I really love porridge! It’s such a classic hearty, warming breakfast. I am actually really surprised at how many people want to try porridge, but don’t really know where to start. Sure, they know its made with oats and water? milk? but what else? Plus, at first glance, porridge can seem so bland, but trust me, this super simple combo is so delicious, you will turn into a porridge lover and begin to convert all your friends and family! This recipe is also very affordable, and you can always leave out the almond milk and substitute it for more water, too. It really is an all-around delicious, energy-packed, totally reasonable breakfast recipe!
My favourite thing about porridge is that you can add whatever toppings or mix-ins you want and it’ll still taste delicious. Heck, some people even eat savoury porridge, something I’ve never actually tried before. I used to enjoy a warm bowl of creamy porridge with tea at my grandmother’s house when I was younger, so it always bring back really good memories for me. What I was totally surprised to hear is that oats, which are used to make porridge, are packed with nutrients! Oats are actually a really good source of protein, about 11g per cup, which is great when you follow a plant-based diet. Oats also help to stabilize blood sugar, they contain tons of manganese which is a really important trace mineral which keeps your bones and skin healthy and if you eat 1 cup of oats then you’ve already reached your daily B1 recommendation, which rocks! I love adding special toppings onto my oats or mixing them in, like fresh or frozen raspberries, coconut shreds, maca powder, almond butter, cacao nibs or flax seeds! One of my favourite combos is peanut butter drizzled on top with chia seeds. You can follow more of my porridge creations through my instagram, where I love to post my breakfast, lunch and snack recipes!
- 1 mug of water
- 1/2 mug of almond milk
- 1 tsp maple syrup or agave
- 1 tsp each of cinnamon and cardamom, optional
- About 3/4 mug of oats
- 1/2 of a banana, cut into pieces
- Any extra desired mix-ins like 1 tbsp flax seeds or chia seeds
- In a small pot on the stove on medium heat, stir the water and almond milk for about 1-2 minutes. Next, add the sweetener and spices of your choice. Then add the oats and keep stirring really well, for another 3 minutes or so. Then add the banana and keep stirring.
- Once everything is nicely combined and creamy, transfer to a bowl and enjoy warm! Feel free to add whatever toppings you prefer. I love to add chia or flax seeds into mine and add some sliced fruit or almond butter on top - the options are endless!
- Mug = a standard sized coffee mug