The Porridge Post

Whether we like it or not, wintry weather is well and truly upon us. For me, winter mornings mean starting the day with porridge. As a child, I loved having porridge and getting as much golden syrup on a spoon as humanly possible. It was probably more golden syrup with porridge rather than the other way round. Now I still love a bit of sweetness to my porridge, but I avoid sickly sweet syrup in favour of some sweet and fruity recipes. I'm sharing my top three porridge recipes and toppings, all of which have dessert inspirations and are perfect ways to start a wintry day.

Apple Pie Porridge 

This is a deliciously cosy porridge, the sweetness of the honey is just enough for me and the cinnamon is of course so seasonal at this time of year. The more cinnamon the better!

For 1 serving you'll need:

  • 40g oats 
  • 200ml milk, I use coconut but it's personal preference 
  • 1 tsp honey 
  • 2 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1 apple 
Tip the oats and milk into a saucepan and place over a medium heat, stirring occasionally as it begins to bubble. After around five minutes when it looks more like porridge than oats and milk, stir in the honey and cinnamon, adding more to your taste if you like. When the honey has melted in serve into a bowl and top with chopped apple. 

Cherry Bakewell Porridge 

This one a perhaps a little less sweet than the others, but still delicious and tastes just like a cherry bakewell.

For 1 serving you'll need:
  • 40g oats
  • 200 ml milk, again I use coconut but it's personal taste 
  • 2 caps of almond essence 
  • 1 tsp honey
  • handful of cherries, frozen or fresh 
As with the previous recipe, start out by cooking the oats and milk on the hob, stirring every so often. When it's nearly ready add in the almond essense, you can always add more if you like but I've found 2 caps to be the perfect amount of flavour. Right about now, I add a teaspoon of honey to add a little sweetness. When finished, servce into a bowl and top with cherries. Both fresh or frozen will work, but if you are using frozen you can either defrost them first or add them from the freezer to melt into the hot porridge. 

Chocolate Porridge 

Chocolate is always a good way to start the day, and with this chocolatey porridge you're sure to be fueled for the morning, not to mention this porridge is super quick with only a few ingredients. 

For 1 serving you'll need: 
  • 40g oats
  • 200ml chocolate milk, I use alpro's chocolate coconut milk
  • fruit for topping, raspberries or orange work particually well 
Simply heat the oats and milk, stirring every so often. The porridge should be creamy and thick when it's ready to be served and topped with fruit. Adding orange segments is a really tasty breakfast take on festive chocolate orange, and raspberries are simply delicious with the chocolately goodness. Using frozen ones means they melt into a jamminess, divine! 

I'll defintiely be using these porridge recipes a lot over the coming months, what are your favourite warming porridge recipes?

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