Recipe: #PerfectPorridge, Three Ways

Porridge is my go-to breakfast pretty much all year round. It’s often the only thing I can stomach before leaving the house, and it’s one of the only things that fills me up more than an hour or two. I was challenged by Flav Oats to come up with some perfect porridge, so I’ve enjoyed playing around with flavours and toppings.

 photo f16e134c-0a0b-49b0-b9f0-58647aeb7633_zpsp8a9lcvl.jpgBut first, how to make the perfect porridge? I make mine in the microwave on a weekday and I’ve finally perfected it. You need decent oats, not basics ones – they turn into mush. Take a wide bowl and cover the base with oats. Add cold water, about a centimetre over the oats. Microwave on full for 90 seconds. Take out, beat with a fork and add a little milk and sugar if needed. Microwave for another 30 seconds, stir well, add toppings, and eat.

 photo 1afaeb31-b803-40f8-bc51-8157b5cf39ec_zpsojhbf1sc.jpgNow the fun part, toppings. My usual is half a mashed banana (I add it instead of sugar, before the final blitz in the microwave), cinnamon and a scattering of flaked almonds. I’d never say no to a dollop of nutella, but I also love a swirl of peanut butter. Grated dark chocolate doesn’t go amiss – and one of the best porridges I’ve had was at Hula, with a dark chocolate and chilli sauce I’m desperate to recreate. I’ve also been getting inventive;
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Bounty Porridge

A small spoon of coconut oil, a scattering of coconut, and a little dark chocolate – this is a tropical treat that was as comforting as it was delicious.

Overnight Oats with Chia Seeds

Admittedly, I forgot to photograph this. Typical as it was the easiest one in the morning! But I enjoyed this, and can’t wait until the weather warms up so I can make it more. I have a feeling this would be great with berries, or for a treat – hazelnut milk and nutella. Yum!
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Porridge of Childhood

Something I rarely buy is golden syrup, but after swiping a bit from home I’m definitely missing out. I made a really creamy porridge with a little more milk than usual and added a good spoon of this. Sickly sweet, it took me back to being five years old.

 photo decc8f24-69ff-4571-9363-a8d68e030051_zpsmquajgaq.jpgDisclaimer – I was sent some oats, toppings and other goodies in exchange for posts all about porridge. No money exchanged hands and all opinions are my own.

I’m assuming you’ve got the message that I love porridge! What’s your go-to breakfast?

  • Joanne

    Ooh, sounds lovely! I love adding cinnamon and bananas too! This is the best. Thanks for sharing. Xx

    THOUGHTS IN TIFFANY BLUE

    • ninegrandstudent

      Great minds think alike! x

  • Bounty porridge is such a good idea!
    I like apple and cinnamon together in porridge!
    Rosie
    x
    http://www.anenglishrosie.blogspot.co.uk

    • ninegrandstudent

      It’s gorgeous. Not the best in terms of fat content, but it IS coconut oil. I’ve been cutting down carbs and upping fat anyway, so it’s a great breakfast for me! x

  • Jennifer K

    I love porridge made with milk and a good swirl of golden syrup! I’m sure there are healthier toppings I could use, but this is so easy and a treat on a cold morning!
    Jennifer x

    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

    • ninegrandstudent

      I do love it made like that! x

  • emily

    My go-to breakfast is 2 slices of whole wheat toast with butter and jam. No margarine, it’s disgusting! Lately I’ve been having strawberry jam but with summer around the corner I’m looking forward to making some homemade jam with local fruit from the farmer’s markets.

    • ninegrandstudent

      I agree, hate margarine! x

  • Angela

    I love porridge. Personally not keep on it with just water, I prefer to make it with milk. certainly going to have to try your idea with cinnamon. I adore cinnamon. I’ve no idea how I’ve never thought of adding tit to porridge!

    Angela

    http://onlycrumbsremain.blogspot.co.uk/

    • ninegrandstudent

      I find adding milk at the beginning means it can boil and taste a bit bitter or (even worse) cheesy. I occasionally add a splash of milk at the end for creaminess, but I’ve found most of my toppings (bar the golden syrup one) don’t really need it! x

  • Yum! I love porridge for breakfast too – Im the same with you, only thing which fills me up! I usually make it with soy which sweetens it too, so good! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

    • ninegrandstudent

      I used to love it with soy! Dairy really upsets my stomach, but gradually I started reacting even worse to soy. I use lacto-free milk now which seems to work for me! x

      • Ohh nice! Yeah I started using like a coconut based milk and it tastes sooo good as well! x

        • ninegrandstudent

          Might have to try that! x

  • Marianne French

    I am completely obsessed with porridge at the minute, although i prefer to make it with Soya milk rather than water. Great ideas for the morning

    http://www.westfourteen,wordpress.com

    • ninegrandstudent

      I wish soya milk agreed with me more as I do really enjoy it! x

  • love porridge! Never get bored of it as it’s so versatile.

    Nosebag NI | Food & Lifestyle – http://www.nosebagni.com

    • ninegrandstudent

      I agree, you could have a different flavour every day for a long time! x