In Praise Of Porridge
It's officially porridge season. We share with you our favourite recipes...
The humble bowl of porridge – so simple, yet so nourishing. A steaming bowl of porridge on a cold morning can help you face a busy day ahead, providing enough energy to see you through to lunchtime.
And porridge isn’t limited to oats and water, not by a longshot. Up your breakfast game with our easy ideas to boost your porridge to the next level!
Base – about 50g per serving
Oats are the classic porridge base, nutritious and filling. Apothecary 27’s vanilla oats make a delicious porridge and add a touch of sweetness without sugar.
But other grains can be used for porridge, with equally scrumptious textures: amaranth, buckwheat groats, quinoa, rice… porridge is also a frugal way to use up leftover grains from dinner.
Liquid – from 150ml-300ml, depending on how creamy you like your porridge
Water is all that’s needed to cook the grains, but milk or a milk alternative makes a creamier breakfast bowl. Try soya, almond and oat milks, or coconut milk for added flavour.
Sweetener – optional
If you like a bit of sweet, honey and maple syrup are natural sweeteners. Xylitol birch sap sugar will sweeten your bowl without the side effects of cane sugars.
Extras – boost your breakfast!
Here’s the fun part. Before you tuck into your bowl, add a combination of fruits, nuts, and nutritional blends to increase the healthy benefits of porridge.
Fruit: Take advantage of seasonal fruits, or a handful of dried fruits in the winter months. Grated apple, sliced banana, fresh or frozen berries, all pair beautifully with porridge. Sultanas, dried cherries, goji berries and chopped apricots and dates are great dried fruit choices.
Nuts: Chopped or ground, any nuts you fancy will add protein and other nutrients. Try 2Die4’s Activated Nuts for an extra nutritional punch.
Seeds: Sunflower, flax, sesame, pumpkin – mix a range of seeds for added texture and beneficial oils.
Toppings: Brands like Linwoods have made life easier for us by blending health-boosting seeds, fruits and nuts into ground mixtures – just sprinkle a spoonful on top and you’re set.
Other goodies: Greek yogurt, coconut yogurt, nut butters, cinnamon, ginger…we could go on and on!
Our favourite porridge flavour combinations:
Almond butter and dried cherries
Maple syrup, sliced bananas and chopped pecans
Honey and mixed berries
Grated apple and cinnamon
The basic technique: Put your base ingredient in a saucepan with the liquid, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and stir occasionally from about 5-15 minutes, depending on your base and how quickly the grain cooks, until much of the liquid is absorbed and the porridge is a creamy consistency. Remove from heat, add toppings and enjoy!
The speedy version for oat porridge: Mix the oats and liquid in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for about five minutes, stirring halfway through. Have you tried any other grains in the microwave? Please let us know!