That title isn’t a metaphor. I am actually talking about porridge. I’ve grown to love the stuff. Oat porridge, semolina porridge (which is awesome if you’ve never tired it), plain porridge, porridge with STUFF in it…
It’s all good. And I’m in healthy mode these days so long gone are the much loved Bacon and Egg Breakfasts.
Though I still love bacon.
So here are a couple of my favourite porridge combos for those chilly weekends when all you want to do is stay in bed with a nice cup of tea and a book with something nourishing to eat. And it can be done in a microwave – because I am a one-pot-wonder I prefer it this way but if you like to cook your porridge on the stove, go right ahead.
(These aren’t new, but new to me.)
Banana Nut Porridge
If you’re a nut, honey and banana freak like me, you’ll love this. The LSA adds a lovely nutty flavour without being as ProPoints/calorie damaging as throwing in a handful of plain ground nuts. And of course bananas and honey combined is food of the gods.
- 1 Serve of oat porridge. For me a serve is 45g which equates to half a cup of oats.
- Double ratio of milk to oats. (1 cup water to 1/2 cup oats.)
- 1 large definitely ripe-but-not-black banana. Um, I am not racist (banana-ist?) against black bananas. If you like black bananas, have black bananas. If you like green bananas, have green bananas. I like the natural sweetness from a ripe, slightly spotty banana and I’d personally save the really mushy stuff for baking.
- LSA – aka Linseed, Sunflowers and Almond. This stuff is killergood for you but can be high for ProPoints so watch your serves – 1 tbsp is enough for me. You can find it health food shops and in your health aisle at the supermarket.
- Honey … for honey love…
- Cook your oats with your milk as you see fit and while that’s bubbling away, chop your ‘nana.
- And that’s ‘nana as in BAnana as opposed to your actual Nana which would be gross…
- Unless you were a zombie in which case… nom?
- Anyway… once your BANANA is chopped and your porridge is cooked, throw it all together in the pot/bowl with your LSA and mix.
- Have a wee taste and see if it’s sweet enough for you. If you’ve used a ripe banana, it might not need anything but if you’ve used green banana or are an incurable sweet tooth like myself, mix in a teaspoon of honey. That’s really all you need and the flavour of banana and honey? OH. MY. GOD.
- Eat with wild, noisy abandon!
Tip: I like to make sure the bananas are slightly cooked into the porridge so I throw everything back into the microwave for 30 seconds. It increases the intensity of the flavour.
Apple Cinnamon Porridge (with Honey)
Are we sensing a honey theme here? Honey makes everything good.
- 1 Serve of oat porridge
Double ratio of honey to milk (see above)
- 1 Pink Lady or Gala apple, peeled and finely chopped. NO – DO NOT USE GRANNY SMITHS FOR THEY ARE FOUL AND DISGUSTING CREATURES.
- Cinnamon … about a quarter tsp (pronounced “tsssssp”)
- Honey or dark brown sugar … mmmm…
- Make your porridge… as you do… but only to 3/4 cooked! Then stop! This is important.
- Chop your apple. REMEMBER, IF YOU USE GRANNY SMITH APPLES YOU WILL DIE A HORRIBLE PAINFUL DEATH WHERE… I DON’T KNOW… A THOUSAND CAT TONGUES WILL FLAY THE FLESH FROM YOUR BONES… OR SOMETHING. JUST DON’T.
- Add your apple and cinnamon to your porridge and continue cooking until cooked. (Yep, that makes perfect sense.) Stewed apple is awesome so slightly softened apple with the cinnamon makes this taste like apple pie… Mmm.
- If you want extra sweetness, add the honey.
- Munch and enjoy!
Tip: Alternatively, if you want a caramel-ish flavour instead of a honey flavour, add dark brown sugar.
For the Weight Watcher people: Obviously I can’t really give you ProPoints values as you add everything to taste and the volumes you prefer (and I no longer have access to the calculators to work it out) but generally speaking it’s a higher-than-average PP breakfast, which is why I would save it to the days you really want something substantial.