Breakfast – my favourite meal of the day!
I have a confession to make. I use to HATE porridge oats! Not in the “Oh I can take them or leave them” kind of way. No, no, no I mean full on disdain …… the texture, the smell, the taste, the whole damn lot.
And now they are my daily breakfast and I love them. So how did I get from there to here? Easy. I force-fed myself them on a daily basis until I got used to them. JOKING!! I simply added some more flavour to them and now they rock my world.
See below for my favourite porridge recipe – its oatso’ simple………sorry!! Couldn’t resist. #DadJokeAGAIN
The kids have plain porridge made with milk & sweetened with a little honey (that there is called compromise) 4 school mornings a week. We normally chuck a few blueberries in too for good measure. Or if I have been really organised, some fruit puree that I would have made in bulk & stored in a jam jar in the fridge. (On Friday the kids can have what they call a “mix-up” which is essentially all the cereals in our house flung into a bowl with ice-cold milk – we stock Weetabix, Krispies & Cornflakes. Friday mornings are a highlight!!)
But back to me.
This is the key to liking porridge, if you struggle with it. PUT STUFF IN IT!
I’m going to share one of the first recipes that I stumbled across on my journey to fall in love with oats. It is a firm favourite of mine…..as is the entire book from which it originated.
I just LOVE this book by Ella Woodward, It’s simple & the recipes are not time-consuming, unlike many similar books in this genre.
I have not managed to get my hands on her new book Deliciously Ella Everyday as yet…..but hopefully soon that will make its way into my kitchen!!!
This is the most filling porridge & is super healthy to boot. I’m normally a microwave porridge gal as its quick. This is a little more time-consuming, hence why I’ve called it Saturday morning porridge.
3 tablespoons coconut milk
1 Sliced Banana
1 tablespoon Nut butter (Ella uses Almond butter)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Handfuls of flaked almonds and raisins.
Optional: Although not in Ella’s book, I sometimes add flax-seed and chia seeds to the mix.
Place oats in pan with 200ml water, coconut milk & half the banana.
Simmer for 10 minutes
Stir in nut butter & coconut oil until melted.
Lightly toast flaked almonds in frying pan.
Pour oats in to a bowl and top with almonds, raisins, chia, flax or whatever fruit you desire.
Yes, yes, yes those nuts are on the slightly brown side of toasted. 4 kids does that to you. Getting through without the arrival of a unit of the local fire brigade in my books is winning – this here is the stuff of champions!
There is an infinite amount of porridge recipes out there so my advice is just experiment with it. Whats the worst that can happen?!
The bowl pictured here is more like dessert than brekkie! Oats, almond milk, a teaspoon maple syrup & raw cacao powder – 2 minutes in the microwave. Happy days!!!
Your’s, looking forward to breakfast tomorrow already!!!,