Creamy Porridge (Dairy-free)

DSC07729Do you like porridge? I love it! I have at least 12 different ways to flavour my porridge and I love them all.

Since I’ve started using almond milk, I’ve discovered it makes a super creamy porridge and I’ve never gone back to regular milk. I have also converted my boyfriend who used to hate porridge and called it “gruel” fancying himself some sort of modern Oliver Twist.

If you’ve never made porridge, don’t worry, I’m providing a step by step photo tutorial. It is quite easy, the only things to watch out for are not to burn it and to cook it to the right consistency, so that it is creamy but not sloppy. Then, you can add whichever flavour you like. I’ll provide a couple of ideas at the end of the post.

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Ingredients for 1 portion:

1 and 1/4 cups (300ml) unsweetened almond milk. Shop-bought or home-made.

1/2 cup (40 grs) of porridge oats. My favourite oats are Flahavan’s.

1 pinch of salt

DSC07720How to:

1.- Place a pot on a low heat. Add the oats, milk and pinch of salt.

DSC077222.- Let it cook until for a 2-3 minutes and you’ll see a sort of white foam forming on the sides of the pot. At this point start stirring with your wooden spoon. I’m no scientist, so I don’t have scientific proof, but I believe, stirring slowly and constantly at this point will make your porridge super creamy. It works for me 🙂 It will also prevent the porridge from sticking to the bottom of your pot and eventually burning, so there is another reason to stir.

After two minutes your porridge will start to thicken:

DSC077243.- Keep stirring until you reach this consistency:

DSC077274.- The process won’t take more than 5-6 minutes in total. Take the pot from the heat and serve your porridge. If you leave it uncovered for long it will develop a film on top, so it is better to eat it as soon as it is ready.

What is good about it?

1.- High amount of dietary fibre which helps fill you up thus reducing over-eating. It also helps keep blood-sugar levels on an even keel and reduces the risk for high cholesterol.

2.- Porridge contains a high amount of complex carbohydrates, which get digested at a slow pace, unlike simple carbohydrates. This gives you lasting energy. A 1-cup serving contains just over 27 grams of carbohydrates.

3.- High content of phosphorus. A 1-cup serving contains 180 milligrams, which is 25 percent of the recommended daily value. Phosphorus helps with energy production, filtering of waste through the kidneys and muscle recovery after intense exercise. Making porridge with seeds and nuts will create a high-phosphorus content in your meal.

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Here are some flavour ideas:

1.- Honey and cinnamon.

2.- Banana and maple syrup. Just slice some banana and top with a teaspoon or two of maple syrup.

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 3.- Cranberries, walnut and honey, with a pinch of cinnamon (most photos on this post).

4.- Fresh blueberries and strawberries. Leave the blueberries whole and slice the strawberries.

5.- Dried coconut, sliced almonds and maple syrup.

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Enjoy!!!

Namaste,

Paula

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