There’s deep pleasure in creamy comforting oats, a small indulgence that leaves you feeling great.
Crunchy, creamy and ready in just five minutes, these oats are an easy breakfast (or any-time comfort snack) that blend the pleasure of hot porridge with the enrichment of hair and skin loving nutrition, and bring joy to anyone’s day.
Try these delicious plant-based Winter Oats… your future self (and hair) will be thrilled. The recipe calls for:
- 2 tsp of Hair Food
- 1 tbsp of Chia Seeds
- 1 cup of Oats
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 Banana
- 3 cups of water – or plant-based milk for extra creaminess
Mix your ingredients in a pot and cook over a medium-high heat until your water or milk is absorbed and bananas have melted into the mixture.
Place into a bowl and add your choice of toppings. Here are some of our go-to options:
- Fresh sliced banana with honey
- Cacao nibs
Rich in flavanols like epicatechin, catechin, epigallic acid, caffeic acid, and theobromine, cacao scavenges free radicals, particularly in your skin, and has an anti-aging effect as well as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Magnesium plays a vital role in cell division and growth and is responsible for anti-inflammatory and repair mechanisms in the cells, especially in the hair follicles. Consuming cacao can boost hair growth from the roots, more so after menopause. It also prevents inflammation which can influences your hair health and growth patterns.
- Peanut butter
Peanuts are a significant source of biotin, known to both stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss. A ¼ cup serving packs up to 9 grams of protein, 4 grams of fibre, and a unique profile of antioxidants. Peanuts are also super filling, which is why they’re an ideal option to get you through a busy day.
- Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are a great source of Omega-3s, not to mention fiber and antioxidants. This nutritional powerhouse is considered a complete protein, containing 20% more protein than soy beans, and can help promote beautiful and luscious locks. These tiny, shelf-stable seeds sprinkled on top of your oats, in addition to being cooked in this recipe, add extra texture and crunch.
Grapes contain polyphenolic compounds with antioxidant properties, which may help reduce cellular damage. Oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC) found in grapes help to prevent dihydrotestosterone production which is a main factor in hair loss. OPC also stimulates the growth of hair follicles. Eating about a cup of grapes per day can help to protect your tissues from inflammation.
Flax seeds are full of polyunsaturated fatty acids that help nourish your scalp and prevent dryness and go well grounded and sprinkled on your oats. The perfect accompaniment to the Autumn and Winter temperature drop.
- Greek yoghurt
Unsweetened plain Greek yoghurt contains a heap of protein which adds to the Hair Food in these oats as the building block for those gorgeous locks. Yoghurt also contains good bacteria which helps your body absorb nutrients. Try to choose brands that have five strains or more of bacterial cultures per 6-ounce serving.