The English Pear: 5 Porridge Recipes

“Ahhh, this porridge is just right,” she said happily and she ate it all up” – The Story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Porridge is the best way to start your morning. It’s warming, affordable, healthy, and all round delicious. You can make porridge in many ways, but we’ve listed our five favourites below. We always use chunky traditional rolled oats cooked on the hob for the creamiest porridge (microwave porridge traumas pushed us to this). Add the milk of your choice and you’re ready to go!

1.Tahini and Banana Porridge

Whilst tahini is most commonly used in hummus, bear with us whilst we convince you to try this wacky alternative.  It bears similarities to nut butters (which we have a *slight obsession for), so adding it to porridge just seemed like a good idea. Due to its bitterness, banana and honey create a perfect balance. This is definitely a porridge to get out of bed for!

*uncontrollable

What you need:

  • Oats
  • Milk
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tsps tahini
  • Honey

How to make:

  1. Follow packet instructions for porridge.
  2. Finely slice the banana and add half in with the porridge whilst it is cooking. Stir in the tahini. Simmer to your preferred texture.
  3. Place in a bowl and top with the rest of the banana and plenty of honey

 

2. Carrot Cake Porridge

This has recently become quite popular and we are amongst the converted. Our version makes the most of the spices. Between us we have different ways of prepping the carrot – it’s up to you to choose!

What you need:

  • Oats
  • Milk
  • 1 carrot
  • Spices – a mix of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg
  • Sultanas
  • Maple syrup/honey

How to make:

  1. Follow packet instructions to make porridge.
  2. Caitlin’s choice – grate carrot and add to the pan with the oats, almond milk, sultanas and a pinch of cinnamon and ginger. Simmer until creamy. Place in a bowl and top with banana slices, crunchy peanut butter and maple syrup.
  3. Naomi’s choice – peel carrot and add to the pan with the oats, semi-skimmed milk, sultanas and loads of ginger and cinnamon. Stir in honey and serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.

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3. Apple and Cinnamon Porridge

Apple and cinnamon porridge is quintessentially autumnal. We make this using Naomi’s family recipe for homemade apple puree. Make up a batch and use it for apple crumbles too.

What you need:

Apple Puree:

  • Cooking apples
  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon

Porridge:

  • Oats
  • Milk
  • Apple puree
  • Cinnamon
  • Optional – grated apple and blackberries

How to make:

  1. Make apple puree by peeling and chopping cooking apples into small chunks. Add to a pan with cinnamon and sugar to taste. Cook on a low heat, stirring constantly.
  2. Start on the porridge by following the packet instructions. Stir in a generous amount of cinnamon and a spoonful of puree during cooking. Add more puree on top to serve.
  3. Optional add-ins – blackberries (frozen are ideal) and grated apple. Add these while cooking.

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4. PB and J Porridge

This classic combo doesn’t need much of an introduction. It worked on toast and it works with porridge. Either stick with the classic or go for Caitlin’s Cherry Bakewell porridge.

What you need:

  • Oats
  • Milk/ Almond Milk
  • Peanut/ Almond Butter
  • Jam (cherry)

How to make:

  1. Follow packet instructions to make porridge.
  2. For PB and J – add 2 tbsp (or more) peanut butter whilst cooking the porridge. Add chia seeds too if you want it to cook quicker. Top with sliced banana and a generous helping of jam. I like to heat the jam so that it becomes like a sauce.
  3. For cherry bakewell – add oats, almond milk, 1 tsp almond extract and a dollop of cherry jam to the pan. Simmer until creamy and serve topped with banana and almond butter. I like making my own by roasting almonds for 10 minutes and then blending with a food processor.

 

5. Winter Fruits Porridge

This recipe covers a bit more ground and lots of different fruits work well in porridge. Our favourites are blueberry and banana or mixed frozen fruits. Either stir them through or make a compote to top.

What you need:

  • Oats
  • Milk
  • Mixed fruits
  • Honey/maple syrup
  • Nut butter

How to make:

  1. Follow the packet instructions to make porridge.
  2. Blueberry and banana – stir a handful of blueberries into the porridge along with half a chopped banana. Top the porridge with the remaining banana, honey/maple syrup and nut butter.
  3. Fruit compote – add a handful of mixed frozen fruits (blackberries and blueberries are a great wintery combo) to a pan with a splash of boiling water and a drizzle of honey. Other great alternatives for making a compote are coconut oil or maple syrup. Pour the compote on top of the porridge.
  4. Pink porridge – add a handful of fruits into the pan as the porridge cooks. Serve with toppings of your choice.

 

Caitlin Britt & Naomi Osborne 

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