The fact that the last three of my posts have been centred around the humble oat is not going to stop me writing about my favourite breakfast of all time, porridge!
Porridge needs no introduction so i’ll get straight into my simple steps to the perfect creamy, filling, tasty oatmeal.
I get asked a lot how I cook my oats, and while it is as simple as heating a rolled grain in some liquid, it takes some skill to produce a porridge worth eating every day for the rest of your life!
Your choice of milk
Additions: vanilla, cinnamon, banana, stevia, honey, chia seeds, grated carrot/apple etc
Step 1: The night before
Soak 30-50 g of oats in enough cold water (to evenly cover the oats) overnight, cover and set aside. – I say overnight as it makes the creamiest porridge, however 30 mins in the morning will do. I soak my oats in a small saucepan to avoid cleaning another bowl, easy!
Step 2: In the morning
Add 1/4 cup of milk (I use unsweetened unflavoured almond milk) and whatever you please to your porridge, I will write some of my favourite combos down below!
Place the saucepan over a low heat and stir. I prefer to cook my oats slowly so they absorb the water as they expand and become a beautiful creamy consistency.
As the oats start to bubble, add more milk if need be. It is hard to say how much milk you will need as this depends on soaking time and how thick/thin you prefer your porridge!
Once the oats have completely absorbed all the liquid and the desired consistency is reached, take off the heat and pour into a bowl and top with your favourite fruit, nuts, yoghurt, sprinkles, honey etc! The options are (seriously) endless.
My favourite combos
#1: 1/4 Banana, tsp cinnamon and a pinch of stevia added to the mix, topped with more banana and something crunchy (muesli, coconut, nuts)
#2: a tsp vanilla essence or powder, 1 tsp chia seeds and some stevia added to the mix, topped with warmed raspberries and toasted coconut
#3: Half a grated carrot, tsp cinnamon and tsp vanilla added to the mix, topped with greek/coconut yoghurt and chopped walnuts
#4: 1/2 banana added to the mix, topped with classic honey
#5: Plain oats with tsp vanilla, topped with grated apple and blueberries!
#6: Tropical oats: mango, passionfruit and toasted coconut on top!