Porridge oats are one of nature’s secret superfoods – they can help lower cholesterol, they’re a rich source of vitamin E and B vitamins, and they taste good too!
You can create a simple porridge using oats, milk and water, or try one of our three tasty recipes below to add a bit of ‘oooh’ to your oats.
Apple and Cinnamon Porridge
Good for: spicing up your everyday breakfast
- 25g porridge oats
- 150ml milk
- ½ apple, peeled and grated
- A pinch of cinnamon
- 1 tsp flaxseed oil
- 2 tbsp probiotic yoghurt
- Drizzle of honey or maple syrup
- Put the oats in a saucepan; add the milk, apple and cinnamon.
- Bring to the boil and simmer for 4-5 minutes, stirring from time to time. Or you can try this in a microwave: mix the oats, milk, apple and cinnamon and microwave on medium power for 5 minutes.
- Stir in the flaxseed oil. Pour into a bowl, spoon yoghurt on top and drizzle with honey.
Oat, Quinoa and Manuka Porridge
Good for: boosting your immunity
- 200ml almond milk
- 15g quinoa
- 15g porridge oats
- 1 tbsp sultanas
- 1 tbsp chopped almonds or walnuts
- 1 tsp manuka honey
- 1 tsp toasted pumpkin seeds
- Put the almond milk and quinoa in a saucepan and boil for 10 minutes.
- Stir in the oats, sultanas and nuts, then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until the milk has been absorbed – you may need to add a little more.
- Serve drizzled with manuka honey, which can also help boost your immune system, and sprinkled with pumpkin seeds.
Fig and Plum Porridge
Good for: a weekend treat
- 25g rolled oats
- 1 tsp ground flaxseed
- Pinch of cinnamon
- 2 ready-to-eat figs, roughly chopped
- 150ml semi-skimmed milk
- 1 plum, sliced
- Honey to drizzle
- Soak the oats, flaxseed, cinnamon and figs in the milk overnight.
- Cook the mixture in the microwave for two minutes.
- Remove, then stir in the plum slices, and drizzle with a little honey
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This article has been adapted from longer features appearing in Healthy, the Holland & Barrett magazine. Advice is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please check with your GP before trying any remedies.