Winter in Nelson means porridge for brekkie, here’s our guest blogger, Paula, with a few ideas to ensure your oats are outstanding… Take it away Paula!
Whenever I think of porridge, I think of Goldilocks and the three bears, my childhood, and not being a fan of porridge as a kid!
How times change… I am now a firm lover of the stuff, although that could have something to do with the way I prepare and serve it… It’s all in the toppings!
Firstly, make your porridge. I like to use a grain free porridge; Fresh Choice Nelson has a great range. Alternatively, go with traditionally rolled oats, or even oat bran. Make it according to the directions. You can use almond milk, coconut milk, cows milk, or water. Here are three tasty toppings for your porridge. Such a yummy way to warm up winter mornings.
Orange and Cacao Nutty Topping
- Zest and juice of one orange
- 2 cups of mixed natural nuts
- 1 Tbs of cacao powder
- 1 Tbs of maple syrup
Mix and place on a baking tray. Bake at 180 degrees until lightly browned, and the juice reduced. Cool, then add some pieces if freeze-dried mandarin to the mixture. Store in an airtight container and use when needed.
Chia and Raspberry Topping
- 2 cups thawed frozen or fresh raspberries
- 3 Tbs of chia seeds
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1 Tbs of water
Place all the ingredients in a small pan and boil over a medium heat. Stir for a few minutes, breaking up the raspberries. Once the mixture has thickened slightly, remove it from the heat. Store in a clean jar in the fridge for up to two weeks, and use as needed.
Apple, Cinnamon and Date Topping
1 apple, peeled and diced
1/2 cup of dates
1 tsp of cinnamon
1/4 cup of water
Place all ingredients in a small pan and boil over a medium heat. Add more water if you need to. Once cooked, puree and serve warm over the porridge. Store the topping in the fridge for up to one week. It’s delicious with runny cream!
Don’t forget to head to Fresh Choice Nelson for all your ingredients!