whilA great way to start the day with a quick and simple delicious oatmeal porridge.
As a delicious quick breakfast or healthy snack, porridge is good for you, easy to make and will keep those hunger pangs away.
Read about the Health Benefits of Oats.
Do you need to soak oats overnight?
Jumbo oats do not require soaking overnight and can be cooked straight from the packet.
Tips for making porridge
Toasting the oats first brings out a delicious nutty flavour. Some people also add a pinch of salt but if you are adding sweet garnishes I don’t feel this is necessary.
Water or milk?
You could use water to cook the oats, just milk, or a combination of water and milk. Adding milk gives a lovely creamy richness to the porridge, and makes it more dense.
How to make it
- Toast the oats in a warm skillet.
- Transfer the oats to a small saucepan, adding the water and milk (and salt if using) and stir.
- Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for around 5 minutes, stirring continuously.
- Turn off the heat and cover, allowing to steam for another 5 minutes.
Porridge will thicken slightly on cooling so you may wish to add some milk to loosed it slightly.
Ideas for garnishes
Allow the porridge to cool slightly before adding fresh fruit.
- Baked bananas with a sprinkling of Demerara sugar
- Homemade apple sauce with raisins and a pinch of cinnamon powder
- Chopped dates or prunes
- Figs or mango purée and cardamom
- Peanut butter and strawberries
- Maple syrup and a small piece of butter
- Pumpkin, and sunflower seeds
- Pomegranate seeds and pistachio nuts
- Fresh berries
- Nut butter or nuts
How do you like your porridge?
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- 1 cup jumbo oats
- 2 cups water
- ½ cup milk
- pinch of salt optional
- Heat a small skillet over medium heat and toast the oats till they are fragrant.
- Transfer the oats to a small saucepan, and on medium heat, add the water, milk (and salt if using) and stir.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, stirring continuously. After approximately 5 minutes, or once the porridge looks creamy and has the desired consistency, turn off the heat and cover, allowing to steam for another 5 minutes. Garnish as you wish.
The ingredients here on EOTF are set out in grams & milliliters and in US cups & spoons.