There's something just so comforting about a steaming bowl of porridge at any time of day or night. It's my go to for winter breakfasts, and for when I finish work late and need some ultimate comfort food to warm my belly and send me to sleep.
I have been called a porridge snob in the past due to my belief that the perfect porridge CANNOT be made in the microwave - only the old fashioned way in a pan on the hob! By all means disagree with me and recreate this recipe in your own way. But when you have the time give the hob method a go; revel in the pillowy softness and warm comfort of this porridge creation, and find yourself converted.
I've experimented a lot with porridge over the years, but have come up with what I think is the perfect base recipe. The whey adds a protein kick that keeps you full with no need for snackage later in the morning, while at the same time gives a subtle sweetness without the need for added sugars. Poppy seeds may seem an unconventional addition, but don't knock it. The volume they add comes from the moisture they soak up, at the same time giving a crunch that only the best porridge can boast.
Of course it is your choice how you serve your porridge. Whether it be simply berries and flaked almonds, apple and cinnamon, a naughty square or two of dark chocolate, or my personal favourite peanut butter and jam! If you fancy something a bit different and more adventurous though, why not try the super simple porridge topper recipe as well? You can make it while the porridge is cooking, and it adds a delicious sweet crunch that you will love!
Makes: 1 Warm Bowl Full
Time to Make: 15 minutes
2 tbsp Poppy Seeds
15g Whey Protein Powder (Optional)
300ml Almond Milk*
Toppings of your choice! (Why not try with the perfect porridge topper recipe here)
* I prefer mine with almond milk but you can use whatever milk is your favourite, just note if using dairy milk it may require more stirring
1. Add the protein powder and milk to a shaker and mix until smooth
2. Place the oats and poppy seeds in a pan, add the milk, stir and place on a medium heat
3. Bring to a gentle boil then reduce the heat and simmer until it reaches the desired thickness, stirring periodically - just note it will thicken up slightly once you take it off the heat
4. Pour into your favourite bowl, add your toppings and enjoy!