Come the middle of winter we become a two pans of porridge in the morning household. The traditionalist – don’t mess with my breakfast – Ed likes a classic creamy oat and milk based porridge, whilst I am more adventurous about breakfast and start to look for some more interesting options.
My latest, and currently favourite porridge contains buckwheat and a mix of flaked oats, wheat, spelt and rye, spiced with cloves and cardamom, with added dried fruit, seeds & nuts, as well as a grated carrot. A generous dollop of coconut oil moistens and adds flavour. This is full of texture and far more interesting than your usual bowl of porridge.
I make a large jar of of mixed dried fruit, nuts and seeds for adding to porridge up every few weeks, far speedier than keeping everything in their separate packets. Here are some ideas of what to include:
Seeds – pumpkin, sunflower, hemp – grind linseed / flax freshly and add just before eating
Nuts – raw cashews, almonds, walnuts, cob & hazelnuts.
Fruit – unsulphured apricots (makes such a difference to taste), dates, figs, cranberries, raisins, currants, sultanas etc.
- ½ cup buckwheat groats
- ½ cup rolled oats – I used mix of oats spelt, rye & wheat flakes
- 2 heaped tsp coconut oil
- 4 cardamom pods – lightly crushed
- Pinch ground all spice or mixed spice
- 1 tbs mixed dried fruit nuts and seeds
- 2 medium carrots – grated
Place the buckwheat and oats into a bowl, cover with cold water and allow to soak overnight.
In the morning drain the buckwheat and oats, put in a pan with the rest of the ingredients along with an espresso cup of water. Cook over a gentle heat for about 10 mins until the coconut oil has melted and the buckwheat is soft.
Serve immediately with a drizzle of maple syrup.
My coconut oil was from Nu3 an online health food store, who sell a wide range of health foods and supplements, including many European brands which are not readily available in the UK. I’m looking forward to using both the hazelnut butter and hemp oil in smothies in the near future.
This porridge ticks the boxes for a plethora of blog events this month.
Nayna’s In my Veg Box where this month the vegetable is carrots
Feel Good Food over at A Kick At the Pantry Door
Many thanks to Nu3 for my samples.