Pimp my Porridge – 5 Tasty Breakfast Ideas

Food

 

As you may have noticed by my blog name, I LOVE porridge, I’d eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner if I could!  Yet, and it pains me to say this, I have met a lottttt of porridge haters, describing it as bland, stodgy and even offensive, I mean come on guys, it’s really not that bad!

I haven’t specified quantities of milk or oats, as everyone has different portion sizes and I don’t feel it would be inappropriate to put certain amounts and make people compare their breakfasts! You can play around with amounts until you find something that suits you.

So, whether you’re a porridge hater waiting to be converted, or you just fancy switching things up a bit, I’ve come up with my five favourite porridge toppings to make your mornings a little more tasty.

1. Peanut Butter and Chocolate


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This is my absolute all-time favourite combination, I have it most days for my breakfast and it’s an absolute winner (I mean anything that tastes like you’re eating Reese’s chocolate for breakfast is surely incredible?!)

INGREDIENTS
  • Porridge oats (I use these oats with added oat and wheat bran)
  • Milk (I’ve tried and tested both dairy and non-dairy)
  • Peanut butter (I use this oil and sugar-free brand)
  • Dark chocolate chips (I use normal dairy chocolate, but you can sub in something like this)
  • Optional: one scoop of chocolate flavoured protein (I use MyProtein chocolate smooth)
METHOD
  1. Put the milk into a pan and slowly warm it up.
  2. When it’s started to heat through add the oats (and the protein if using) and stir well.
  3. Simmer on a low heat until the porridge turns to the consistency you like (I like mine quite runny!)
  4. Pour into a bowl and top with a good spoonful of peanut butter and the chocolate chips, swirl to combine so that the dark chocolate is marbled through the oats.

2. Blueberry Muffin


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These were a happy little accident, I came across some blueberries in my freezer and just threw them into my porridge with some cinnamon and vanilla, little did I know that it would taste like a delicious blueberry muffin!

INGREDIENTS
  • Oats (same as above)
  • Milk (same as above)
  • Blueberries (frozen or fresh, roughly 1 cup)
  • Vanilla essence (1tsp) OR vanilla protein powder (1 scoop, I use this from The Protein Works)
  • Ground cinnamon (1 tsp)
METHOD
  1. Warm up the milk as before, adding the oats and vanilla essence (and protein if using) once warm.
  2. Stir until the porridge reaches the desired consistency and then add half of the blueberries and stir.
  3. Pour into a bowl and add the remaining blueberries and a sprinkling of cinnamon over the top.

3. Strawberry with Chocolate and Peanut Butter


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Strawberries and chocolate are an indulgent treat, so why not make them into an indulgent yet healthy breakfast?

INGREDIENTS
  • Oats (same as above)
  • Milk (same as above)
  • Strawberries (frozen or fresh)
  • Chocolate peanut butter (I make my own by melting dark chocolate into my peanut butter, but you could use something like this healthy version)
METHOD
  1. Cook your oats in the same way as above, leaving them plain.
  2. Pour them into your bowl and top with strawberries and a big spoonful of chocolate peanut butter.
  3. Stir to combine (the strawberries mix in beautifully and go all gooey, yum)

4. Oat and Raisin Cookie


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Oat and raisin cookies are my favourite, so I decided to put my two loves together and create a slightly more substantial breakfast by adding a TREK protein flapjack to get the delicious cookie flavour and an added protein boost!

INGREDIENTS
  • Oats (same as above)
  • Milk (same as above)
  • 1/2 Oat and Raisin Trek bar (I got mine here)
  • Dark chocolate chips (see Peanut Butter and Chocolate recipe above)
METHOD
  1. Cook your oats in the same way as above, leaving them plain.
  2. Pour them into your bowl and top with half of the TREK bar and a small handful of dark chocolate chips.

5. Cranberry and Dark Chocolate


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I usually make these as overnight oats for when I’m on the go or need a super quick breakfast, by leaving the dried fruit to soak overnight makes it go deliciously plump and I normally enjoy eating these after a hard morning swimming session.

INGREDIENTS
  • Oats (as above)
  • Milk (as above)
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit (I used sultanas and cranberries)
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (see above)
METHOD
  1. In a portable container (e.g. a glass jar or a Tupperware container) add the oats and milk (it doesn’t matter how much, just equal quantities of both) and then the dried fruit.
  2. Mix, and leave in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  3. Before eating, add the chocolate chips.

I hope you enjoy eating these oats as much as I did and that they’ll convince you that healthy breakfasts don’t have to be boring and that fuelling your body can be absolutely delicious!

Miranda x

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