Porridge power – 7 ways for 7 days

porridge power

Making porridge
Making porridge

Making porridge in the morning will keep you fuelled with energy until lunchtime

March 31, 2017

Mornings are pretty frantic in most homes, so imagine the brownie points you could score by helping out and becoming porridge monitor. A bowl of porridge in the morning will keep you fuelled up with energy until lunchtime and it’s so simple to make, too.

  • Yields: Serves 4

Ingredients

150 g jumbo oats

250 ml milk or almond milk or coconut milk

750 ml water

A pinch of salt

Directions

1Put the oats, milk and water together in a deep saucepan.

2Place the pan over a high heat and stir with a wooden spoon. Be sure to hold the handle of the pan to steady it as you stir.

3A soon as the porridge starts to bubble and boil turn the heat down to a simmer.

4Keep stirring for about seven minutes until the mixture thickens and the oat flakes have collapsed.

5Once the porridge looks really creamy you’re done.

6Now it’s time for the real fun, adding your flavourings.

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Porridge – 7 Ways for 7 Days

Hedgerow

Stir one grated apple and a handful of blackberries into the porridge for the last minute or two of cooking. Top with a few more blackberries, two tablespoons toasted hazelnuts and two to three tablespoons of runny honey.

Tropical

Top the porridge with two sliced bananas, zest of one lime and two to three tablespoons brown sugar (this one is awesome if you use coconut milk in porridge).

Pure Purple

Stir a handful of blueberries into the porridge pan right at the beginning with the oats. Make the porridge as usual. Stir two teaspoons of vanilla extract into the porridge once it is ready. Serve topped with another handful of blueberries and 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup.

Crunchy

Sprinkle a handful of granola on top of each bowl and sweeten with about two tablespoons honey.

Mediterranean

Top the porridge with eight tablespoons Greek yogurt, 10 chopped apricots, a good handful of raspberries toasted flaked almonds or pistachios and four tablespoons runny honey.

Chocolate Heaven

Stir two tablespoons cocoa powder into the porridge in the pan once it is ready. Sweeten with about three tablespoons soft brown sugar. Sprinkle with two sliced bananas, a few raspberries and some toasted flaked almonds, if you like.

Crispy Bacon and Maple Syrup

Oh yes, this classic American breakfast mix is just the best porridge. Chop up eight rashers of cooked, crispy bacon and sprinkle over the cooked porridge. Sweeten with a swirl of maple syrup.

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