Food ideas: Winter warming spiced porridge

Spiced porridge

Spiced porridge

This has to be one of my all time favourite winter warmer recipes to start my mornings when it is bleak and cold outside. This recipe was first given to me by one of my Ayurvedic teachers a few years ago and has been tweaked over the years to form the most delicious warming spiced porridge known to man (well at least in my world anyway).

The toasting of the oats in ghee or butter is a super important step, not to be skipped, as it imparts a delicious nutty flavour to the porridge, as well as serving to assist us break down the oats in our belly. I believe this is one of the best kept secrets for making the BEST porridge, so please, I repeat, do not skip this step! 

The combination of delicious spices in this recipe add their own health benefits to the mix, aiding to control our blood sugars throughout the morning whilst also imparting a lovely sweetness to the porridge. And the addition of chopped figs or raisins also add some more fibre and natural sweetness to the mix.

I also like to top my bowl with a drizzle of raw honey and a spoonful of LSA for added health kicks, but you could try stewed fruit, a dollop of yoghurt or another teaspoon of melted ghee and cinnamon. 

Ingredients:  (Serves 1 large serving or 2 kid’s sized portions)

1 cup oats

1 tbsp ghee or butter

1 cup water

1 tsp cinnamon powder

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

1/4 cup sultanas or chopped dried figs

1 cup milk (dairy, nut or coconut)

Honey, to drizzle on top

Instructions:

Heat ghee/butter in small saucepan. Add oats and toast for 2-3 minutes until they turn brownish and smell delish. Add water and stir to remove lumps.

Add cardamon and cinnamon and dried fruit to the pot and keep stirring for another 3-4 minutes. Add milk and boil gently for another 5 minutes.

Drizzle with honey when ready to eat, add a dollop of yoghurt or spoonful of LSA.