5 ways to Pimp your Porridge!

Porridge - Olga MiltsovaOften when people hear the word porridge they think of a bowl of pallid, sludgy and boring old oatmeal. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

I´ll admit, it doesn’t sound very glamorous or exciting at first – but with a little imagination and experimentation in the kitchen, you can kick-start your mornings with the world’s healthiest and cheapest super food!

Porridge is high in fibre, and has therefore been proven to improve bowel functions, reduce risks of diabetes, lower cholesterol and to help you lose weight by maintaining steady blood sugar levels throughout the day.

In addition, studies have shown that porridge can boost your energy levels, help your concentration and that it is good for hangovers as it reduces toxins in the body.

Still not convinced? Hopefully some of my favourite porridge recipes will win you over.

Blueberry and Cinnamon-Porridge

Recipe: Mix oats with your preferred amount of liquid (for this recipe I recommend milk or almond milk) and heat over a stove or in the microwave. When it’s close to finished mix in a pinch of salt, some sweetener (I use erythritol), a teaspoon of cinnamon and/or ground cardamom – and loads of blueberries. Top with more cinnamon, if you’re an addict like me.

Peanut butter & Jelly-Porridge

Few things can compete with the PB & Jelly combination, and that goes for porridge as well. Make porridge with salt and sweetener (as described above) and top with a tablespoon of crunchy peanut butter and a swirl of raspberry jam. Heaven!

Choco-Porridge

Now this is one of my favourite recipes. Make porridge as described above, and when it’s done – mix in a scoop of chocolate protein powder and a tablespoon of 100 % cocoa powder. This recipe works with any other flavoured protein powder, so feel free to experiment and use your favourite.

Overnight Coconut-porridge

Don’t have time to make porridge in the morning you say? Well, maybe this is the recipe for you. Before you go to bed, mix oats, coconut milk, chia seeds, sweetener and a pinch of salt in a bowl and place in the fridge overnight. Heat up in the morning, or eat cold, and top with some shredded coconut.

Strawberry and Banana Baked-Porridge

Lately I have been obsessed with baked porridge. And why wouldn’t I, it tastes like cake. Mix oats, milk, ½ mashed ripe banana, some sliced strawberries, a bit of vanilla extract, a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of baking powder and place in the oven at 180 degrees for around 20 minutes. Top with more strawberries and enjoy.

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