There are very few things I love more than breakfast, or to be fair, food in general. But porridge is just one of those wonderfully healing, creamy, soul restoring foods that warm you up in the deepest way – the best idea for a fresh spring morning that is slightly cooler when the sun’s not quite out yet.
This was super simple to make, no added sugar, dairy or wheat, and combines the wonderfully soothing gut-loving quality of oats and fibre-rich soluble fibre to keep you feeling warm and satisfied. I find breakfasts like these really help to keep me grounded and steady on my feet during the morning, which is much needed if you have a few things to do, yet calming enough to not be over-stimulating when you are craving to have a sleepy, restful day ahead of you.
1 cup oats
1 cup plant milk or water
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp dried raisins
Pinch sea salt
2 tbsp homemade apple sauce
(You can make this beforehand in big batches and use it as a natural sweetener in baked goods such as muffins, pancakes, cookies and cakes, simply chop up 2 big Bramley cooking apples into 1cm cubes, you can leave the skins on, and pop them in a big pan with 1 inch water, a pinch sea salt, a cinnamon stick and cook them with the lid on over a low heat for 30 minutes, adding 1 or 2 tbsp honey or rice syrup at the end to take the edge off, as Bramley apples can be quite tart. This quantity will make a nice big bowlful, and will keep in the fridge in an airtight jar for up to a week).
Simply pop all the ingredients into a pan, cook gently on a low-medium heat for about 12-15 minutes, or until the oats have cooked thoroughly and the raisins have softened. Add more milk if you desire a more creamy consistency. Transfer to a bowl and serve with your favourite toppings! Try yoghurt and a drizzle of honey, or chopped apple and extra cinnamon, with a sprinkling of crunchy seeds or granola.