I like to make oat porridge, since it is quick and easy, and I can easily vary the meal by adding various toppings, or mixing extra ingredients into the porridge as I cook it.
The two basic ingredients in oat porridge is oats and water. Adding salt is also very popular.
You can change the nutritional profile and taste of the porridge by replacing all or part of the water with another liquid, such as cow milk, coconut milk, youghurt, almond milk or even – oat milk!
- Put 50 grams of porridge oats in a saucepan.
- Pour in 250 ml water and 100 ml milk.
- Add a pinch of salt.
- Stir with a spoon to make sure that all the oats are wet.
- Bring to a boil. Lower the temperature and simmer for 4-5 minutes. While the porridge is simmering, you should stir it from time to time to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the saucepan and getting burned.
- Put the porridge in a bowl and serve with the toppings of your choice.
- Colorful berries and cut up pieces of fruit adds vitamins and other antioxidants. Fresh or frozen produce is great, but dried fruit and berries are also an excellent choice since the warm and moist porridge will bring out their best.
- Nuts or nut butters can make the dish more filling and nutritious. Almond, hazelnut and cashew are just a few examples. I use chopped nuts in my porridge, since I like the feeling of crunchy nuts in smooth porridge. Linseed, sunflower seeds and chia seeds will produce a similarly crunchy texture.
- Spices can make a world of difference when it comes to taste, and many spices also have health-promoting properties. Cinnamon, nutmeg or cardamom is a great start.
- Desiccated coconut and vanilla extract for a tropical twist to the cold-climate oats.
- For a Mediterranean feel, add roasted figs and thyme leaves.
- Honey, agave syrup or granulated sugar can be added as a topping or mixed into the porridge while it’s simmering on the stove.