Take control of your breakfast - Be the porridge boss!
Porridge. So simple that some might say it's a bit boring. Not so, I say! Because this principle with a bit of insight can take you straight to porridge heaven. Read this post to learn my key tips to rekindle - or start - your love affair with this deeply nourishing, delicious breakfast staple. Forget branded, hyper-processed breakfast cereals. You will want to learn this!
I love porridge. Eat it nearly every day. It’s one of the cheapest, most versatile breakfast staples. It’s really good for you and it’s delicious. I make mine, Nordic style, with various types of grains. This gives the final result a more complex flavour and additional nutritional benefits. The texture also becomes more silky as, for instance, rye is much less gloopy than oats. There’s no right or wrong here. Below is a standard mix to get you started. But I encourage you to experiment with different types of grains in different ratios: buckwheat and millet are two other types that I’ve often incorporated. It’s really nice to use chopped or ground nuts and seeds in the base mix too. These can be added each time you make it or you can make the base mix with them mixed in already.
When cooking it you can use whatever liquid you prefer. I recently discovered that coconut milk gives an insanely dilicious result. So does oat milk (pariticluarly Oatly’s Barrista Edition.
Anyway, I think I’ve said enough. Now let's get onto how you'll become the porridge boss!
Ingredients for Nordic style multi-cereal base porridge mix:
5 cups rolled oats
2 cups rolled barley
2 cups rolled spelt
1 cup rolled rye
1 tsp sea salt
Mix everything together in a large bowl.
Toast half the mix in a large pan on medium heat until fragrant stirring continuously.
Combine everything again.
Use food processer or blender to b
lend half the mix to fine gravel texture.
Blend the other half to coarse gravel texture.
Combine everything again.
Your base porridge mix is now ready.
You can also add ground seeds and/or nuts of any kind straight into the mix before you make the porridge.
(FYI, if you don't have a blender, never mind - you can make this anyway. Just note that the 'quick' style method will not work, as it requires the mix to be ground).
For serving (one of a million versions):
1 cup of base porridge mix
2 tbsp chopped almonds
2 tbsp sunflower seeds
1/2 banana, mashed with a fork
1/2 cup of coconut milk
1 cup oat milk
1/2 cup of water
Traditional method (gives the most silky, smooth result):
Bring coconut milk, oat milk and water to a boil. Add porridge mix. Cook slowly stirring often for at least 5 mins. Adjust texture with more water or oat milk. You can also add more coconut milk depending on how ‘luxurious’ you like it.
Quick method (still super delish, and super convenient)
Bring liquids to a boil. Pour over porridge mix in mixing bowl. Stir well. Leave for 1 mins. Adjust texture with boiled water from the kettle. Done.
Top with chopped seasonal fruits, berries, seeds and nuts e.g.:
Peaches, raspberries, melon, sunflower seeds and almonds.