Is there anything better than a tasty, warming hot porridge in the morning? Oats are packed with nutrients and fibre, which will provide you with lots of energy so you can kick start your day. Another big advantage is that they are available in every supermarket and relatively cheap. Here is a recipe that shows you how to prepare basic porridge and some ideas about adding some variety.
Porridge can be cooked in a variety of ways. The texture and taste change, depending on how long you cook it, or how much liquid you add. It even makes a difference wether you add the oats to boiling water or mix oats and water before cooking. You can also mix oats with other grains, such as rolled spelt or millet flakes. This is how I prepare my porridge:
50g rolled oats
350- 300ml water, plant based milk, or a mixture of the two
a tiny pinch of salt
In a medium pot, mix the oats with water and salt. On medium heat let the mixture simmer for about 5 to 7 minutes. Stir constantly. If you like a more liquid consistency add some more water or a splash of milk.
Fruits always make a great addition to oatmeal. Use them as a topping or stir them in shortly before the porridge is done. It doesn’t matter, wether you use fresh or frozen ones. Here are some of my favourite combinations:
Blueberries and cinnamon
Mango and coconut flakes
Smashed banana and peanut butter
Extra Creamy Porridge
You want a super gooey, rich oatmeal? Add one of these three ingredients to your porridge, once it is simmering. Stir well and let everything simmer for a couple of minutes.
2-3 tbsp of apple sauce
2 tbsp nut butter of choice
1 egg (make sure you whisk the egg into your oatmeal, otherwise you will end up getting some egg white chunks)
Add 1- 2 tbsp of natural cocoa powder and 2 tbsp of maple syrup to your oats, before you start cooking. For an extra load of chocolate, top with chocolate chips or cocoa nibs.