This week marks National Breakfast Week! Yes, from the 24th to the 30th January, we are celebrating all things cereal and toast. To show my own appreciation to this under-the-radar celebration, I’m going to be sharing 10 ways to spruce up your porridge.
1) BANANA & ALMOND
This is one of my own go-to porridge combos. The banana makes a great natural sweetener and you can even mash half of it into the porridge. The almonds give it some added crunch.
If you’re not too keen on this ‘healthy eating’ lark, why not make your oats a bit more indulgent by including chocolate? I like to use the coconut choc shot by Sweet Freedom, but feel free to experiment and throw in your favourite chocolate treat! Keep that healthy balance by adding some berries.
3) APPLE & CINNAMON
Another one of my favourite combinations: apple & cinnamon. These flavours go hand in hand and you can include them any way you like. Stew the apples, mix the cinnamon into the oats or just throw them all on top.
4) NUT BUTTERS
Nut butters are another great way to add some flavour to your porridge. The way it melts into the oats is just divine. My favourite nut butter is almond, but your bog-standard peanut butter does the trick nicely.
5) BLUEBERRY & COCONUT
My favourite thing about mixing blueberries into porridge is that it turns a bright purple! Another great natural sweetener, blueberries have been branded a ‘super food’ so there’s no better way to start the day. Add some coconut for an exotic touch.
6) BERRIES & SEEDS
Seeds may sound boring, but they’re a great source of protein & fibre. Of course, just adding those into your porridge isn’t going to give it much flavour so add berries for sweetness.
7) BAKED OATS
Not really a topper, but another way to spruce up your breakfast when you’ve got some extra time in the morning. Just mix your oats and any other ingredients together with an egg and bake in the oven for about 40 minutes.
8) GRAZE PUNNETS
If I’m feeling a bit more rebellious in the mornings, I like to use a punnet from Graze Box as a porridge topper. There are so many different options including the pictured ‘Rock Road’ punnet – pecans, dried cranberries & dark chocolate buttons.
9) HONEY & NUTS
The porridge alternative to Crunchy Nut Cereal, – although you can now buy ‘Crunch Nut’ porridge – the honey acts as a natural sweetener while the nuts give it a bit of extra crunch and texture.
10) OVERNIGHT OATS
Much like the baked oats, this isn’t a topper but another way to mix up your morning oats. Perfect for the summer months, these should be prepared the night before and stored in the fridge overnight. Soak the oats for 8 hours for the best results.