Orange blossom and coconut porridge

3-4 serves

You need:

2 ½ creamy coconut milk

½ cup of orange blossom water

1 cup of oats

½ cup of chia seeds

a handful of mulberries

a handful of goji berries

a handful of candied ginger (cut in fine pices)

¼ cup of pumpkin seeds

½ cup of coconut flakes

1 tsp of cinnamon

1 tsp of cardamom

1 pinch of salt

1 tsp of vanilla paste

honey / maple syrup (optional)

 

In a heavy bottom pot, heat up the coconut milk with cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla and a pinch of salt. Cook for 2-3 min on medium heat.

Add chia seeds and stir on low heat until they expand and the mix thickens.

Add oats, all berries and ginger into the mix, stir well on low heat for 2-3min. Add orange blossom water and continue stirring gently for another 2 minutes.

And voila, it’s ready! Add maple syrup or honey to taste.

 

Before you get cooking, check out the power of your porridge!

Coconut flesh, which is used to make coconut milk and flakes, is highly nutritious and rich in fibre, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.

Orange blossom water has a greatly soothing effect on the nerves and so helps in relieving stress and anxiety. It can also ease stomach ache due to indigestion or gas. Orange blossom water pacifies Vata and Pitta doshas.

Chia seeds are rich in fibre, healthy fats, magnesium, phosphorus and calcium. They also contain a decent amount of zinc, vitamin B3, potassium, vitamin B1 and vitamin B2.

Pumpkin seeds are super high in antioxidants. They are very high in magnesium and fibre. They improve prostate and bladder health, heart health, and can lower blood sugar levels.

Goji berries have powerful antioxidant properties that boost the immune system. They contain great dose of vitamin C, fibre, iron, vitamin A and zinc. These little red berries contain all 8 essential amino acids. For fruit, they have a surprising high protein content - a single 100g serving provides nearly 10 percent of your daily value for protein. The carbohydrates in goji berries are complex carbs, which means your blood sugar will raise slowly, reducing your risk of a sugar crash afterwards, and so they are a great remedy against diabetes. They also help release high blood pressure, fever, and age-related eye problems.

Mulberries are high in antioxidants, rich in protein, iron and calcium. The health benefits of mulberries include their ability to improve digestion, lower cholesterol, aid in weight loss, increase circulation, build bone tissues, and boost the immune system. The fruit also helps prevent certain cancers, slow down the aging process, lower blood pressure, protect eyes, and improve the overall metabolism of the body.

Ginger is part of the Zingiberaceae family, alongside cardamom and turmeric. Ginger is also packed with antioxidants that help protect the body from cancer, particularly ovarian cancer. Ginger is also full of antioxidants that protect the skin from free-radical damage that affects collagen production, helping you look younger. Ginger lowers bad cholesterol. It also helps fight inflammation and infections and boost your immunity. It also helps soothe upset stomach.

Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants, it has anti-inflammatory properties. It also is high in calcium. Cinnamon can improve sensitivity to insulin, which lowers blood sugar levels and has a powerful anti-diabetic effect. As little as ½ teaspoon of cinnamon daily can have positive effects on blood sugar levels, digestion, immunity and more. Stronger doses of cinnamon are also extremely beneficial for improving heart disease risk and lowering risk of diabetes, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.

Cardamom is used for digestion problems including heartburn, intestinal spasms, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diarrhoea, constipation, liver and gallbladder complaints, and loss of appetite.