Brain food is so important for little kids: growing their bodies, pathways in their brains, constantly burning energy as they use their brains to learn. It’s almost criminal that food companies are allowed to advertise high fructose breakfast foods to the youngest members of our community. My kids just love this slightly sweet and creamy cereal – it has the added nutritional benefit of cashews, which are rich in unsaturated fats. Sweeten with some maple syrup or omit as the natural sugars from the apple and apricot are enough to satisfy.
1 apple, diced
5 apricots, diced
1/4 cup raw cashews, chopped
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup coconut milk or full cream
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Place apple, cashews and apricots in 1 cup water and bring to the boil, continue to cook on medium heat, covered, for 15 minutes or until softened slightly.
Add oats and chia seeds to pot and add another 1 1/2 cups water. Add cinnamon and cook covered on medium heat for 10-12 minutes. When oats have come to a cream consistency, add cream, allow to come to heat. Adjust water ratio if more water is needed.
Serve with additional milk if desired.
2 responses to “Apple-cashew Oatmeal with Chia”
This is a great way for the little ones to start their day! You could add other fruits too. I might try it with some butter on top!
This is a fantastic recipe for an oatmeal breakfast that is both satisfying and nutritious! It’s great to see parents taking their children’s health seriously and finding creative ways to incorporate brain-boosting foods like cashews and chia seeds.