4 DELICIOUS WARMING VEGAN PORRIDGE RECIPES

Porridge is my winter breakfast staple because it is so warming and versatile – you can never have it the same way twice. It can be topped with berries, different chopped fruits, different super-foods, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, syrups and sauces, super-food mixes and even spices and nut butters! A lot of people label a vegan diet as boring because they assume we only eat leaves and seeds all day. This could not be further from the truth! Porridge is the best way to get creative with your food in the morning.

When making porridge follow the instructions on the pack because it’s generally always going to be the same. 1 part oats to 2 parts liquid (or more if you want it extra creamy). I usually use half water and half milk but again this is your choice! My favourite vegan milk substitutes are organic soya milk, oat milk, or coconut milk (surprisingly oat milk is amazing in porridge). I also always use a sweetener such as maple syrup, agave or coconut sugar (never refined/processed sugar).


Porridge with homemade berry coulis, nut butter, apples and Linwoods super-food mix

The apple and nut butter go really well here together, while the blueberries and super-food mix promote it to the top of the nutrition table. This has everything: sweetness, nuttiness, nutrients and fruitiness!

INGREDIENTS

  • oats
  • water
  • plant-based milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • half an apple – chopped
  • 1 tsp nut butter of your choice (almond or peanut etc.)
  • 1 tbsp any Linwoods super-food mix
  • a handful of frozen berries
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp goji berries

DIRECTIONS

  1. Make your porridge as normal, using the 1 tbsp of coconut sugar for sweetness – but add more if you need to.
  2.  In another pot add the berries and the maple syrup and heat up until the berries start to bubble and release their juices. Squish the berries while you stir them to turn it into a compote or coulis style of sauce.
  3. Serve your porridge topped with all your delicious toppings – and enjoy.

Winter spice porridge with mandarin oranges and orange chocolate bites

People are definitely going to find it strange putting spices in porridge, but, with the right combination, and the addition of some sweet bites – it goes down a treat! Turmeric is the super-food of the century with numerous scientific studies showing it has immense protective and healing properties. Dr. Michael Greger (How Not to Die and nutritionfacts.org) recommends consuming 1/4 tsp of turmeric a day! It’s not much! But it’s still hard to get it in unless you drink a shot of water mixed with turmeric every morning. I started putting it in my porridge and you barely notice it when you get the right combination of toppings and sweeteners. And it’s worth it for the antioxidants.

INGREDIENTS

  • oats
  • water
  • plant-based milk
  • 1-2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 mandarin peeled and segmented
  • 1 vegan orange chocolate bar such as HUGS or Nakd bars – chopped into bitesize bits
  • a drizzle of carob molasses or maple syrup or choc shot chocolate sauce

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook porridge as you normally would but add in the turmeric, cinnamon, vanilla, and maple syrup while you cook it.
  2. When it’s delicious and golden and creamy top it with the orange segments, the chopped bar pieces, and drizzle some sauce or syrup over the top.

Chocolate Porridge with Dates and Walnuts

Dessert, or breakfast? You decide. Chocolate porridge is one of my all time favourites! If any of you grew up with an unhealthy obsession with Nutella and/or Wheetos then you’ll understand where I’m coming from! There’s something so satiating and warming about enjoying a deliciously rich bowl of chocolate porridge on a cold Winter’s morning. And guess what – no processed sugars need apply to this party! The chocolate comes in the form of raw cacao powder, or if your a mere human like myself you can go for plain cocoa powder like Green and Blacks or something of the sort. You can sweeten with maple syrup, agave or coconut sugar, and add dates for added sweetness and fibre.

INGREDIENTS

  • oats
  • water
  • plant-based milk of your choice
  • 1 tbsp of cocoa/cacao powder (add more if you’re a chocoholic or if you’re making for more than one person)
  • 1-2 tbsp sweetener (maple/agave/coconut sugar etc. etc. )
  • 4-5 pitted and chopped dates
  • 1-2 tbsp crushed walnuts

DIRECTIONS

  1. Make porridge as normal but stir in cocoa powder and sweetener as well.
  2. When ready sprinkle your nuts and dates over the top.
  3. Enjoy.

TURMERIC SPICED PORRIDGE WITH POMEGRANATE SEEDS AND DRIED FIGS

 

This was a happy accident. My mum accidentally bought the pomegranate of our Lord Jesus Christ in Tesco. So, being realistic, I don’t know if you’ll be able to get a pomegranate this good for your porridge! But that’s not to say you shouldn’t try. 🙂 A good pomegranate should be dense and with smooth, unbroken skin – so make sure to get a good feel of them in the shop. They are in season from October to February so go now and see if you can find a good ripe one! If you’re not familiar with dried figs then you should be able to find them prepackaged in your local supermarket near the dried fruit and nuts section.

One last thing: you don’t have to make the porridge with turmeric – I did the day I took this pic but obviously just make it to your own taste!

INGREDIENTS

  • oats
  • water
  • plant-based milk of your choice
  • 1-2 tbsp agave or maple syrup
  • 1/4 turmeric
  • 1/2 cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • A few sliced dried figs
  • The seeds from half a pomegranate

DIRECTIONS

  1. Make your porridge as normal adding in the spices and sweetener as it cooks.
  2.  To get the seeds from the pomegranate, cut the pomegranate in half and bash the skin side with a heavy kitchen utensil (I use a rollin pin or big heavy spoon) and let the seeds pop out through your fingers. This is Jamie Oliver’s method so I’m sure there’s a video of him doing this somewhere online! Sprinkle the seeds over the top.
  3. Cut the little stems off the figs and cut them in half or in thirds. Arrange whatever way you wish over your porridge.
  4. Enjoy.

These 4 recipes are merely suggestions. Porridge is delicious with anything on top and you can mix and match as you please. A good tip is to soak your porridge overnight in the liquid you’re going to cook it in. It softens it and makes the coking time a lot faster! It actually would mean that you only need to heat it up in the morning.

I hope you enjoy pimping out your porridge using these suggestions – tag me on Instagram if you feel you’ve made a masterpiece! Or, if you’ve come up with a unique combination of toppings! @green_leafy_gael

Peace.xx

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