The world turning golden and frost on the ground can only mean one thing…autumn is quickly rolling in! And what better time to dig out that long forgotten box of porridge than for a lovely warming boost before you head out into the crisp morning air?
We’ve prepared a selection of porridge recipes for every day of the week – some savoury, some sweet, some easy and some very indulgent – depending on what you fancy and how much time you have in the mornings. Whichever you choose it’s sure to set you up for the day ahead!
Monday) Pumpkin Power Porridge
Make this tasty porridge for a family of four in just 15 minutes.
105g oats, 675ml water, 80g quinoa, rinsed, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 120g canned pumpkin, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, 3 tablespoons maple syrup, 80g dried cranberries, 38g coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted.
- Combine the water, oats, salt and quinoa in a large saucepan and bring to the boil.
- Reduce the heat once boiling, cover and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
- Stir in the pumpkin pie spice and maple syrup and remove from the heat.
- Allow to stand for five minutes or until the oats have soaked up the water.
- Stir in the cranberries and walnuts and serve.
Tuesday) A Scottish Autumn Bowl
Enjoy this porridge for two people in just 10 minutes.
70g oats, 225ml milk, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 2 cardamom pods, 1 pear, chopped into inch sized pieces. Handful fresh berries, 1 tsp linseeds, 1 tsp pumpkin seeds.
- Place the oats, vanilla, chopped pear, milk and cardamom into a large saucepan and cover over a gentle heat for 5-10 minutes.
- Pour into a bowl and top with your fresh berries and seeds.
Wednesday) Date and Coconut Porridge
Experience an exotic taste of autumn in just seven minutes; serves two.
70g oats, 450ml coconut milk, 225ml cold water, 4 Medjool dates, 2 tablespoons desiccated coconut.
- Place the oats, coconut milk and water into a large saucepan and stir.
- Place the saucepan on a high heat for 2-3 minutes.
- Reduce the heat for a further 2-3 minutes until you have a nice, thick consistency.
- Remove the porridge into two bowls and slice the dates into thin pieces and add them to the porridge.
- Sprinkle the desiccated coconut on top.
Thursday) Eggy Porridge
Create the perfect savoury start to the day in just eight minutes.
70g oats, Salt and pepper, 1 large egg, 2 tablespoons of grated cheddar, 1 tablespoon of thinly cut scallion greens.
- Bring the water to the boil and add the oats with a pinch of salt.
- Stir and reduce the heat to simmer for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat a pan over a medium heat and add the egg. Cook until the white is set and the yolk is still runny (3 minutes).
- Serve the porridge in a bowl, topped with the egg and scallion greens.
Friday) Miso Oat Porridge
Taste this bowl of goodness in just 15 minutes, serves 4.
1 tablespoon butter, 210g oats, 675ml water, 1 tablespoon miso.
- Melt the butter, stir in the oats and cook until the porridge becomes soft.
- Stir in the water and allow to simmer until completely absorbed.
- Remove from heat and scoop the miso into the porridge and stir well.
Saturday) Chocolate Orange Porridge
For a delicious weekend treat that serves 2-3 people in around 15 minutes.
250ml rice milk, 60g oats, 20g orange peel, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 3 tablespoons of coconut sugar, ½ tablespoon vanilla extract, 4 tablespoons maple syrup.
- Add the oats and rice milk to a saucepan and stir.
- Add the cocoa powder, coconut sugar and vanilla extract.
- Bring to the boil and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
- Stir in the orange peel at the end and add a little maple syrup.
Sunday) Sweet ‘n’ Nutty
A heart Sunday breakfast that serves 2-3 people in 20 minutes.
350ml rice milk, 50g oats, 4 tablespoons coconut flour, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar, 25g unroasted pistachio nuts, crushed.
- Add the oats and coconut flour into a saucepan with the rice milk, stir and add the coconut sugar.
- Bring to the boil and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and sprinkle the nuts over the top.
Whether you like your oats chunky or smooth, simple or packed with extra goodies, we think there’s one thing we can all agree on - porridge doesn’t have to be boring!
If you have any porridge recipe ideas you’d like to share with us, we’d love to hear about them in the comments below.