I feel like I have such a long history with porridge (aka oatmeal) and it’s hard to know where to start. I used to think I hated porridge. When I was young, my Gran used to make it all the time for my brother but I always stuck with toast and her delicious homemade blackcurrant jam. But despite all the creamy milk and brown sugar making it look yummy I could never get my head around the texture!
But I really wanted to like it, it’s so healthy and filling and I love oats in everything else. So I did lots of research and finally discovered a method of making porridge that I could eat. I like it when it hasn’t gone too soft, when there is still a bite to the oats.
However, I also discovered that it’s all about the add-ins. My son and I like it with cinnamon and raisins, especially when you throw the raisins in at the start and they go really plump. And I occasionally go to the extra effort of toasting some pecans to sprinkle on the top. Or sometimes I may just have it with a sprinkle of brown sugar and a drizzle of vanilla extract. But this recipe is for the weekends when you have a little more time and want something extra filling and super tasty.
OK, I think I have to go make a bowl of porridge now, all this writing has made me hungry!!
Porridge with Spiced Fruit Compote
Yield 3 Servings
- 2 Apples
- 1/2 cup Cranberries
- 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp Ground ginger
- 1 pinch Nutmeg
- 1 tbsp Sugar
- 1/2 cup Water
- 1 1/2 cups Rolled oats
- 3 cups Soy milk
- Place apples, cranberries, sugar, water and spices in a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer.
- Cook until the apples and cranberries are soft but still chunky. Add more water as necessary.
- Meanwhile, cook the porridge. Place oats in a medium saucepan and add the soy milk.
- Bring to a boil and immediately reduce heat to a simmer. Stir frequently.
- Simmer until desired consistency, about 10 mins.
- Divide porridge between 3 bowls, top with the fruit compote and enjoy!
Serving Size 1 x 532g serving
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 5.6 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Unsaturated Fat 4.6 g
Sodium 264 mg
Total Carbohydrates 46.6 g
Dietary Fiber 8.1 g
Sugars 17.1 g
Protein 9.2 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.