September 21st 2013

Fall is here! Don’t you feel it? The leaves here in Uppsala have turned and when you look out the window you spot an orange-red explosion – so cozy. It is during these days I really miss Northern Sweden, because there we have all the mountains, the forest and so many trees compared to Uppsala (well, I might add that I live in the City, so I do not see that many trees) and in the mix of leaf-trees we have the pine trees that never turn.

Yesterday we were supposed to watch a new set of Hamlet at the theater, but we never made it due to Junior, don’t get me wrong, having a puppy that loves you is so awesome, but it is not  practical. Especially if you are a teenager that would like to go out once in a while. Hopefully we can find someone who can watch him until Swanlake. Are you the one? Call me!

Anyway I would like to share a breakfast recipe with you all. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, and since I am not in favor of pre-fabricated crap – I prefer my own, vegan oatmeal. Although I am not vegan anymore I feel like I would like to start my morning as clean as possible, oftentimes I just eat “plain” bananas topped with cinnamon – it is filling, sweet and totally good for you. I also have a cup of tea, of course.  What do you usually eat?  > Back to the oatmeal! This is my favorite oatmeal recipe, Chai oats!  I prefer making my oatmeal on a base of water but, as always, feel free to use your favorite milk substitute.  This recipe is really quick because I do not want to cook away all the beneficial nutrition of the oats and flax seeds.
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QUICK CHAI SPICED OATMEAL 1 portion
2/4 cup of steel cut oats
3/4 cup of water or your favorite milk substitute
2 T of flax seeds
1 T of chai spice*

METHOD
Bring your water to a boil and add your steel cut oats. Let it simmer for 30 seconds and then add flax seeds and yout chai spice*. While constantly stirring, let simmer for about 1-1,5 minute. Pour it into a bowl and let cool slightly, top with bananas, chia seeds, almond butter and cinnamon or whatever you feel like!

* Chai spice:  I prefer making my own chai spice consisting of (bulk mix)      or you can use a pre-made mix like David Rio power Chai.
2 T cinnamon
1 T ground cloves,
1 T ground cardamom,
1/2 T ground nutmeg
1/8 T black pepper
(optional) 1 T sugar

Enjoy your breakfast and have a lovely day! Today Henrik and I will go to IKEA to buy a wardrobe (and some meatballs of course!).
Love,
Cecilia

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