kitchen and feeling ready to jump into my week. I find that food is actually quite a big part of my rejuvination process. Having the time to sit down and enjoy a meal with a friend, or having the time to make something delicious for myself gives me the opportunity to separate myself from other stresses. 

As the weather starts to become colder, today's recipe definitely fits into a rejuvinating weekend. On a cold, wet morning when you don't want to go out, you can enjoy a bowl of this porridge that is like eating a slice of carrot cake, but far more nourishing. It really does fit in with my philosophy perfectly- treating yourself without a sugar overload.

Just as a note, there are a few substitutions that you can make to this recipe. I used pineapple in the recipe, as that was what I had in my cupboard, however, mango would be equally nice. I also had some coconut yoghurt in the fridge for the "icing" component, however, I would usually use greek yoghurt for this.

Enjoy xx

Serves 1

1/3 cup oats
1 Tbsp Rice Malt Syrup (Or other liquid sweetener)
3 Tbsp crushed pineapple (or mashed mango)
2 Tbsp raisins
2/3 cup milk of choice (I used coconut)
3 Tbsp shredded coconut
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp mixed spice

1/4 cup greek yoghurt (coconut yoghurt also works)
2 tsp maple syrup (the real stuff)

Place the first 8 ingredients together in a small saucepan and mix together. Place over a medium heat and bring to the boil, stirring frequently. Reduce to a simmer and continue to stir until the porridge has thickened to desired consistency.

Mix together the yoghurt and maple syrup. Place the porridge in a bowl and top with the yoghurt "icing".

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