The fresh figs and raw walnuts I smuggled back from Turkey are so good I want to freak out. I whipped up this Blueberry Chia Soaked Oats with Walnuts and Figs this morning after a 5:30am jog, which is not normal for me, but I’m still so jet-lagged I can’t seem to sleep past 4am. Early morning jog, delightful breakfast, and an hour of work done before 7am…looks like there is some good to come of insomnia.
My oats were already soaked for the veggie burgers I didn’t end up making last night because I feel asleep, so this breakfast took me no more than 5 minutes. You gotta check it out.
Ingredients ~ Feeds one
1/4 cup of soaked oats
1/2 cup of blueberries (mine were still a tiny bit frozen when I ate them, I like ’em that way)
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup of coconut milk
1 big organic fig plucked fresh from a tree in a little fishing village in Turkey (or from Whole Foods, whatever you’re working with)
1/4 banana, sliced
Drizzle of maple syrup
Sprinkle of cardamom
Soak your oats the night before by topping fresh, clean water over 1 cup of oats, and letting sit overnight. They get all mushy and weird, so rinse them well and keep in the fridge.
In a little jar or bowl, combine your chia seeds and coconut milk. I use a jar so I can shake them, because chia get all chunky and stuck together if they are allowed to just sit at the bottom without being disturbed. Let sit for about 20 minutes.
My blueberries sat on the counter for about 20 minutes as well, just enough time for them to thaw out, mostly.
When everything’s ready, and your chia are all gooey, combine all ingredients in a bowl, crush some walnuts with your bare hands, cuz you’re tough like that, tear up your fig for a nice, natural look, top with some yummy maple syrup, and you’re good to go.
Chia seeds are great for your digestive system, walnuts are good for your brain (check out the doctrine of signatures for some renaissance theory on why walnuts make ya smart), and oats are a happy food!
Sounds like a winning breakfast to me.