Cardamom Lavender Strawberry Porridge

(serves 2)

2 Cups Multigrain, multiseed porridge oats* 
1tsp Maca Powder 

1/2 tsp Cinnamon
Pinch of Salt
1 1/2 Cups Almond Milk

2 Cups Coconut Water

For the Strawberries:
1 cup of fresh ripe strawberries
1tsp dried lavender
Seeds of 1-2 cardamom pods  
1tbsp maple syrup

Toasted Coconut Flakes
Almond Butter

* you can buy multiseed porrdige oats already mixed in the super market, otherwise its very easy to make your own mixture - I like to combine oats, barley flakes, rye flakes, linseeds, pumkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and poppy seeds. I add or subtract ingredients according to what I have in the cupboards

- Begin by combining the dry ingredients: mix together the porridge, cinnamon, maca and salt together in a pan to remove any lumps and make sure everything is well incorporated.
- Add the coconut water and stir well over a low heat. After a few minutes the coconut water will be absorbed. Add the almond milk and continue to stir over the low heat for a few more minutes - until the porridge reaches the consistancy you desire, then remove from the heat.
- Slice up the strawberries and place in a bowl with the lavender, cardamom, and maple syrup. Stir through.
- To serve up, option to add toasted coconut flakes and/or almond butter

Health Benefits...

By incorporating the warming spices of cinnamon and cardamom, the meal becomes much more easily digestible. As a general rule, Āyurveda is against combining fruits with cereals. However, by incorporating digestive spices we can aid the healthy processing of the fruits, which is hugely exciting because sometimes you just gotta have your fruit on your porridge right?
I like to add MACA into my breakfasts wherever possible because of its endless health benefits. This Peruvian superfood is an amazing ix of fibre, minerals and carbohydrates - incredibly high in vitamin B2 and iron, and rich in calcium, zinc, and fibre. It is an excellent source of protein and B vitamins.