My go-to breakfast for colder mornings – porridge is filling and cosy, and can be flavoured with whatever you have available in your kitchen. Oats are a source of beta-glucan, a type of fibre that can help lower LDL cholesterol and reduce risk of cardiovascular disease.
⅔ cup whole oats ¾ cup milk or milk alternative ½ cup water CARROT CAKE Add-ins: ½ cup grated carrot + ¼ teaspoon mixed spice + 4 large dates, chopped Toppings: 2 tablespoons walnuts + 1 tablespoon shredded coconut + 2 teaspoons pumpkin seeds
APPLE AND WALNUT
Add-ins: ½ cup grated or diced apple + ½ teaspoon cinnamon
Toppings: 2 tablespoons walnuts + 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
BANANA AND COCONUT
Add-ins: 1 banana, chopped + ½ teaspoon cinnamon + coconut milk (instead of regular milk)
Toppings: 1 banana, sliced + 2 teaspoons shredded coconut
PEANUT BUTTER AND CACAO
Add-ins: 1 banana, chopped + 2 teaspoons cacao powder
Toppings: 1 tablespoon peanut butter
Heat oats, water, milk plus your choice of add-ins in a pan over medium heat for around 5-10 minutes, stirring often, until liquid is absorbed and oats are soft.
Transfer to serving bowls and decorate with appropriate toppings.
Makes 2 Serves