Add seasonal fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts or seeds to this porridge recipe to make a really filling, healthy breakfast. Simply stir the fruit in once the porridge is cooked. Add even more spoonfuls of fruit to the top of your porridge to start with a good portion of your 5-a-day.
Thanks to the slow energy releasing carbohydrates in porridge, eating a bowl of these warming oats for breakfast should keep you going until lunchtime – and help you resist the urge to reach for a mid-morning snack.
- 100g porridge oats
- 200ml semi-skimmed milk
- Pinch of salt
- Extra milk to serve
- Choice of toppings:
- Toasted nuts and seeds with golden syrup
- Bananas and maple syrup
- Stewed fruits
Place the oats, milk, 300ml water and salt into a pan. Bring slowly to the boil, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon. Cook the porridge slowly for a couple of minutes, then pour into warm bowls (which will prevent it setting instantly).
Pour extra milk around the edge, then add the topping of your choice and serve immediately.
Top tip for making Porridge
Half the amount of porridge oats and milk if you are making porridge for one.
Porridge is the perfect breakfast option if you’re trying to be healthy. It’s a very filling breakfast cereal and will certainly keep you fuller for longer especially if you top with nuts, fruit and a scoop of peanut butter. You can opt for milk or water if you’re trying to cut down on calories.
Oats contain a soluble fibre which has been suggested to help lower cholesterol. Oats also contain magnesium, iron and zinc as well as B vitamins which are great for the body.
Some studies suggest that porridge is also good for weight loss as the oats help to keep you fuller for longer meaning you’re less likely to snack between breakfast and lunch.
Following a dairy-free diet? Just replace the semi-skimmed milk in the recipe for a dairy-free alternative such as almond milk or coconut milk. The overall taste of the porridge might be slightly different, but still delicious.