Warning: I will use oats and porridge interchangeably.
I’ve already done a post on Stoats, which is a great porridge company based in Scotland. I love their oats and recommend trying their flavours to mix breakfast up! However, if you prefer making your own delicious oats, I’ve made a list of easy toppings that you can cook into the porridge (just cook the toppings with th oats) or throw on after cooking. I usually cook my oats in the microwave also a make it slightly drier.
- Banana; very simple. If you microwave your oats the banana disappears and creates a delicious and creamy mix.
- Banana and honey; bit sweeter.
- Pineapple; this becomes insanely hot in the microwave, but it’s a great sweet and sour flavour. Add some dried/fresh coconut to make a tropical breakfast.
- Dried fruit; cranberries, raisins, sultanas, apricots, dried coconut, the list goes on! Bananas and raisins are also delicious.
- Cinnamon; powdered cinnamon is brilliant, throw it in with bananas, apples, raisins for even more flavour.
- Apples; cook them with the porridge too for delicious, hot breakfast.
- Berries; strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries. Again, add these on top or cook into the porridge. Cooking them creates a lovely compote.
- Peanut butter; on its own, with cinnamon, bananas or apples.
- Jam; a bit more fruit (and a bit more sugar).
- Peanut Butter and Jam; watch the portions here, but it’s a delicious treat.
- Dark chocolate; a couple of squares, great if you’re craving some chocolate.
- Cocoa powder; not as tasty as dark chocolate but better if you’re watching your calories.
- Yoghurt; I really enjoy cooking up a nice, hot bowl of porridge and adding a tablespoon of low-fat natural or fruit flavoured yoghurt.
- Granola; top your bowl with a modest amount of granola for a lovely crunch.
- Almonds; adds a nice crunch and delicious flavour. Best add these in and cook for the final 20 seconds or crush them into your porridge.
- Protein Powder; I recommend mixing up the protein and milk in your shaker then adding that to the oats before cooking to make sure the protein dissolves well.
You can also make porridge savoury, but I’ve never tried this (yet) but here’s a list of recipes from Shape to try if sweet porridge is not your thing!
If hot porridge is not your thing then try mixing your oats (typical 40g portion) with yoghurt in an airtight container (I use Weight Watchers individual pots, one per breakfast, great flavours), throw in some toppings listed above and leave it overnight. Next morning you’ll have delicious cold oats, they must be left overnight however to ensure the oats soften. I’ve already mentioned overnight oats before with a recipe for Bircher’s Muesli that my mum makes.
IMPORTANT; porridge doesn’t need to be just for breakfast. Porridge can be a brilliant recovery food. Over the Christmas holidays I enjoyed cold, overnight oats post-run. You can get a great balance of carbohydrates and proteins and some sugars to help your body recover.
I’m a huge fan of porridge in case no one noticed.