What does it take to be a perfect bowl of porridge? The answer to this as with many other things, is that it’s different for everyone. Some people I know love their porridge cooked with water, some salt and pepper and a dollop of butter. Some people I know, like theirs runny, like a soup. Personally I’m a thick porridge girl myself, preferably sweetened with fruit.
So, I’m going to give you my version of perfect oats. My preferred method is to let the oats soak overnight with 1 cup of the water I’m going to cook them in, a pinch of Himalayan pink salt and a squeeze of lemon juice. They say soaking helps to break down the phytic acid which can combine with minerals in the gut to block the absorption of nutrients in the grain. Soaking or fermenting the grains beforehand releases enzymes to help breakdown the phytic acid and gluten which is present in many grains, especially wheat, but oats as well. Oats contain more phytic acid than any other grain so it’s important to soak them. Of course, if you forget, don’t worry, you won’t die.
1/2 cup of wholegrain oats (GF if you’re sensitive to gluten)
1 cup of water
1/2 cup of milk of choice (I go between almond and coconut)
pinch of Himalayan pink salt
Let’s assume that you soaked your oats with the cup of water and pinch of salt in your saucepan. The next morning, just add the milk and cook on medium heat until the oats reach your desired consistency. It won’t take long as they will be really soft. Make sure you stir the oats whilst cooking, this will give it a really nice and creamy consistency.
If you didn’t soak your oats, don’t fret. Just add all the ingredients to the saucepan and cook as above. It may take a minute longer, just do some squats whilst you wait.
OHM Perfect Porridge: To the above recipe, add 1 medium ripe banana before cooking. Mash with a potato masher until it’s all incorporated with the oats. This will add a natural sweetness so that you don’t have to add any other sweeteners. If you’re tempted to add more sweetener, I suggest doing that with your toppings.
Now that you know how to make the basics, why not try some flavour combos by adding the following to the OHM Perfect Porridge recipe.
Banana Chai Oats : add 1 tsp of cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp cardamon, 1/8 tsp cloves, 1 crack of black pepper to the above recipe before cooking. Once it reaches your desired consistency, add 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract. Top with berries, goji, almonds, shredded coconut, chia, coconut yoghurt and nut butter.
Blueberry Banana Oats: Add 1 cup of frozen blueberries whilst the oats are cooking. Top with fresh kiwi and coconut flakes
Pumpkin Pie Oats: Add 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree and 1 tsp of pumpkin spice mix to the oats before cooking. Top with caramelised apples, chopped pecans and a dash of maple syrup.
Vanilla Pear: Substitute the banana with 1 medium ripe pear, and add 1 tsp of vanilla extract to the porridge once it’s cooked. Top with caramelised pears and seeds of choice.
So those are just a few flavours but really, the sky is the limit when it comes to coming up with some good ones. Just think about the flavours you like and which of those go well together and bingo!
Peas, love and munbeans