It’s fair to say that we all consider porridge to be a classic breakfast staple – it’s a delicious, warming and nutritious way to start the day. Porridge is brilliantly versatile, with many ways to use these unassuming oats, like boosting it with some creative toppings like a spoonful of creamy peanut butter or a dollop of raspberry jam. Delicious toppings are a great way to make your porridge tasty, but the options don’t just end there! The way you cook porridge can make for a new and unusual breakfast experience, so why not try some of these ideas to liven up your morning oats?
Gordon Ramsay’s Baked Oats
With a host of Michelin stars and a successful television career behind him, top chef Gordon Ramsay is an established authority on the subject of good food. Although he’s best known for his high-end restaurants and fiery personality, he has a fondness for recreating basic dishes in surprising and unconventional ways. One such recipe is his take on porridge, where he oven-bakes oats in a baking dish with sugar, cinnamon, almonds, pear and nutmeg to create a delicious treat, perfect for breakfast or a simple snack. Sprinkle the top with sugar and place under the grill to create a crust, and serve warm in a bowl with a side of milk.
You may sometimes be after a bit of crunch, so this method of cooking produces sweet, crunchy-fried oat bars of deliciousness. Start by making regular porridge with salt and water, and leave this to ‘set’ in the fridge for 12 hours or so. What you should end up with is a solid porridge mix with a consistency similar to flapjack.
You can then get in touch with your creative side – use butter spiced with ingredients like nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves mixed with brown sugar to caramelise the bars of porridge. Fry until each bar is golden brown and crispy, and transform basic porridge into a decadent treat. It’s quite rich, so best to save this recipe as a special treat!
If you’re not a morning person, this might be the recipe for you. This cold, creamy porridge is a nutritious breakfast that doesn’t require much effort first thing – let your fridge do the work! Combine oats, yoghurt, milk and chia seeds in a jar, and pop it in the fridge the night before. Get experimental with the flavours – berries, bananas and cocoa powder are all tasty options to try. All that’s left to do in the morning is to grab it out of the fridge on your way out! Simple.
There are many ways to try porridge oats – healthy, versatile and nourishing, they make the ideal breakfasts, snacks and treats. So to enjoy oats with a bit of a twist, why not give these ideas a try?