There are few combinations better than strawberry and mint (except for maybe apples and cinnamon). There is simply something tantalisingly fresh and uplifting that a crisp bunch of mint leaves can bring to the table. And to a table of strawberries; a punnet of delectable red jewels rich with the heavy sweetness of summer, mint is the perfect companion.
If you have yet to try this winning combo, this recipe is the perfect place to start. Easy to prepare and quick to make, it elevates the stodgy oatmeal to a new plain of pure deliciousness. And while you’re enjoying your super luscious breakfast, you can also feel tick your Vitamin C box for the day. Strawberries are not only rich in this immunity boosting vitamin, but are also bursting with high levels of antioxidants, as well as maganese. Interestingly, if you’re freezing your strawberries, they will retain higher levels of Vitamin C if kept whole.
If you like a bit of crunch in your breakfast, you’ll appreciate the addition of sunflower kernels (or seeds) to this recipe, which add a nice twist and are high in Vitamin E and a host of beneficial minerals. We peeled a pear into one long ribbon and then wound it up so that it would create a rose or tree effect, which was quite fun and made the whole thing look rather spectacular.
If you have an extra bunch of fresh mint on hand, why not indulge in an invigorating cup of mint tea. Simply fill your favourite large teacup with a generous (and by generous we mean like a big, glorious, heady) bunch of mint, stems and pour freshly boiled water till the mint is satisfactorily covered. Allow to steep for 5-10 minutes and enjoy!
- ⅔ cup of oat or almond milk
- ½ teaspoon of finely chopped fresh mint
- 4-5 strawberries, chopped
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla essence
- 7 tablespoons organic whole oats
- 1 tablespoon sunflower kernels/seeds
- 1-2 teaspoons of natural sweetener (agave, maple or coconut sugar) to taste
- A pinch of salt (we love pink Himalayan salt)
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- Infuse the almond or oat milk with the vanilla essence, chopped mint and chopped strawberries. Let stand for 5-10 minutes
- In a small pot, combine the remaining ingredients.
- Over a medium heat, gently stir in the milk mixture through the dry ingredients and continue stirring for 8-10 minutes until well combined and most of the liquid has been absorbed by the oats. Reduce the heat if the mix starts to bubble.
- To serve, top oats with baby mint leaves, fresh strawberry halves, and if you're feeling particularly inspired, a pear ribbon rose.