It’s amazing what warm bowl of porridge can do in the morning. It gives warmth, comfort and good fuel to get your day started properly.
It’s whatever you want it to be because of what spices, nuts, seeds, fruit you add to it.
It’s a creamy bowl of breakfast perfection.
Not to mention that porridge is really healthy and clean eating breakfast.
I really enjoy making porridge in the morning, which I think is obvious by the introduction I just wrote 🙂
What I don’t enjoy in the porridge making process is the preparation and how much time it takes to make it. I have to get all of those ingredients out: nuts, seeds, dried fruit and spices. No matter how organised my pantry is, I can’t locate at least one of the ingredients. Then I need to open each packet and jar, add what I want to the porridge, then close them, and put back in my cupboard. I always manage to make a mess on my counter, and the whole process seems to take too much time and hassle for the morning rush.
The thing is, I want my breakfast to be done in minutes. Even if it’s cooked breakfast.
I’m sure you can relate. There is no time in the morning for leisurely breakfasts. If I have extra few minutes I would rather spend them in bed, sleeping, not in the kitchen, cooking breakfast.
So in the morning making breakfast needs to be an operation performed with military precision and as little time as possible.
And this is how porridge mix came about.
I mix a big batch of oats, with other lovely bits I like to add to my porridge. I keep this mix in a big jar. In the morning I take ½ cup of the mix, I add it to the pan with 1 ½ cup of mixed water and oat milk, I bring it the porridge to the boil, and cook for 1-2 minutes. While the porridge is in the pan I get my fruit ready – usually a banana and fresh or frozen berries.
When the porridge is ready I top it with the fruit and breakfast is done.
And porridge done this way really takes 5 minutes to make.
Because there is only one jar to navigate not several small jars and bags with ingredients.
Once you add the porridge mix and liquid to the pan the porridge practically cooks itself.
Which gives you time to prepare your toppings.
I usually use fruit I don’t have to spend a lot of time peeling and chopping. That’s why easy peel, rinse only or frozen fruit is the best).
So you see you can enjoy your bowl of porridge perfection in the morning.
This porridge mix will keep in a closed container for up to 3 weeks. Once I’m out I make another batch and change the ingredients a bit to create different porridge flavours.
This is what my perfect mix looks like:
Oats – rolled oats, Scottish porridge oats are perfect. Use gluten-free oats if you have gluten intolerance
Nuts and seeds – I add one to three types of nuts and seeds to my mix. This way you add good fat and protein to your breakfast
Dried fruit – dates, dried apricots, raisins. They give natural sweetness to the porridge
Cinnamon – I always add cinnamon because it helps regulate blood sugar levels. Add as much as you like to your mix 🙂
Besides the above, there is a world of goodness you could add to your mix. Things like cocoa powder, desiccated coconut, cacao nibs. The more goodness in the porridge the better 🙂
This mix is a real time saver in the morning. It’s good to know that there is a jar of porridge mix sitting in the cupboard and it takes only 5 minutes to turn it into a perfect breakfast porridge.
- PORRIDGE MIX:
- 3 cups of oats (360g) - rolled oats, Scottish porridge oats (use gluten-free oats if you are gluten-free)
- 4 teaspoons of cinnamon
- ½ cup (80g) of sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup (50g) of almonds
- ¾ cup (100g) of dates
- 1 tablespoon (5g) of unsweetened cocoa powder
- FOR THE PORRIDGE:
- ½ cup of porridge mix (approx 80g)
- 1½ cups of water or plant milk, or half water and half milk
- fruit of your choice (I added mashed banana and blackberries)
- cacao nibs (optional)
- TO MAKE THE PORRIDGE MIX:
- OPTION 1: Finely chop almonds and dates. Add them to a bowl with rest of the porridge mix ingredients. Mix well and store in a closed jar or a container.
- OPTION 2: Add almonds and dates to a food processor with a blade attachment. Blitz until finely chopped. Add rest of the porridge mix ingredients. Mix well and store in a closed jar or a container.
- TO MAKE THE PORRIDGE:
- Add ½ cup of porridge mix to a small pan with 1½ cup of liquid.
- Bring to boil on high heat, lower the heat and simmer for 1-2 minutes stirring ocassionally.
- While the porridge is cooking prepare your fruit - peel and mash the banana, wash the blackberries.
- Once porridge is done, pour it into a bowl, top with fruit and cacao nibs (if using).