Cold winter mornings call for hot bowls of creamy porridge. This porridge, that I so creatively dubbed Nutritious Winter Porridge, has been a total hit in our home this winter season and is so much creamier and nutritious than regular porridge made on just water (or milk) and oats. I love that my son loves this for breakfast, especially since it is full of plant based omega 3 & 6 fats, calcium, protein and iron, all of which are key nutrients needed for healthy energy and growth. It can be difficult when children go through phases of being picky with their food and since my son doesn’t have much dairy, I make sure he gets enough calcium from plant based sources, such as chia seeds and almonds. I try my best getting him to drink some of my green smoothies, but he just ain’t budging. Yet. Ha!
So where’s the calcium? As I explained in my recent post on plant based calcium, chia seeds, almonds and even cinnamon are all good sources of plant based calcium. Even better, these are also full of satisfying fibre, protein and healthy fats, all of which promote a healthy digestive system and keep you full all throughout the morning. And as far as the toppings, you can add any of your favourite nuts/seeds and fruit (stewed, dried or fresh) and change it with the seasons to keep it interesting. Grated apple is super delicious as well and is perfect for coming into Spring.
I tend to use organic porridge oats (also known as quick oats) to keep it quick and avoid having to get out a pot etc., but you can absolutely use steel cut or rolled oats instead if you have more time on your hands in the mornings.
|Nutritious Winter Porridge|| || |
- 40gm (1/2 cup) organic porridge oats - also known as quick oats (gluten free if needed)
- 175 ml (3/4 cup) boiling water
- 1 generous tbsp almond butter (or other nut butter)
- 1-2 tsp coconut oil
- 1-2 tsp honey or maple syrup (or you can use stevia or ½ a smashed banana to sweeten instead)
- Top with chia seeds, almonds, a little honey & cinnamon
- Place oats in a bowl and add the hot water. Stir well using a spoon and let it sit for a few minutes to thicken up.
- Add almond butter, coconut oil and honey (or banana if using). Combine well.
- Top with toppings of your choice. My favourites are chia seeds, almonds cinnamon and a little honey.
- Serve warm.