Now that the weather has definitely crossed the line between ‘a wee bit nippy’ to ‘downright chilly’, it’s time to crack out the winter warmers! I’m thinking slow-cooked meals, heart-warming soups, hot drinks with a little shot of -ahem- extra cheer. Hooray!
If like me, you have a day job which would frown upon irish-ifying your morning coffee, you may want to consider my idea of the next best thing… Winter porridge!
This wonderful recipe is perfect for keeping you warm while you defrost your car in the morning. It’s also amazing for batch making and storing dry*, so it won’t take you much time to make either.
It contains a lot of good stuff too. Chia seeds and golden flax seed are packed with nutrients that will give you a much-needed boost and keep you going for a long time. It also contains Cinamon, which I always see recommended in detox tea and other metabolism boosting recipes. I’m not 100% sure whether I believe it does aid weight loss, but it’s damn tasty so that has to be at least one bonus!
This base recipe is also fairly low in carbohydrates, however, what you add to make it more festive may affect this!
Cosy Winter Porridge:
Dry ingredients (measure and store mixed in a ziplock bag for meal prep purposes*)
15g oats (I use rolled Scottish oats)
20g chia seeds
20g milled golden flaxseed (This is high-fibre and effects your digestion. Adjust according to your own tolerance. 10g is fine as a starting point if you’re unsure!)
10g chopped almonds (optional)
20g shredded coconut
1 tsp cinnamon (or to taste)
300ml almond milk
A small grating of orange peel (Optional, yet festive!)
1 squirt of maple flavoured Agave syrup to taste.
*I would only store this dry for up to a week maximum. The milled golden flaxseed can go off and become rancid. And you reaaaaly don’t want that. If in doubt, add the flaxseed on the day of cooking.
All you need to do to prepare this is pop it all in a saucepan (except the orange peel and agave syrup) and bring to the boil while stirring constantly.
Let it simmer for a little while, the oats and chia will do their thing and become thicker. Once the consistency is as you want it (add more milk if it goes too stodgy) pour into a bowl and top with orange peel, syrup and maybe a small sprinkle of cinnamon to taste.
And there you go, simple!
For an extra indulgent twist, why not add some chocolate chips or chopped nuts and dried fruit as a topping? Yum!!
Let me know what you think if you try this yourself. I’d love to hear your opinions.
Thank you for reading!
Love, Beccy May