Oh man …it’s been some busy months since my last post. I’ve had a dear friend , who made the dramatic switch from Thailand to Denmark, move in with us for a while; we took in a second cat (this time a male kitten) and we suddenly realised we just got ourselves a “furry baby” ; we moved to a new place and we had to move everything in only two days …aaaand… among all this craziness, we also GOT MARRIED! Can you believe it? I sure don’t! … I am still on vacation mode and still lingering over the few days we spent in Prague as our very short version of a honeymoon. But, as summer is over, I should probably stop dreaming about hot days at the beach and slowly return to a more realistic approach. In other words, get back to somewhat of a routine!
What usually helps me best with “getting back on the horse” is waking up early in the morning, even if I don’t have a specific place where to be that day. It took me years to become a morning person after my college years. But once I actually got the hang of it, I started feeling way more productive and active. For more than 3 years now, I am not only a morning person but also a “breakfast person”. Most of my friends and family skip breakfast or treat it with less consideration than a snack. I personally could not start my day without it and it has to be a BIG one too!
I find that everyone’s excuse for skipping breakfast is “lack of time” or “lack of appetite”. I must admit that I also used the first one a lot, a few years back, but I most definitely did not lack the appetite! I remember how I would be on my way to classes or work and my tummy would be growling uncontrollably. The lack of ‘breakfast culture’ in my family has made me go on with a growling tummy for years and years, until I finally decided ‘to breakfast’ !
Not only that summer is over but it is actually pretty cold now, here in Denmark. It makes you feel like snuggling under a blanket all the time and drinking a never-ending cup of hot tea. It feels particularly cold early in the morning. That is why, a hot steaming bowl of porridge is one of my favorite breakfast foods for autumn and winter. It might seem tedious to make at the beginning but it’s actually not. If you like the snooze button too much, you might want to cut your fruits in the evening before though . If you are good with chopping, it only takes about 5 minutes to deseed the apples and cut them into little pieces , alongside with the bananas, otherwise, you might be risking a finger or two , especially if you can barely keep your eyes open after you wake up.
If you are one of those people who thinks porridge is just baby food disguised as adult food, then …you are absolutely right! Haha! But this is one delicious ‘baby food’! Actually, from my experience , most of baby foods are delicious and beside maybe the mushy texture, I don’t really see any reason why we stop eating it when we grow up. Personally, I can’t wait to have children, only to share their food and play with their toys! Haha!
Anyway, putting a stop to my rant about mushy food (which I love! ) I wholeheartedly recommend starting your day with this delightfully nutritious breakfast. You can, of course, try out any combination of fruits you like (just remember that not all fruits go well together with any other fruits and some of them don’t react well when cooked). With the hope that this recipe will convince more people to become a breakfast person I wish you ‘Bon appetite!’
- 500 gr / 2 cups of (medium-grind) unsweetened oats
- 750 ml / 3 cups of milk (you can also use rice or almond milk. if you wish to keep it vegan)
- 60 ml / 4 tablespoons of maple syrup
- 3 medium-ripe bananas, cut into small pieces
- 2 medium golden apples, deseeded and cut into small pieces
- a handful of raspberries
- 125 gr / ½ cup chopped walnuts
- up to 100 gr / 4 tablespoons of peanut-butter
- You need to start off by having everything ready, at your reach. Chop the walnuts first, and then the apples and bananas. If you prepare them the night before, make sure you place them in an air tight bag in the fridge and drizzle a little bit of lemon juice on the apples and bananas.
- Use a medium sized pot so you have enough space to stir in it, and place it on the stove at a medium to high temperature.
- Saute the apples and bananas along with the maple syrup for about 2 minutes, or until the apples become soft.
- Pour in the milk and walnuts and continue stirring for another 2-3 minutes, until the milk gets all bubbly.
- Reduce the heat a little bit and slowly add the oats while you keep stirring . Keep cooking for another 3 minutes and then take it off the stove and place a lid on the pot.
- Let it rest for about 2-3 minutes and place it in a bowl. Add a spoonful of peanut-butter and mix it well while the porridge is still hot.
- Top it up with a few raspberries and enjoy your healthy and delicious breakfast!
If you are vegan you can replace the milk with most of the vegan alternatives , such as: rice/almonds/oat/ flax/cashew/ hemp/soy milk. I do however believe that coconut milk is a bit too heavy for this porridge and I would personally avoid it.
For a gluten free version of this porridge you simply need to buy "gluten free certified" oatmeal.