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Porridge… How do you take yours? Sweet, salty… or both??

Porridge… I think the sweet or salty, milk or water debate can be as divisive as pineapple on a pizza (it’s a solid yes for me!)

How do you like your porridge? What are your rules? 

Me, I like both… sweet and salty in the same bowl… just like popcorn… yes you can mix it with your porridge… if you like… or not if you don’t… 

For a long time, I didn’t think I liked porridge until my friend Nick introduced me to his chocolate orange porridge… and I was sold, then I started to play around with different tastes. Who knew that the humble, traditional Scottish oat breakfast could be so versatile? 

I still stand by my hot fruit… I know people that chop the fruit up and mix it through their porridge… Nope, no thanks!!! 

Chocolate Porridge Fiber Points 4+

35 – 50g rolled oats (organic & gluten-free if you can get them and rolled or steel cut over quick oats*)

200-300ml water or milk of choice

Pinch sea salt

Tsp sweetener – maple syrup, honey, and coconut sugar are good options

Tbsp cacao or cocoa powder (or a couple of squares of dark chocolate, if you use milk chocolate, you probably won’t need any sweetener).

Options to Add to Boost Your Fiber Points

Tbsp seeds – pumpkin, sunflower, flaxseed, hemp 

A handful of chopped nuts – walnuts, cashews, brazil, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts

Tbsp desiccated coconut (to make it like a bounty) 

Goji berries

Orange zest & orange juice (choco orange) 

Peppermint essence (if you like peppermint creams)

Vanilla pods 

Cinnamon and nutmeg are great warmers for the cold months

Put all your chosen ingredients into a pot, and heat on low heat until your preferred consistency. 

*Quick oats are so broken down that they have been shown to raise your blood sugar faster than rolled or steel-cut oats, and they won’t leave you feeling as full and satisfied.

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