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Porridge toppings

Postby Amyw » Mon Dec 28, 2020 11:49 pm

As health kick 2021 is starting a little early !! , I’m trying to eat a proper breakfast most days to see if this is beneficial to me . I made a bowl of porridge today with almond milk , raisins , a little blob of PB and some cinnamon and it was amazing . Felt like a real luxury and satisfied my sweet tooth for the whole day

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Postby WWordsworth » Tue Dec 29, 2020 12:37 am

I often make porridge, it's one of the few things I like really sweet.
Usually with a nice crunchy coating of demerara and some stewed fruit.

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Postby smitch » Tue Dec 29, 2020 12:41 am

I love porridge for breakfast. I use Flavahans oats with oat milk, it turns out nice and creamy.

Favourite toppings include chopped pear or plum, stewed apple or peanut butter. Sometimes I add cinnamon, raisins, a tiny blob of jam or some pumpkin seeds.

(I was considering a porridge thread to get some new ideas) - done!

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Postby WWordsworth » Tue Dec 29, 2020 12:45 am

Aldi porridge oats are the bees knees.

Absolute favourite topping is stewed apple and Greek yogurt.

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Postby Earthmaiden » Tue Dec 29, 2020 2:35 am

Along with all the sweet toppings you mention, savoury is good too - stir in grated cheese, Marmite, seeds etc.

aero was the one who told us that butter stirred in was good - and it really is! I rarely use much milk, if any though.

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Postby aero280 » Tue Dec 29, 2020 11:28 am

Oh! Yes :)

A knob of butter, preferably salted, and a sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper. Yum! :yum :yum

I don’t put any sugar, or any other sweet stuff, on cereal.

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Postby smitch » Tue Dec 29, 2020 11:51 am

I love porridge for breakfast but don’t particularly enjoy it plain. I find it keeps me full until lunch and I don’t snack in the morning like I do if I have toast.

Favourites are:

Chopped pear or plum with cinnamon
Peanut butter (the kind that is just peanuts)
Stewed apple with or without raisins
Blueberry
Frozen mixed berries

Sometimes I add pumpkin seeds or mixed fruit & seeds.

Any other suggestions? Banana is no good for me but might be for others.

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Postby Gillthepainter » Tue Dec 29, 2020 12:05 pm

Shame about the banana, Smitch.
As I make a banana & peanut powder smoothie using almond milk, and pour that over the dried oats.
Then grate in apple or pear.
And add chopped strawberries.

My bowl starts off as a modest breakfast, but gets bigger and bigger. I often cannot fit any yoghurt on the top :lol:

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Postby Seatallan » Tue Dec 29, 2020 1:00 pm

Try a dollop of rhubarb & ginger jam (preferably home made) :yum
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Postby Stokey Sue » Tue Dec 29, 2020 1:35 pm

Hmm - I have always avoided toppings on porridge, other than a little Demerara sugar or golden syrup and possibly a drizzle of cream if there is any going spare, they have just never appealed

But looking at the toppings suggested, I’d eat most of them with a milk pudding such as semolina, so why not porridge? I’ll have to try it

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Postby WWordsworth » Tue Dec 29, 2020 2:43 pm

This morning's porridge was enjoyed with stewed damson and a splash of cream.

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Postby Earthmaiden » Tue Dec 29, 2020 2:47 pm

I'm not keen on too much fruit. I too was brought up with a dash of cold milk and brown sugar or golden syrup (or maple syrup as a rare treat) on top. I do like a handful of blueberries or raisins thrown in at the cooking stage or chopped apple and like cinnamon too, I find banana a bit overpowering. Nut butters are nice but not subtle. I can't imagine yogurt on it.

For those who are weight watching, advice I have found useful is to never go above 35 - 40g of raw oats and to consider what else you are adding (a banana, honey, seeds and peanut butter is healthy but can be quite calorific). At a weight loss group, one girl discovered she was using nearly 100g of raw oats a day! That must have been a huge bowl of porridge but it's easy to use more than 40g.

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Re: Porridge toppings

Postby scullion » Tue Dec 29, 2020 3:13 pm

i rarely make porridge but i do make a bircher style muesli -
dried porridge oats
apple (pref granny smith) chopped small
honey
lemon juice
lexia raisins (or ordinary, or sultanas)
water to hydrate
mix it all up and leave in the fridge overnight - it comes out really creamy.
we used to have it as a pudding, at school, but with broken cashews in, too.
it was served with a large square of really lovely home (school) made shortbread.

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Postby smitch » Tue Dec 29, 2020 3:13 pm

I find 35g of oats is plenty for me. I can’t imagine using 100g!

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Postby Badger's Mate » Tue Dec 29, 2020 4:40 pm

We have his and hers porridge, I make mine just with water, Mrs B like hers milky. Sometimes we have fruit in season, rhubarb, soft fruit through the summer, autumnal apples or quince and prunes as per the avatar. I use a scoop to do both portions, it works out around 75g for the two of us.

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Postby Stokey Sue » Tue Dec 29, 2020 5:39 pm

I can’t stand the smell of Bircher muesli aka overnight oats (normally anyway)

To make porridge I use one quarter cup measure of Mornflake oats, which is 30 - 35 g depending on how much I level it off, with the same measure of milk and about one and a half measures of water

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Postby WWordsworth » Tue Dec 29, 2020 6:12 pm

Very similar method.

I have a particular small wine glass ( not the same one I use to measure rice) which I fill with oats for 2 of us.
Then 1 glass of milk and 1.5 of water.

If I remember I will weigh the oats and report back.

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Re: Porridge toppings

Postby herbidacious » Tue Dec 29, 2020 7:27 pm

Demerara and single cream (in lieu of preferred top of the milk) for me.

Or when I was at work, honey and banana and a splash of whole milk.

Neither particularly healthy.

I love it, but am never hungry enough to have it at breakfast time. My hunger kicks in c. 10am and it's a bit late then to have something that substantial. I have been known to have it for lunch since wfh.

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Re: Porridge toppings

Postby Amyw » Wed Dec 30, 2020 1:11 am

When I did slimming world , they said a 35g portion of most cereals could be measured by filling the cap of Frylight with whichever cereal . It was quite an eye opener how small the measured portion was compared to if you freely poured .

Stewed fruit is lovely with porridge too . I think it’s probably one of my favourite breakfasts . That and soft boiled egg on toast with lots of salt and black pepper

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Re: Porridge toppings

Postby Wic » Wed Dec 30, 2020 9:52 am

We are 'on' porridge at the moment, too.As soon as the weather gets really cold it seems the only thing we want.

I use 2/3 of a very small mug for both of us, which I weighed once, a long time ago - I think it was about 35-40g each - and make it with water. He likes his with frozen Fruits of the Forest, I love it with stewed apple and golden syrup. Neither of us use any milk.

Normally I have a banana and yogurt for breakfast, which I can roam around with, doing this and that, but porridge requires sitting at the table. It’s much more formal and grown up!

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