I used to be really uninspired with breakfast, in the week especially when you don’t have that much time on your hands in the mornings but want something delicious and filling to keep you going for the day ahead. I used to have the standard toast or a bowl of cereal both of which at times tasted much like cardboard, also not ideal when you start feeling hungry literally about an hour since you eat.
So on my little food journey discovery, I needed something easily digestible for my stomach yet something with a lot of goodness, nutrients and that will keep me full and give me energy for longer. Also, I needed something gluten, wheat, dairy and sugar free! Not because I was on some kind of ridiculous diet I was just reacting badly to these foods because of my poor digestion at the time and I especially wanted to stay away from sugar because it causes inflammation (which was basically the last thing I needed after all my stomach and gut related health issues). What I found shocking was how much sugar was in all these so called ‘healthy’ cereals! Sometimes more so than in a chocolate bar or a fizzy drink, it was incredible because I’d never really read labels before because the packaging is always telling you it’s healthy and good for you when really you’re swallowing about 10 tea spoons of sugar before 8am. Not good.
Anyways, I soon discovered they actually make gluten and wheat free porridge now, so I gave it a go. I started with just very minimal toppings, and just grew to love it so much and realised that the varieties and flavours are absolutely endless and you can fit so many amazing nutrients and all sorts of goodness everyday just in one little bowl. It’s become one of my favourite breakfasts ever, and each morning I wake up and think….what am I going to top my porridge with today then? 🙂
I’ve put together my top 9 favourite toppings, give them a go and enjoy!
All the porridge I make starts with the same method, and then I start adding all different toppings to it. See below the method for every porridge base:
- Place a small pan over a low – medium heat and place about 1 cups full of porridge oats in the pan and cover with your chosen milk (I use almond, rice, oat, coconut or cashew). The milk should just cover the porridge, if you like your porridge consistency to be a bit runnier than add more milk.
- Whilst its cooking, stir it throughout so the milk and oats can properly combine and theres no lumps.
- If I am making chocolate porridge it’s now that I add a teaspoon or two of raw cacao powder and stir through. Or sometimes I add a dash of honey or cinnamon in the pan whilst cooking for a sweeter taste.
- Once you’ve reached the consistency of porridge you want (approx. 4 – 5 mins), or until the porridge has started to bubble slightly take it off the hob and it’s ready pour in to your bowl and start the toppings!
Dairy free milk I use:
http://www.oatly.com Oat Milk
Here I have made chocolate porridge oats…YUM. As in previous porridge base recipe above just add a few spoons of raw cacao powder to the pan and stir through. I’ve topped it with honey, banana slices, coconut chips and sugar-free dark chocolate. Link to all products below:
Gluten free oats – http://www.waitrose.com
Raw Cacao Powder – http://www.greenorigins.com
Dark Chocolate – http://www.sainbury’s.com Sainsbury’s own brand sugar free dark chocolate
Coconut chips – Sainsbury’s
This little bowl is topped with frozen raspberries, desiccated coconut, a teaspoon of flaxseeds, honey and a big dollop of nut butter.
Frozen Raspberries – Sainsbury’s
Desiccated Coconut – Sainsbury’s
Flax seeds – http://www.linwoodshealthfoods.com
Almond & Coconut Butter – http://www.pipandnut.com
On here I’ve topped with fresh strawberries, coconut chips, whole almonds, honey and peanut butter.
Crunchy Peanut Butter – http://www.wholeearthfoods.com
I mean…this one is quite dreamy. I have topped this bowl with freshly sliced nectarine, desiccated coconut, whole almonds and drowned in runny honey.
Honey – http://www.rowsehoney.co.uk
Bit of a jazzier bowl here. I love loading it up with goodness and yummy ingredients when I have them in the cupboards. Here we have fresh pomegranate, flax seeds, chia seeds, flaked almonds, sugar free dark chocolate chunks, fresh sliced banana and desiccated coconut.
Chia Seeds – http://www.linwoods.com
Flaked almonds – http://www.hollandandbarrett.com
Here we have whole almonds, coconut chips. crunchy peanut butter and fresh blueberries, yes!
CHOCOLATE Porridge yet again, really I wish I could have it everyday! I’ve made mine with raw cacao powder, frozen blueberries, flax seeds, set honey and a sprinkle of desiccated coconut.
Choccy porridge, fresh sliced strawberries, fresh slices bananas, chia seeds, flax seeds, dollop of honey and a nice serving of crunchy peanut butter.
Here I’ve added a bit of ground cinnamon in the porridge oat mix whilst cooking in the pan, then topped with frozen blueberries, walnuts, chia seeds, desiccated coconut and my favourite almond and coconut butter. And I always drizzle some honey over for a sweet hit.
So there you go, a few of my favourite porridge toppings and a super easy way to make it, really it’s all about mixing and matching and putting on whatever you fancy!