The Easiest Porridge Pots

Porridge. I feel like you either love it or hate it. The texture seems to be too much to handle for some, but for others, it's like a creamy bowl of comforting goodness. I fall into the later category. My first memories of porridge are the quaker packages of flavoured oatmeal, loaded with some brown sugar and cream. Now that's tasty stuff, however, I've moved on (from my grade 1 breakfasts). Steel cut oats are where it's at.

There are different types of oats to choose from and you can read about them here. But in short, steel cut are the least processed, then rolled, then instant. Interestingly enough, the nutritional value difference between steel cut and rolled is minimal, so use whichever you prefer. The instant oats however have a higher glycemic index and won't keep you satisfied as long, plus they are often laden with artificial flavours and unnecessary sugar. There's really no need to eat the packages as proper porridge is dead easy to prepare, even on a week day!

Here's a super simple recipe that you'll be able to throw into your occasional morning roster!

INGREDIENTS

*serves 2

1 cup nut milk

1/2 cut steel cut oats

dash of cinnamon

dash of nutmeg

optional & exchangeable:

maple syrup

handful of frozen berries

sprinkle of pepitas

chocolate chips or cacao nibs

combine the nut milk, oats, cinnamon and nutmeg into a small pot and bring to a low simmer. Stir occasionally and after 10 mins take off the heat, place lid on the pot, and leave to stand for about 10 mins. Pour into small bowls and add toppings of choice. Enjoy!

* you can also add the berries (any fruit) during the simmering stage if you want it warm and incorporated

*I usually turn the oatmeal on, make my hot water / lemon juice, coffee, take out my lunch etc. Once the 10 mins is up, I turn off the heat, stir the porridge and head upstairs to get ready while the porridge is sitting, then head down and eat before I leave the house. Or take it with me and munch at the office.

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