Porridge Done Well — Three Ways

Before becoming a mother, I ate porridge quite often. But the day after Ivy was born, oats became one of my every day staple foods.

They're extremely high in iron and although there isn't any scientific evidence that definitively proves they helps promote healthy breastmilk production, a bowl of porridge has been recommended for years by lactation consultants and midwives to help women increase their milk.

At the very least, a cozy bowl of porridge is one of the healthiest and most comforting ways to begin the day for everyone in the family. 

Oats are a whole grain, meaning they are an unprocessed grain. They contain phosphorus, zinc and are a great source of fibre. Whole grains (like all plant-foods in their whole form) lower risk of disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol.

All recipes yield: 2 servings

Morning Maple Porridge (my go-to)

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup + 1 Tbsp almond milk, divide (homemade or store bought)
1 Tbsp coconut sugar (plus more for sprinkling on top)
2 tsp of ground cinnamon, divided
1 tsp pure maple syrup

topping of your choice

Method

Rinse the oats in a colander very well before using them. Add the oats, 1 cup of almond milk, coconut sugar and 1 tsp of cinnamon to a pot. Heat the oats over medium heat and whisk often until they're sticky. Remove the oats from the heat and transfer to serving bowls. Add 1 Tbsp of cold almond milk, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, maple syrup and a wee bit of coconut sugar on top. You may also add any other toppings of your choice. Sometimes I like to add blueberries or sliced banana to this bowl. Other days, I keep it simple and eat it as is. 

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Coconut Porridge (perfect for summer) 

1 cup rolled oats
1 1⁄2 cup water
1/2 cup almond milk, (homemade or store bought)
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp coconut sugar (plus more for sprinkling on top)
1⁄2 cup shredded coconut (plus more for sprinkling on top)
fruit of your choice

Method

Rinse the oats in a colander very well before using them. At least half an hour before preparing the porridge, combine rinsed oats, water, chia seeds, 1 Tbsp coconut sugar and shredded coconut in a bowl, stir and set aside. The oats and chia seeds are going to become very gooey, optimal for digestion. Once you’re ready to eat and your oats are gooey, give them a good stir, pour in your almond milk and top with coconut sugar, shredded coconut and fruit of your choice. If it’s a chilly day, you can also heat up the porridge in a pot with the almond milk for a few minutes. This is also delicious!

Baked Apple Porridge

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup almond milk (homemade or store bought)
1 Tbsp coconut sugar (plus more for sprinkling on top)
2 tsp of ground cinnamon, divided
1 tsp pure maple syrup
1 tsp coconut oil
1 apple, cored and cut into cubes

topping of your choice

Method

Rinse the oats in a colander very well before using them. Add the oats, 1 cup of almond milk, coconut sugar and 1 tsp of cinnamon to a pot. Heat the oats over medium heat and whisk until they're sticky. 

In a separate frying pan, heat the coconut oil. Once it has melted, add the apple pieces, cinnamon and maple syrup. Toss the apple often until it's lightly grilled and coated in cinnamon and maple syrup. Set aside.
Transfer the oats to two bowls and top with the maple apples. Add a small sprinkle of cinnamon and pouring of maple syrup if you prefer.