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alanna brown nutritionist

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My name is Alanna. I am a Nutritionist, Recipe Developer and Food Stylist based in Melbourne.

On my blog I like to share healthy recipes and nutrition tips. 

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Sticky Date Chia Porridge

Sticky Date Chia Porridge

 

My Mum is famous for her sticky date pudding. At family events my cousins would often ask if she made it as soon as the “hello’s” and “how are you’s” were done.

She loves her sweets as much as we do, so making treats like sticky date pudding was certainly not just for special occasions. Sometimes the sticky date pudding was made just because she wanted some for breakfast. With a big dollop of cream and a cup of tea.

Once you move out and away from your family, you start to realise how little things like a random Thursday morning sticky date pudding have built up over the years to create the feeling of home. As the weather gets cooler and I get busier, I start to crave things my Mum makes. While I do have a few baby sticky dates stashed in the freezer, I wanted to create a more nourishing every day breakfast variety of sticky date pudding which I could eat for breakfast.

I would never try to replace my Mums sticky date pudding with this recipe, I don’t believe it is a good thing to make “healthy” versions of the foods we love just for the sake of being “healthy”. However I do think it is important to set yourself up for a good day, which includes a nutritious breakfast with adequate protein, good fats, fibre and carbohydrates. Chia seeds are an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids, so I love to include these often as part of my meals. They also give a lovely gooey texture to porridge.

Sticky Date Chia Porridge

sticky date chia porridge

 

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Rolled Oats
  • 2 tablespoons Chia Seeds
  • Milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Essence
  • 6 Dried Dates, chopped & pitted
  • 1 teaspoon Honey
  • Cinnamon
  • Coconut flakes
  • 1/2 banana, optional
  1. Into a small saucepan go the rolled oats and chia seeds. Pour in milk to cover and set to medium heat - stircontinuously to prevent the chia seeds sticking to the bottom of the pan. As the porridge warms add some good quality vanilla essence and 3-4 chopped and pitted dates. When the mix starts to froth and bubble stir and reduce the heat to low.
  2. Add a little more milk as needed, to your desired consistency as the chia and oats start to absorb the liquid and cook for another 3 minutes or so.
  3. Stir through 1 teaspoon of honey and serve with a few slices of banana, cinnamon, coconut and extra dates sprinkled over the top.

 

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