What are the secrets of healthy, filling , homemade porridge?

(59 Posts)
OLittleTown Sun 30-Dec-12 20:36:42

I'm sick of OatsSoSimple - it just tastes like stodgy now and I'm starving and shakey 3 hours later. Any nice porridge recipes please which will keep me satisfied until lunchtime?


Emandlu Sun 30-Dec-12 20:39:51

Porridge is so simple anyway.

Equal amounts of oats, water and milk in a saucepan over a low heat and keep stirring until it is done. The more you stir the creamier it tastes.

Then add whatever you want when it has cooked. I quite like apple, sultana and cinnamon porridge at the moment.

notMarlene Sun 30-Dec-12 20:45:59

What Em said.

I like to add a tiny pinch of salt as well as sugar, honey or whatever. My grandma' was a scot and insisted it was The Law, I agree.

If you put the oats, water and milk together the night before it'll cook more quickly and get creamy easier too.

Obviously you can make it in the microwave, its fine but it not quite as nice as properly made.

OLittleTown Sun 30-Dec-12 21:31:08

Okay, shall try that tomorrow but pop it all in saucepan tonight. Do you measure via a small cup or something? So it would 1 cup of oats to 1 water and 1 milk? I used to make fresh porridge for the children when they were little (a la Annabel Karmel - always seemed a faff!) so tomorrow it's for me! Thanks

bamboostalks Sun 30-Dec-12 21:33:36

I have tried so many brands and without a doubt, Flavahans is the very best.

bamboostalks Sun 30-Dec-12 21:34:15

YY to overnight soak.

bamboostalks Sun 30-Dec-12 21:34:41

Whole milk much nicer too.

OLittleTown Sun 30-Dec-12 21:57:05

Are rolled oats okay? If not, what's best and I'll pick some up tomorrow?


SchnitzelVonKrumm Sun 30-Dec-12 22:02:10

Seconding Flahavans oats, they are really nutty and delicious.

notcitrus Sun 30-Dec-12 22:08:21

Just cover oats in a bowl with milk, microwave for 2 1/2 minutes. Can use Scotts Traditional Porage Oats or other jumbo oats for more texture, add raisins, etc.

Adding a couple squares of Lindt chili chocolate can really perk up a cold Monday morning!

MERLYPUSS Sun 30-Dec-12 22:12:48

I use an espresso cup. 123 method.
1 of oats
2 of liquid - water or milk or combination
3 mins in micro (stir half way)
Easy to remember. I have molasses on mine.

SoftSheen Sun 30-Dec-12 22:16:02

1 small cup of Jordan's jumbo oats plus 2 cups whole milk. Simmer gently in a saucepan for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until it reaches your preferred thickness.

Serve with either: a teaspoon of brown sugar and a tablespoon of wheatgerm; sliced banana and honey; sliced apple, brown sugar and cinnamon; fresh blueberries or raspberries; raisins; dried apricots... possibilities are endless.

redandyellowbits Sun 30-Dec-12 22:17:41

Add sliced banana to it - gives it a sweet kick and fills you up for longer (just had that for my dinner, yum yum!)

Anifrangapani Sun 30-Dec-12 22:24:04

Oats milk water and salt. Nuts and dried fruit if the mood takes.

OLittleTown Sun 30-Dec-12 22:24:40

Okay, thanks all, will use whatever oats which are in the cupboard tomorrow. smile

CatPussRoastingOnAnOpenFire Sun 30-Dec-12 22:26:56

EEW! Just don't bother! <<boak>>
Eat protein instead. You won't end up with that wobbly feeling at all. grin

Viviennemary Sun 30-Dec-12 22:29:32

I only ever use Scots Porridge oats and follow the instructions on the packet. (The ordinary ones not jumbo oats or whatever.) I do use the microwave method now though I didn't used to.

Djembe Sun 30-Dec-12 22:31:32

Mmm oats. Tesco finest oats are nicest, but any big chunky ones are yum. No water, all milk. 123 micro method is good. Get frozen big bags of mixed summer berries (also Tesco) and chuck in a few, cheap and tasty, best brekkie in the world.


Fairylea Sun 30-Dec-12 22:31:59

Scotts jumbo oats. Equal measures oats and milk then a dash of water. Microwave for 2.30 minutes. Then microwave some cold milk for a minute in a mug whilst bowl of porridge is waiting.

Put sugar on the porridge and pour the warm milk over it.

So nice! And only takes a few minutes!

Celestialcloud Sun 30-Dec-12 22:34:18

I like to put some oats, a dessert spoon of coconut oil, a sliced banana and a drizzle of honey in Tupperware in the evening. Then the next morning I add a bit of milk and microwave. So simple and delicious!

kilmuir Sun 30-Dec-12 22:36:05

my DD loves peanut butter mixed in at the end

ohfunnyFRANKENface Sun 30-Dec-12 22:37:02

I LOVE pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and raisins in mine- cooked with them in so they go juicy.

