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!).

Chocolate Protein Porridge

It is so nice to know how many of you love my porridge bowls and by popular demand I have written up the recipe for my protein chocolate porridge bowl! Now particularly in the Winter months, I just find it so warm and comforting to start my day with a lovely indulgent breakfast bowl that is also a very healthy breakfast to get you going in the morning!

Oats are an excellent source of complex carbohydrates which means they are slow releasing carbs that will keep your blood sugar levels balanced throughout the morning. I add protein powder to my porridge bowls because they keep you fuller for so much longer; so if I know I have a busy morning ahead and may not have time to eat until lunch time –  I always opt for a protein porridge bowl!

In addition to the chocolate protein powder I like to add cacao powder. Not only does cacao provide us with additional health benefits but it also makes the recipe just that more indulgent and tasty! You can read my blog on the benefits of cacao here.

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Ingredients

  • 50g jumbo oats (these are the larger oats- can also use smaller ones)
  • 300ml plant based milk (I usually use cashew or almond)
  • 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
  • 3 heaped teaspoons of cacao/ cocoa powder

Toppings

  • A sprinkle of coconut flakes
  • A handful of almonds
  • Optional: fresh berries

Method

  • (The oats should take around 5-6 minutes to cook)
  • Heat a saucepan on a medium heat and pour your milk of choice and the oats in to the pan.
  • Stir every so often for 3-4 minutes then add the protein powder and the cacao powder.
  • Continue to stir the porridge so that you mix in the chocolate powders to the oats, snd you will notice the mix start to thicken and bubble. Be careful not to let the mixture stick to the saucepan. (You may want to add more milk depending on your desired consistency). Continuing to stir it with a wooden spoon will prevent this.
  • Pour the cooked porridge in to a bowl and top with your choice of toppings.
  • Enjoy!

I love to switch it and add different toppings every time- you can see my different porridge bowls on my instagram page.

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