Ojas, according to Ayurveda, is the biological energy that is responsible for our energy, vitality, longevity, immunity, softness and glow. During the fall and winter seasons, Vata tends to increase, depleting Ojas in the body and leaving one fatigued, unmotivated, dried out and prone to sickness. If you are suffering from feelings of depletion, this recipe is a great way to start to regain your vitality for the fall and winter to come.
This particular Ayurvedic recipe is extremely nourishing, sustaining and perfect for these chilly mornings. This oatmeal recipe really calms the nervous system and soothes the soul. Besides increasing one’s energy, immunity and vitality; this nutritious recipe is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, phytonutrients and loaded with healing properties. This meal is high in fiber, protein, healthy fats, iron, zinc, magnesium, manganese and copper. It is anti-inflammatory by nature while lowering cholesterol levels, reducing your risk for heart disease, balancing blood sugar levels and reducing your risk for obesity.
*See doshic variations at the bottom of the page to make this recipe more Kapha-friendly!
- Medium sauce pan
- Spoon for mixing
- Measuring cups
- 3 c water
- 1 c steel cut oats
- 10-15 raisins
- 2 dates, pitted and chopped
- 2 Tbsp shredded coconut
- 1 tbsp tahini or almond butter
- 1 tsp ghee (can be replaced with coconut oil)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon*
- 1/8 tsp cardamom*
- 1/8 tsp turmeric*
- Pinch of ginger*
- Pinch of clove*
- Honey to taste
1. Boil the water then reduce the heat to low. Add the steel cut oats, raisins and chopped dates.
2. Cook the oats, covered (leaving a slight crack to avoid overflow), for 30 minutes over low heat.
3. Remove from heat and add the spices, coconut, tahini and ghee. Stir until everything is evenly mixed.
4. Once the cooked oats are cooled a bit, add the honey to taste*. Sprinkle with an extra dash of cinnamon if desired.
5. Eat, enjoy and energize!
*Honey should never be heated or cooked over 108 degrees as it will become toxic to the system.
Optional Doshic Variations
This recipe is great as is for Vata types and during Vata imbalances.
To make this recipe even better for Pitta types, one should use almond butter rather than the tahini and maple syrup instead of honey. Otherwise this recipe can be left as is.
Kapha types will want to use buckwheat groats instead of the steel cut oats (same proportions). They can eliminate the dates and replace the 2 Tbsp of shredded coconut with 1 Tbsp freshly ground flaxseed. The amount of ghee can be cut in half to 1/2 tsp. The spices can be doubled to help aid in digestion and add a bit of lightness to the meal.