Porridge is one of my favourite breakfasts to make because oats have a very low Glycaemic Index. Because of this, they are slowly absorbed into the body’s blood stream. This not only gives a long gradual release of energy and helps keep your blood sugar levels stable but it also keeps you full much longer than other breakfasts.
To make the exact recipe I illustrate in the video you will need:
♥ Porridge Oats (if you can’t eat gluten there’s lots of gluten free oats around)
♥ Almond Milk (or any dairy-free milk of your choice. You can of course make this with standard milk if you just happen to like everything else and want to give the recipe a go!)
♥ Coconut Oil
♥ Agave Nectar (swap for honey if you prefer)
♥ Vanilla Paste (you can swap this for vanilla extract if you have it)
♥ Chia Seeds or Flax Seeds (I alternate. I love them both! At the moment I’m into Chia Seeds simply because it has double the amount of calcium)
♥ Shredded Coconut (again completely optional but it’s just so tasty!)
♥ Berries (I love blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Feel free to use your own toppings)
♥ Cinnamon helps to control blood sugar. I honestly find it makes such a difference to my energy levels. It is also high in a certain type of antioxidants known as polyphenols. Moreover it has Anti-Clotting and Anti-Microbial actions, helps boosts Brain Function and due to containing Calcium and Fibre it helps to protect against Heart Disease and improve Colon Health. Basically? Cinnamon is amazing!
♥ Coconut Oil is my little obsession! Not only is it incredibly good for you but it makes the porridge so velvety smooth and that’s really why I use it. But aside from that it helps with stress relief, cholesterol level maintenance, weight loss, boosted immune system, proper digestion and regulated metabolism. And the shredded coconut? That’s just me upping the tropical theme ;).
♥ Chia seeds are all the rage at the moment! They are apparently among the healthiest foods on the planet. These mighty little seeds are packed with nutrients that can have important benefits for your body and brain. The benefits in fact are kind of overwhelming so in a nutshell enjoy chia seeds for their flavour and to boost the fibre, protein, calcium, antioxidants, and omega-3s in your diet. I love them!
♥ Flaxseeds (also called linseeds which I found confusing for a while!) can also be substituted for Chia Seeds. I love them equally! Flaxseeds are a rich source of micronutrients, dietary fibre, manganese, vitamin B1, and the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid.
♥ I nearly always use berries for my porridge. Blueberries are my true favourites. In fact, they are one of my favourite foods full stop! Blueberries contain a type of flavonoid known as anthocyanins, which are responsible for giving foods like blueberries, cranberries, red cabbage and aubergines their beautiful deep red, purple and blue hues. Anthocyanins are responsible for more than just the blueberry’s pretty blue colour, as they also contribute to the popular fruit’s numerous health benefits.
♥ Similarly, blackberries are rich in bioflavonoids and Vitamin C. The dark blue colour ensures blackberries have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all fruits.
♥ And as for Raspberries? Well just for starters, they are an excellent source of vitamin C, manganese, and dietary fibre. They are a very good source of copper and a good source of vitamin K, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin E, magnesium, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, and potassium. Also quite frankly they are so, so tasty!
For instructions on how to make this porridge you’ll find that in the video above. But it’s really very simple! I hope you enjoy it and if you try it please let me know what you think!
I will definitely start my Dairy Free guide soon but meanwhile what sort of recipes would you like to see? I’m afraid I’m not a baker because I’ve never really enjoyed baked foods growing up, however cooking is my passion so I’d love to share these sorts of recipes with you.
What’s your favourite breakfast?