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Yes! I know, any old fool can stir oats in a pan, but that makes grey slop, not proper porridge. So rest assured, this is special porridge which has been perfected over many cold winters.
It’s official. Breakfast is the best meal of the day. Just think about it: waffles, pancakes, French toast, omelette (or some form of tofu), granola and. . . PORRIDGE!!! (basically oatmeal for those of you who aren’t familiar with the English name). Creamy (lumpy), soft (sloppy) and (potentially) full of flavour – porridge doesn’t have to be boring. I like to make it the old fashioned way in a pan over the hob, armed with a spoon and 10 minutes to get breakfast. However, eating bland porridge every day is a bit of a breakfast crime. So, it became apparent that I had to spice it up – but still keep the wholesome, simple joy of shoving just oats and (soy) milk in a pan. Obviously, peanut butter was the answer.
Going back to breakfast, not only is it the best meal, it has to be the most important. You are essentially breaking a 12 hour fast, AND preparing yourself for the rest of the day. That is why oats are so good, with a low glycemic index, they offer slow release energy that will fill you up (no need for mid day snacking) and keep you going. Compare this to the sugar rush then energy crash of high sugar, processed cereal, and suddenly 10 minutes stirring a bowl of oats seems worth it:)
but mainly; YUM! Porridge!
Throw it all in a pan on medium heat
Bring on the peanut butter!
Ingredients (only 3!)
160 – 200mls of any type of milk (or water if you are happy to sacrifice extreme creaminess)
A sachet of instant oats (for lazy days – sainsburys recommended) or about 25g of proper oats (when I want to do it properly)
1tbsp peanut butter, that’s it!
1) Pour the milk into a small pan at a medium heat and let it heat a little.
2) Next, add the peanut butter and stir until smooth (of course, you could use crunchy in which case it won’t be completely smooth)
3) Add all the oats and stir gently. At this point, you can add any extra flavours if you so wish – try maple syrup for a bit of sweetness, or cinnamon and allspice for a warming spiced porridge. However, you really don’t need to add anything else for it to taste great!
4) Continue stirring the porridge while it thickens. You can turn the heat up a little as long as you are stirring. After a while, the mixture will start to bubble. This is not only an awesome sound, it also signals that your porridge is almost done.
5) Take your porridge off the heat when it is a little runnier than how you usually like it, as it will thicken once in the bowl. Add any toppings (maple syrup and nuts is supposedly amazing, but cold milk and brown sugar is traditional and will form a hard caramel – like shell) or stir in some yogurt for some extra creaminess (and volume :D). Most importantly, tuck in and enjoy porridge made the right way:)
Serves – 1 Time – Around 10 – 15 minutes Ingredients – 3
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As breakfast is now officially the best meal, you can also combine your porridge with pudding! Try layering left over stewed fruit with porridge, toasted nuts and even granola for a tasty porridge and crumple (crisp) combo.
And don’t forget, you can use any type of nut butter or milk. Feel free to add in any spices or nuts too. Hope you enjoy your porridge:)