18 July 2007

Oats and Mango - Breakfast in a Glass : WBB # 13

When Madhuli asked me how I felt about Oats as a theme for Weekend Breakfast Blogging, I thought, wow, she's a girl after my own heart. According to me, the simpler and blander an ingredient, the more you can dress it up, the more creative you can get. It's like working on a blank canvas. Oats for me is one such blank canvas, it is just there to absorb any flavours you might care too add. This Oats and Mango- Breakfast in a glass is a two minute breakfast. With something as fast and healthy as this one on hand, you have no excuses for skipping the most important meal of the day.

Oats and Mango - Breakfast in a glass
Category: Breakfast drink
Time taken: Under 10 minutes
Makes 2 glasses

3/4 cup quick cooking oats
1 1/2 cups water
1 ripe mango, peeled and cubed
1 cup skimmed milk
2 tbsp powdered jaggery (or brown sugar)
1 large pinch cardamom powder
3-4 ice cubes

Soak the oats in 1 1/2 cups water in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 1 - 2 minutes till soft. If you have more time on hand, you could simply soak the oats in warm water for 10-15 minutes.

Blend all the ingredients together along with the softened oats to make a thick smoothie and serve immediately.

Note: You could substitute the mango with papaya and use a spice of choice instead of cardamom, such as cinnamon or all spice powder. The oats supplies the fibre, mango is rich in beta carotene and fibre. Skimmed milk is rich in calcium without any additional calories from fat, jaggery is a natural, healthier sugar alternative - all of which make this a super-healthy breakfast option. Even if you are not an oats lover, the other flavours will more than compensate for it. This is a perfect option for those who have very hurried mornings.
Also check out Oats for Dinner from an earlier post.

This is my entry for WBB # 13 starring Oats at Madhuli's Foodcourt. If you are an oats believer too, go ahead, make something, post it and rush your entries to her before the 25th July. I shall be back from my holiday to check out the round of all healthy breakfasts.


Raaga said...

Very good idea... will definitely try it out.

Cinnamon said...

A very healthy breakfast, which can be gulped down at one go :)

Altoid said...

Hey Nandita

Are there any other just-as-good fruit options? Mango isnt very easily available everywhere, here in the US.

Thanks in advance

DEEPA said...

very very healthy breakfast lady ....I wish i could have them today for breakfast

Lata said...

I eat fruit n cream oatmeal atleast 3 times a week and this has never occured to me. A great one, I will definitely try.

bee said...

nandita and altoid,
we tried this for breakfast today with peaches and raspberries (frozen) and loved it.


Cynthia said...

Well if you're going give me oats with mango, then okay, I promise to have my breakfast everyday :)

Roopa said...

wow thats a fantastic way to serve oats. i will try this i have mango and peaches!

shub said...

Ah in my early I-hate-oats phase I used to cover up the blandness by blending the goop with a ripe banana and drink it up warm. Heaven! :D

Vcuisine said...

A healthy drink Nandita. Very nice. Viji

Hima said...

Great entry. Love anything with mango.

Paz said...

Oats and mango? I like the sound of that!


Taste of Mysore said...

Hi Nandita, Loved the recipe. Anything with Mango will do for me. Have loads of thai mangoes at home, would love to try it out.

Mallika said...

Great idea for healthy breakfast. I eat a lot of porridge but never thought of turning it into a smoothie!

Anupama said...

Nandita, I really like this idea because though I always want to increase my consumption of oats they are not really a high favourite in the form of porridge for me as I don't like the their texture too much ,but I think as a cool milkshake it will be much easier to take in. I will have to use canned mango pulp though so I guess skipping the sugar will be good idea.

Anonymous said...

Oats and Mango breakfast...
this is the best oats recipe i have got till now. because it is very fast to prepare and also very very tasty.
thanks Dr.Nandita. and pls keep posting more of these super fast recipes.

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