It’s somewhat of a mystery how I haven’t turned into a bowl of porridge yet. I am utterly obsessed with its texture, taste, appearance and topping possibilities. I think that porridge has a negative association for some people because if it’s made wrong… it can be so incredibly wrong. As a child, I remember asking myself how anybody could think that the same gloopy porridge I had experienced, could actually taste good!
One negative experience with food as a child, can literally turn you off that food for years, or even your whole life! It is so important to retry those foods as you grow, and as your taste buds develop. You will be astonished at how different those foods will taste after years of trying other new things. I am so incredibly happy that I took the plunge and introduced porridge oats into my life again, just over a year ago.
Oats are the perfect option for breakfast time because they are enriched with fibre, plus they have a very high protein content in comparison to other grains. The soluble fibre; Beta-glucan which can be found in oats – reduces cholesterol and blood sugar levels, plus it increases the feeling of fullness. This feeling of fulness lasts for hours and may result in the consumption of less calories. Oats keep your bowel movements regular (if you know what I mean) and are the perfect way to naturally combat constipation.
This high-carb food provides you with that much needed energy-boost in the mornings – but don’t worry, their slow absorption means that this energy will last you for hours (unlike the sudden and non-lasting energy spike, which can be had from sugary breakfast cereals!). They are enriched with beneficial minerals and vitamins, and have a low caloric index – is there any better way to start the day?! Nope!
I pile mine high with berries, which have natural antioxidant properties. These antioxidants are anti-inflammatory and also may improve skin quality! They’re the perfect way to enhance your oats. However, the topping possibilities are endless! I also add 1 over-ripe banana to the oats during the cooking process, this acts as a natural sweetener and really improves the texture of the oats! This versatile breakfast food can be enjoyed with fruit of your choice along with chocolate sauce/peanut putter/jam etc. It is impossible to become bored of porridge when you can enjoy it differently every day.
Yield: 1 serving
- 1/2 cup of rolled oats (I primarily use instant/quick oats) , (Half a cup = 3 of the scoops which are included in many oat cylinders)
- 1 cup of hazelnut / almond / coconut / chocolate+almond (etc.) mylk (6 scoops)
- 1 heaped tbsp of milled flaxseed/chia seed/ linseed
- 1 mashed banana (make sure it is ripe)
- 1 – 2 tbsp of cacao powder (optional)
- Add the oats, milled seed, banana and nut mylk to a small – medium sized pot and mix well using a wooden spoon (if you don’t have a wooden spoon, a metal one will work too).
- Leave the oats to sit for a couple of minutes after mixing – to allow the oats to absorb the nut mylk.
- Place the pot on your stove top over medium heat.
- Continuously stir the porridge as it heats (this makes the porridge extra creamy), (it is very important not to leave the porridge, as it can easily burn and get stuck to the bottom of the pot).
- When the porridge begins to slightly bubble, add the (optional) cacao powder and stir it through.
- Remove from the heat and transfer the porridge to a medium sized bowl.
- Serve with fresh fruit, peanut butter and agave syrup. Enjoy!
MIXED BERRY COMPOTE:
Yield: 1 serving
- 1/2 cup of frozen mixed berries
- 1 tsp of agave syrup or maple syrup
- A splash of water
- Add your mixed frozen berries to a small non-stick pan over medium heat with a splash of water.
- Stew your berries, mixing them regularly to ensure that they are not sticking to the pan. Make sure that the strawberries in particular have equal exposure to the heat on all sides (as they are larger, and take longer to defrost than the other berries).
- When the fruit becomes soft enough, mash it with a fork as it continues stewing.
- When mashed, add the agave and mix it well.
- Serve over porridge oats, or on toast.