As it gets colder outside I seek a warm nutritious breakfast to start my day. Porridge is a real staple in our house and at least one of us eats it at some point every day.
My daughter Ella can be a bit fussy. I’ve struggled to get her to eat porridge, no matter how I jazz it up.
If I make a pot of porridge for the 3 of us I would have to blend hers ( or make a separate pot of Ready brek) with different fillings to mine and James. Then we tried it with cocoa powder – Game changer!
She loves it and so do I which makes breakfast time way more efficient because I’m able to whip up one big pot and apply different fillings to the porridge where necessary ( or make them do it themselves)
You can also still keep it really healthy. As long as you don’t throw in loads of sugar or use a sweet option with a lower GI such as Maple syrup or honey, and by a good quality cocoa powder or raw cacao.
I’m really into Lindt Chilli dark choc right now. It’s such a great flavour. When I make choc-porridge for myself I grate a bit on top.
Last week I thought what if I make the whole bowl of porridge chilli chocolate flavour, is that weird? Maybe, but it Works. It’s warm. It’s spicy and It’s chocolaty and sweet.
What better way to start your day. It also works as a really healthy pudding or warm evening snack.
So Here’s the recipe and I hope it brightens up your mornings too.
Ingredients: Per person
40g Porridge Oats 1tsp Chilli flakes or Powder 300ml Milk ( I use Almond, but any is fine) Honey or Maple syrup (sugar if you have none) to taste 2 tbsp Cocoa powder 1/2 cup of Fruit – The fruit I use is strawberries/ Cherries or Pears they are the tastes I love with chocolate but any fruit you love will work. Dark chilli chocolate. Greek yoghurt ( optional)
Start by adding the oats to the pan on a low heat I let them toast I the pan for a few moments before I add the milk.
Add your milk of choice, I use almond because I find it doesn’t make the porridge to thick but if you like your porridge a bit more thick and creamy go for cows milk.
Add the cocoa powder at this stage. I use Green and blacks because you need less of it and its got a lovely rich flavour. If you want to add more nutrition use raw cacao powder instead. any cocoa will do though.
Add your chilli flakes or powder. If you just want a little warmth I’d go with powder as the flakes give slightly more intense bursts. or if you’re really brave to add a little of both.
Cook for around 3-6 minutes ( or as stated on your oats packet) If it’s too runny cook a little longer, of it goes too thick add some more milk or water and heat through.
Add around 2 tbsp of maple syrup or honey ( if you’re using sugar you’ll need less sugar as it’s sweeter and has a higher GI .
When cooked to the consistency you like to pour into a bowl add your toppings.
Add your fruit of choice .
Grate on your dark chilli chocolate you only need around a tsp or two.
Add a sprinkle of chilli flakes and a drizzle of honey.
A dollop of Greek yogurt – ( look for one with live Cultures)
Eat your porridge while it’s warm.
Chai and Apple Porridge
I love Autumn and all the flavours and cooking opportunities it brings. So it would be silly not to head for the chai spices.
This healthy Chai porridge has all the taste of autumn and winter it’s also filling and nutritious and check out the TIP at the end to jazz up your apples if you have time.
Ingredients – Per Person
40g Porridge Oats 300ml Milk Maple syrup/ Honey or sugar to Taste Chai powder use ready-made or mix your own using a blend of Ginger, Nutmeg, Cinamon, Allspice, Cloves cardamom 2Tsp Chopped nuts 1/2 Apple ( eat the other half as a starter)
The same as above start by adding the oats to the pan on a low heat I let them toast I the pan for a few moments before I add the milk.
Add your milk of choice, I use almond because I find it doesn’t make the porridge to thick too much but if you like your porridge a bit more thick and creamy go-for cows milk.
Add your chai spice mix If you’re using a sweetened one taste it before you add sugar. I try to make my own spice blend but there isn’t always time if my reserves have run out so I’ll use a teaspoon of the Chai latte powder
Cook for around 3-6 minutes ( or as stated on your oats packet) If its too runny cook a little longer, of it goes too thick add some more milk or water and heat through.
When you’re happy with the constancy of your porridge pour into a bowl and sprinkle over a little more chai spice mix, some chopped nuts and a drizzle of Maple syrup and top with apple slices.
While your porridge is cooking you could jazz up your apples.
Slice them or cut int chunks Cook them for 5 minutes in 1/2 Tsp of your Chai spice, 1Tsp of butter and 2Tsp of sugar.
When you’re ready to top your porridge simply sprinkle the nuts on top drizzle with the apple mixture.