5 Ways To Give Your Porridge A Makeover
As a huge fan of anything oat-based, this post is dedicated to the humble cereal grain. Whether you like them in energy bars, a crumble mix or in savoury dishes, I thought I’d share a few ideas on how to give the common bowl of porridge a bit of a twist.
Providing slow-releasing carbohydrates for longer lasting energy, plenty of fibre and a whole host of nutrients, this ‘superfood’ (my words) can help to lower cholesterol, prevent heart failure, stabilise blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of diabetes. Not bad for an affordable, accessible grain, right?
So let’s see how they can be pimped up (all serve one):
Apple Pie Overnight Oats
Add 1 grated apple, 1 tsp mixed spice, 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder and a handful of raisins to 4 tbsp rolled oats. Stir in 4 tbsp almond milk and leave overnight.
Choco-Banana-Peanut Baked Oats
Combine ¼ cup rolled oats, 2 tbsp cacao powder, 1 tsp baking powder and cinnamon in a bowl. Mash one banana and stir in with ¼ cup almond milk, ½ tsp vanilla extract, 1 tbsp peanut butter and 1 tbsp honey. Pour in a large ramekin dish and bake for 25 minutes at 190 degrees C.
Tropical Coconut & Chia Seed Porridge
Heat ½ cup coconut milk in a small pan. Stir in 2 tbsp rolled oats, 1 tbsp chia seeds and 2 tbsp dessicated coconut. Simmer for a few minutes, then stir in 2 tbsp natural sweetener and scatter chunks of mango and pineapple on top.
Pear & Cranberry Bircher Muesli
Mix together 50g oats with 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tbsp honey and 150ml almond milk and soak overnight. In the morning add a chopped pear, scatter over some dried (sour cherries) and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Rhubarb, Ginger & Pistachio Porridge
Cook 50g rolled oats in 150ml almond milk over a low/medium heat. Remove from the heat and stir in ½ tsp vanilla extract. Poach some fresh rhubarb and stew for 10-15 minutes until softened, then add some ground ginger and 2 tbsp natural sweetener. Serve on top of porridge with Greek yogurt and chopped pistachios.
mouth-watering to share?