There isn't a more delicious way to start your day than with toasted vanilla walnut butter and honey oats!
- 40 mins
FOR THE TOASTED WALNUT BUTTER
- 250g walnuts
- 10ml vanilla essence
- 15ml honey
FOR THE OATS
- 500ml oats
- 8ml vanilla essence
- zest and juice of 1 orange
- honey, to serve
- blueberries, to serve
- For the walnut butter, preheat oven to 180°C. Spread out the walnuts on a baking tray and roast for about 20 minutes or until toasted.
- Blitz the walnuts for about 10 minutes or until a paste forms (it won’t be as smooth as ready-made, which is rolled with commercial rollers). Blitz in the vanilla and honey until well combined. Store in glass jars or plastic containers for up to 1 month or freeze for up to 4 months.
- For the oats, cook the oats according to packet instructions. Stir in the vanilla and orange zest and juice. Serve with a dollop of walnut butter, honey and blueberries.
- Making your own nut butters means you can control the amount of salt and sugar that goes into them, and you can avoid chemical stabilisers and preservatives. Plus, you can get creative by adding your own flavourings like spices, vanilla or even chilli sauce!
- Nuts, especially walnuts, increase your chances of beating age-related memory loss. They also contain vitamin E, which has been shown to prevent many forms of dementia by protecting the brain from free radicals.
- Oats contain a nutrient called choline, which helps cognitive performance and improves memory. It also releases energy slowly, helping maintain concentration for longer.
FEATURE: MARGIE ELS-BURGER ASSISTED BY NOMVUSELELO MNCUBE PHOTOS: DYLAN SWART
Magazine issue date: June, 2016