One of my favourite things to eat in the colder months is definitely porridge, for breakfast or lunch! Sometimes I don’t think this meal gets the recognition it deserves, it can be known for being mundane and tasteless but I completely disagree. It is so versatile, easy to make, filling and really comforting to eat on a cold morning. As long as you’ve got your staples, oats and milk (dairy free for me) then you’re good to go – I do sometimes add in a scoop of protein powder too but you don’t have to.
Recently, I have been LOVING my porridge with cinnamon. I chuck in about a tablespoon (maybe more) with oats and milk in a pan, then sprinkle some on top as well. How can you not when it is such a tasty, festive spice?
My favourite topping, and I am completely obsessed with it, is caramelised, stewed, cinnamon (yes, again) apples. It is so delicious and is really simple to make. Add some water to a pan, just enough to cover the base, then put in a small teaspoon of sugar and bring to the boil. Chop up an apple and put it in the pan, along with some cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice if you have any (I don’t measure this I just put in what I think looks right). Keep it on the hob until the apples become soft and caramelised then put them on top of your porridge – it is as simple as that! You can also add honey or maple syrup if you’ve got a sweet tooth but I love the autumn spicy-ness of it without; it is literally the epitome of autumn in a bowl.
Some of my other favourite toppings are the classic, peanut butter and banana with honey. Simply make some porridge, then when it is ready and hot, add in the peanut butter so that it melts. Mix together and add sliced banana and honey on top – easy!
I also love warm berries and you guessed it, cinnamon. Simply, heat up some berries in a pan (my favourites are blueberries or raspberries for this) and add cinnamon with some honey. Once it is all heated through, add the mixture to your porridge; it makes it taste super sweet and is a healthier alternative to jam.