Apple-Cinnamon Porridge with Raisins and Seeds
Porridge – the ultimate comfort breakfast food! I don’t think I will ever get bored of eating porridge, there are just so many variations to make it. You can experiment with pretty much everything: the type of your oats, what you put inside and the toppings, the best part. Having porridge for breakfast will keep you full and satisfied for longer, as oats contain dietary fibres. They also improve digestion, help to lower cholesterol and because their glycemic index is low, it is less likely that you experience any blood sugar spikes. Many people only prefer porridge in winter, as it makes for a warming and hearty breakfast, but I personally would have it any day of the week.
What you’d need:
- Oats – 50g
- Plant milk (I use unsweetened almond milk) – 150ml
- Water – 100ml
- Apple – 1
- Raisins – 15g
- Seeds mix – 15g (mine is a mix of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, golden linseeds and hemp seeds, but you can use whichever of these you have at home)
- Cinnamon – 1 tsp
- A pinch of salt
- Coconut oil – 1 tsp
- Optional: 1 tsp maple syrup (or honey, if you are not vegan)
How to make it:
- In a saucepan add the oats, raisins, half a teaspoon of cinnamon, salt, water and plant milk. Bring them to the boil and stir constantly with a wooden spoon or spatula, so that nothing burns. When it starts boiling, reduce the heat and keep stirring until you reach a thick and creamy consistency. This usually takes 3-4 minutes and when it’s ready, leave aside.
- Slice the apple into four pieces and save one for decoration. Cut the rest of them into small cubes and put them in a frying pan with a teaspoon of coconut oil and the rest of the cinnamon. Cook for five minutes on medium heat or until golden brown.
- Add the apple cubes to the oats, mix very well and transfer everything to a bowl.
- For the decoration, cut the remaining apple into thin slices and arrange them in the middle of the bowl. Sprinkle with the seeds on top and if you prefer your porridge a bit sweeter, you can add a teaspoon of maple syrup or honey.
Tip: I would also use some almond butter as a topping, it goes perfectly well with the apple and cinnamon flavours. It also adds some healthy fats to your breakfast and will keep you full for longer.
As you can see, the recipe is nothing fancy or complicated, but it shows my way of eating. I only use simple and easy to find ingredients and the fewer there are, the better (less is always more). I don’t use expensive, rare/weird or artificial ingredients and I don’t have the time to spend a lot of hours in the kitchen. We don’t have to overcomplicate food either – its main purpose is to keep us healthy and energised during the day, not to serve as a way of punishment or reward. It has to be tasty, of course, nourishing, and we should try to eat seasonally. Your meals should be eye-pleasing as well, if you have the skills and the time to make them look beautiful. But think about it, at the end of the day you will have spent two hours making something look nice, only to eat it in five minutes! 🙂 That is why here I will post recipes that take less time and effort without compromising on taste.
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