Here’s a quick little way to spice up your morning porridge, essential at this time of year. The wind is howling outside and we feel lucky to have some time by the fire, watching the dramatic scenes unfold sheltered by the thick, stone walls of the Beach House. What a difference a pile of rocks makes!
We have just returned from some cheeky winter sun in Spain (see our facebook page for loads of holiday snaps) and Jane made this for our first breakfast. Perfect fuel for writing piles of Christmas cards. You know we love our porridge, but this little recipe will convince even the porridge naysayers that it is the best thing since marmite on toast!
I’ll be posting a few recipes soon, we’ve got some Crimbo decorations to get up first. We’d love to share some of our festive classic recipes. It’s all feeling a little christmassy over here!!!
We use Scottish oat here because they’re big and chewy and better for us. Rolled oats are fine and take less time to cook. Cashew butter is lovely, but you could opt for another nut/ seed butter. We say, treat yourself to a jar of smooooth cashews!
If you are taking it easy or avoiding gluten, there are some great brands out there offering gluten-free oats. Well worth a look.
There are zillion ways to jazz up your morning porridge, add fresh berries, toasted nuts, apple and blackberry, banana and peanut butter, rosewater, apricot and pistachio, chocolate and orange………but this was ours today.
The Bits – For 4 bowls
175g Scottish oats
650ml soya/ non-dairy milk
1 pinch sea salt
1 small handful toasted pumpkin seeds
1 small handful raisins
1 small handful desiccated coconut
2-3 tbs cashew butter
6 dates (de-stoned and roughly chopped)
1/4 teas ground cinnamon
Maple syrup (to taste)
Put the oats, salt and milk into a saucepan, warm for 10 minutes on a medium heat, stirring often, until the oats are soft. After 5 minutes, stir in the rest of your ingredients.
Add a splash of water to thin the porridge if you like a thinner texture.
You may not need the maple syrup, add as your sweet tooth desires.
You can scatter coconut, seeds or little sprinkles of cinnamon to make it look lovely. We were too engrossed with our Crimbo card writing!
Porridge is the perfect winter food. It is so satisfying and warming. Porridge keeps up full for longer due to the high dietary fibre content and helps to regulate our blood sugar levels. Porridge is also packed with complex carbs that gives us good levels of energy over a long period of time. It also has great levels of iron and vitamin A.