Apple Pie Porridge

Get yourself in the autumn mood with this Apple Pie Porridge. It’s like having dessert for breakfast! 

INGREDIENTS (for one):

  • 40-60g rolled oats 
  • 1 apple, peeled and chopped into chunks
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 
  • Pinch of salt 
  • Milk of choice

Optional Toppings peanut butter. yoghurt, pumpkin seeds, berries, granola

METHOD 

  1. Put half of the chopped apple into a small saucepan with a splash of hot water and some maple syrup. Cover with a lid and leave to simmer over a medium-low heat for 5 minutes until soft. 
  2. Once the apples are soft, mash them into a smooth puree with a fork and add in your oats, flax seed, ½ tsp cinnamon, pinch of salt and enough milk or water to cover them.
  3. Cook over a medium-low heat, stirring occasionally and adding more liquid as necessary. 
  4. Meanwhile, in a separate pan, add in the other half of the chopped apple, ½ tsp cinnamon and about ½ tbsp of maple syrup. 
  5. Cook until the apple chunks soften slightly and start to caramelise. Set aside. 
  6. Once the oats are your desired consistency, pour into a bowl, top with the caramelised apples and any other toppings you like. See ingredients list for my recommendations!

Strawberries & Cream Porridge

Remind yourself of summer with these delicious strawberries & cream themed oats. 

INGREDIENTS (for one):

  • 50-60g rolled oats
  • 150g strawberries, chopped
  • Milk of choice
  • 1 tsp of Maple syrup or honey
  • a pinch of salt
  • Yoghurt of choice for topping (I suggest a thick, creamy one)

METHOD 

  1. Put the oats and salt in a small saucepan with enough boiling water to cover them.
  2. Let them sit for 5-10 minutes (this makes the end result even creamier!)
  3. Cook the oats over a medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add in 3/4 of the strawberries (saving a quarter for the topping) and stir.
  5. Add a splash of your favourite milk, stir, and cook for another 5 or so minutes (you can keep adding water or milk at this point) until the oats are your desired consistency.
  6. Pout into a bowl, top with the rest of the strawberries, a dollop of creamy yoghurt and a drizzle of honey or syrup (and some optional pumpkin seeds for crunch!).

Blueberry Jam Oat Bars

The perfect mid morning snack to keep you going until lunch time!

INGREDIENTS (makes 8 bars):

For the base: 

  • 140g rolled oats (separate 90g to blitz into oat flour in a blender or food processor) 
  • 40 ml maple syrup 
  • 40 ml coconut oil or margarine, melted 
  • Splash of vanilla extract 
  • Pinch of salt 

For the jam layer: 

  • 150g frozen blueberries 
  • 25 ml maple syrup 
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

METHOD 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C and line a baking dish 
  2. Mix all of the ingredients for the base in the bowl until the mixture comes together. It should be quite a soft and sticky dough. 
  3. Press about ¾ of the dough mixture into the baking dish using a spatula to make sure it’s smooth. The rest of the mixture will be used to crumble on top of the bars. 
  4. Place this and the remainder of the dough in the fridge whilst you make the blueberry jam. 
  5. Put all of the ingredients for the jam into a small saucepan and cook over a medium heat for about 3-5 minutes until the mixture starts to bubble. 
  6. Begin to mash the blueberries with a fork and keep stirring to prevent the jam burning or sticking. 
  7. Take off the heat and leave to thicken up for a few minutes. 
  8. Once the jam mixture has slightly thickened, pour it on top of the base layer and crumble on the remaining oat mixture on top. 
  9. Place in the oven for 35 minutes until the top is golden brown. 
  10. Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before placing it on a cooling rack. Wait at least 2 hours before cutting into squares so the bars have time to set.