Nena Foster from First Hand Experience brings you the snack of champions.

First Hand Experiences love a good old soaked oat bowl. They provide slow release energy and keep bellies full until lunch; making perfect fuel for a morning playing in the forest. They are also a great source of plant-based protein and fibre. Soaked oats are simple to make and can keep for a few days in the fridge. For this recipe, we’ve added a tropical flair to Rude Health’s Banana Berry Oats with toasted coconut, banana, lime and every kid’s favourite, mango. If you don’t have time to soak these overnight, not to worry, a few minutes and few good stirs will do. Top with yogurt, extra mango and toasted coconut to start the morning with a bang.

Serves 4-6


120g Rude Health Banana Berry Oats

180g Rude Health Oat or Coconut Milk

20g chia seeds whole or ground

60g raisins

3 mangos, chopped, save some for garnishing

2 bananas, mashed

Finely grated zest of 1 lime

A squeeze of honey

50g toasted coconut flakes (you can buy these toasted or toast your own), plus extra for garnishing

Greek or Coconut yogurt for topping


  1. Combine the oats, milk and chia seeds. Stir and set aside while you chop the mango.
  2. Toss in the raisins, mango and banana and stir to combine.
  3. Next add the lime zest and honey. Set aside for 15-20 minutes until the oats thicken to a porridge-like consistency.
  4. Finally stir in the coconut flakes.
  5. Serve with a good dollop of yogurt and top with extra mango and toasted coconut flakes.