Up here in north east Scotland, it’s still kind of chilly in the mornings, despite the first inklings of spring, and if you’re anything like me, you like a good, warming breakfast in your tummy to keep you going till lunch and chase the chill away at the same time. You’ll also want something healthy that’s not going to ruin your best intentions to keep in shape, so something that will make you feel a little virtuous from the start of the day is in order. The answer? Porridge!
Porridge oats are a great way to start your day – they release their energy slowly, so you’re not tempted by cakes and biscuits mid-morning, and they’re a healthy, natural breakfast for you and the kids, even if you use full fat milk.
Let’s face it, many of us have made the switch to semi- or skimmed milk in an attempt to treat out bodies a little better, and to be perfectly honest, if I fancy a glass of milk, I’ll always reach for skimmed milk as I prefer the taste – ice cold, straight from the fridge – but when it comes to good porridge, you’re always best off using full-fat milk if you can. Trust me, it will taste far nicer (although it’ll still be pretty good with semi- or skimmed milk), and the difference in calories is actually quite small.
100 mls full fat milk = 65 cals
100 mls semi-skimmed milk = 49 cals
100 mls skimmed milk = 35
See? It’s not a huge difference in calories, but it can make ALL the difference to the taste. Anyway, on with the recipe. The quantities given are for one serving, so you can double up for two servings, etc…
Best Ever Porridge
- 40g porridge oats
- 200 mls full fat milk
- 1 small banana (mashed)
- 1 large handful of seedless raisins
- 1 pinch cinnamon
- 1 tsp honey (optional)
- Put all the ingredients into a small pan and pop it on the ring at a medium heat.
- Stir continually till the porridge is cooked and has reached the consistency you desire.
That’s all there is to it. You get a sweet fruit injection from the banana and raisins (the raisins get all fat and juicy during cooking!), and you may find it sweet enough without adding the honey, but it really does add just a little touch of extra flavour that’s lovely. And the cinnamon is an absolute must – it gives it a nice kick and goes so well with porridge, especially when you add fruit to the mix!
It takes virtually no time at all to make and you can feel good about feeding your family a good, healthy, hearty breakfast that will keep them going till lunch, and you’re getting extra fruit into the kids. Double bonus!