It’s that time of year again when the mornings are dark and cold, and all you want is a big, warm breakfast to start your day. *acts as if she doesn’t live in Scotland where mornings are dark and cold at all times of the year*
Porridge is one of my favourite things to eat for breakfast, especially in autumn and winter. A lot of people say “how can you like porridge? It’s so boring!” and it hurts my soul, so below I have concocted a list of all of my favourite porridge recipes for you to try out and experiment with and maybe they’ll soon be your favourites too.
Let’s get started.
the porridge recipe
Regardless of what porridge combo I am making, I will always use the same base. Now, as I’ve said before, I eat enough for a small village, so you may want to change your quantities. But my basic porridge base is usually:
- 60-70g oats (you can also use rice flakes, I get mine from here, or you can used cooked quinoa)
- Enough water (or use milk or plant milk) to cover it in the pan – add as much as you want to get the right consistency
- 1 tbsp of my seed mix (chia seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, linseed, flaxseed)
I mix it all in a pan and bring to a boil over a low heat, then let it simmer whilst stirring until it reaches the right consistency.
Now for some porridge combo’s.
apple and cinnamon porridge
- 1 grated apple
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- A few sliced dates/a handful of raisins
- A pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
Top with maple syrup or honey, and a last sprinkle of cinnamon.
Porridge can be a really balanced breakfast if you add in some protein. The best way to do this is by adding your favourite protein powder of choice. For mine I use My Protein Vegan Blend which I highly recommend, but you can of course use any protein brand or type of your choice.
You an of course add egg or yoghurt for a dose of protein – it cooks into the porridge and you can’t taste it at all. In the picture is a bowl of protein porridge using the My Protein vegan chocolate flavour, topped with sliced banana, granola and a big dollop of nut butter.
For this you can use your chocolate vegan protein, but I sometimes like a more natural chocolate taste. For this simply add:
- 1-2 tsps raw cacao
- some chopped dates or sweetener (date syrup, honey, maple syrup)
I love to top mine with, you guessed it, nut butter. What is also really tasty to add is some chopped or sliced fruit, 1-2 squares of dark chocolate, or these little Nakd nibbles (pictured).
CARROT CAKE PORRIDGE
This one is a particular winter favourite of mine. Simply add:
- 1 grated carrot
- 1-2 tsps cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- Chopped dates, a handful of raisins or some sweetener (maple syrup, date syrup or honey)
I always then top mine with some almond butter (the saltiness goes so well with the flavours in the porridge) and some crushed mixed nuts for a crunch. You can add blueberries and cacao nibs/chocolate chips as well.
There’s a tonne of different porridge combinations you can rustle up, but these are definitely my favourite winter recipes. You can mix a lot of them together, as the flavours are all quite similar and go so well together. For example, the carrots in the carrot cake porridge can be substituted with mashed banana to make a banana bread porridge. So try them out and experiment, and be sure to tag me or send me pictures of your own concoctions on Instagram! @bonnie_bfit
I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you want to see more recipes, check out my last post on my favourite homemade healthy sauces. You can also have a look through my fitness and lifestyle posts, and I would really appreciate if you would check out my Instagram and give me a follow over there. You won’t regret it, I promise.