Now that summer is definitely over and the winter coats are coming out I am finding it more and more difficult to get out of my warm bed in the morning! The only thing that works? The thought of a big bowl of warming, nourishing and creamy porridge. While I happily eat bowls of porridge in summer, winter is when porridge really comes into its own. Once the weather starts to get cold I couldn’t imagine not having a bowl of warming oats. This recipe is my favorite way to enjoy porridge during the colder months as it is full of heart warming spices and is really super simple. The combination of sweet cinnamon, wintery mixed spice and spicy nutmeg will perk up your bowl of porridge especially if you find that porridge tends to be bland. A generous dollop of almond butter is a must as it gives a wonderful creaminess. My favorite thing about porridge is the toppings, I love figs, banana, berries, a sprinkling of pecans, some crunchy ginger nut granola and some freshly grated orange zest; this a time when restraint should not be practised, more means more!
Oats are such a great nourishing and affordable super food. The humble oat boasts a high amount of soluble fibre. A diet high in fibre has been shown to not only increase satiety and thus aid weight loss but to also lower the risk of developing colon cancer. What makes oats especially great is that they contain a class of antioxidant called avenanthromides which has been shown to fight free radicals which are cancer causing compounds. In addition oats contain a compound called beta-glucan which can reduce levels of hunger by increasing levels of the hormone cholecystokinin which fights hunger.
- ½ cup oats
- 1 + ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp maple syrup or honey (optional)
- 2 tsp almond butter
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp mixed spice
- Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
- Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan.
- Bring the oat mixture to a gentle boil.
- After 2 minutes reduce the heat and allow the oats to summer for 4-6 minutes.
- By this time the oats should have soaked up all the milk to make a really creamy porridge.
- Pour into your serving bowl and top with some fruit, nuts and nut butter.