Now that we are heading into December, I think I’m allowed to go all-in when it comes to Christmas food, right…?
I’ve actually been eating festive food since the start of November, but let’s bypass that one…
Anyway, if you are joining me and feeling Christmassy too, then you’ll be happy to know that I’ve been making gingerbread EVERYTHING! Gingerbread brownies, gingerbread cookies, gingerbread hot chocolate…and even gingerbread oats / oatmeal / porridge, whatever you like to call it.
This bowl of oats is cosy, comforting and also the perfect Christmas breakfast. You could rename it Christmas porridge, in fact!
It is full of spice and flavour, but remains healthy and vegan-friendly, too. In short, it has all the classic flavours and indulgence of gingerbread, but without any of the sugar or fat overload! Although, let’s face it, there’s definitely a time and place (every day) for that at Christmas…
I added one of my festive staples – molasses – to this delicious bowl (it gives the ultimate gingerbread taste, I think) but I accept that it can be an acquired taste for some! So, feel free to sub it out for maple syrup, if you like!
I also added in some ground pecans for a little bit more depth of flavour and a dose of healthy fats, but this can also be swapped for more oats. It’s completely up to you!
I topped these bowls with caramelised apples, along with pecans, berries and mini gingerbread men for good measure, but you can add whatever you fancy!
What are your favourite festive breakfasts?
- Serves 2
- 1 1/2 cups oats
- 1/2 cup ground pecans (can sub for more oats)
- 2 cups milk – I used Vita Coco coconut milk
- 1 1/2 cups water (plus more, until you reach desired consistency)
- 1-2 tbsp molasses (to taste)
- 1-2 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2-1 tsp cinnamon (to taste)
- 1/2-1 tsp ginger (to taste)
- Pinch nutmeg
- Pinch cloves
- Pinch salt
- Caramelised apples and pecans, to top (optional)
Whisk all ingredients together in a large saucepan. Gently warm, stirring often, until thickened and heated through, adding more milk or water if as you cook, until you achieve your desired consistency.
- Serve warm topped with apples, pecans and berries.