Asda extra special oats are a good option too.

Options: coconut milk; cinnamon and grated apple; mashed banana; loads of seeds and chopped nuts.

PinkyCheesy Sun 30-Dec-12 22:46:04

Oat bran is nicer I think, not so chunky. But has more soluble fibre which is what fills you up. I make it with water and stir in a bit of milk before eating (and 1/2 tsp sugar) and it fills me up til lunchtime.

Onezerozero Sun 30-Dec-12 22:46:29

I am a totally milk woman too. I pretty much always add a squashed banana and half the time grate in a pear and/or apple too. Occasionally seeds or other berries, or honey, or dried fruit, or yogurt. Yum!

HermioneHatesHoovering Sun 30-Dec-12 22:53:26

I second the protein idea, eggs and bacon will keep me going for 6 hours if I need it!

CatPussRoastingOnAnOpenFire Sun 30-Dec-12 23:21:41

wohoo! someone agrees with me! grin Protein gives a much slower energy release, and doesnt make your blood sugar spike.

MrsReiver Sun 30-Dec-12 23:23:23

A table spoon of apple sauce is lovely too wink

AmberLeaf Sun 30-Dec-12 23:49:21

Any cheap range from a supermarket will do.

Soak over night.

One cup [whatever size that may be, but use the same for each measurement] of dry oats, one and a half cups of cold water, soak overnight in the pot.

In the morning add a cup of cold milk, bring to the boil, stir, add sugar to taste.

You will have perfect porridge with plump oats if you follow that method.

CogitOCrapNotMoreSprouts Mon 31-Dec-12 00:33:27

Another time I'd suggest you try medium ground oatmeal as a change from rolled oats. Takes longer to cook and benefits from being soaked the night before but I think the texture is nicer. I add pumpkin seeds and honey on top of mine as an extra protein element to the oat-germ and milk

littleducks Mon 31-Dec-12 00:47:44

I'm always starving mid morning after a porridge. So either have it later 9/10 am or have to have elevenses.

NuclearStandoff Mon 31-Dec-12 13:24:30

I increase protein content by adding mixed seeds and nuts at the end.

And sometimes make a vegan version using ground almonds and water instead of milk.

trice Mon 31-Dec-12 13:45:33

I like a good knob of salted butter in mine. Cinnamon is good too.

FellatioNelson Mon 31-Dec-12 13:49:53

There are no secrets. I don't really understand the need for 'instant' porridge. Oridnary porridge is practically instant anyway. confused It is the easiest thing ever. And delicious.

OLittleTown Tue 01-Jan-13 16:05:10

Thanks all - its been brown sugar the past two days but will definitely start adding other flavours! Must nicer than Oatsosimple (or the horrible 'porridge' we used to have at school grin) and it is keeping me going til lunchtime. Result!

porridgelover Tue 01-Jan-13 16:15:27

Ahem. This is my Mastermind specialist subject.

I may have been known to make some as a treat before bed grin.

One cup of oats, to 2 cups of water.
4.5 minutes in the microwave at 600W.
Add milk/honey/sugar/whatevs


Never hungry til lunchtime.

Selks Tue 01-Jan-13 17:11:45

Not porridge but related - Bircher Muesli

In a plastic tub the night before you want it - mix
a smallish cup of oats (any kind)
some nuts eg almond or mixed
some sunflower seeds or other seeds such as pumpkin etc
a little dried fruit e.g. sultanas, cranberries, mango etc
enough milk (I use skimmed) to generously cover.

Leave in fridge overnight.

Next morning - quickly chop some fresh fruit e.g an apple or a pear, mix in with the muesli. Top with a spoon of plain fat free greek yogurt if desired and a drizzle of honey. Eat.

It is truly the food of the Gods; delicious, nutritious and will easily see you through until lunch time.

DoubleLifeIsALifeHalved Tue 01-Jan-13 18:16:18

When you add apple/ pear/ nana's do you put them in before cooking? And if so do they taste cooked, or just warmed?

Must get into proper porridge!

Teapot13 Tue 01-Jan-13 22:40:01

Does it have to be oats? We like semolina here -- you kind of have to do it on the stove because it has to be stirred constantly but it takes almost no time. I just use milk, raisins and cinnamon, then add the semolina when the milk is scalded (in the proportion the instructions say).

I add honey, DH adds sugar. I used to add applesauce as a sweetener for toddler DD but she's on to us now and we give her honey as well.

With any hot cereal, I put the raisins in to start to give them maximum time to plump up.

ohfunnyhoneyface Thu 03-Jan-13 08:15:47

I sometimes grate the apple in at the start of cooking, or slice the banana up thinly and add to it whilst cooking OR after, both tastes nice. If it's an older banana I just mash it right in!

Always tastes 'cooked'. Though I bet cooked apple then added would be lovely too...

DoubleLifeIsALifeHalved Thu 03-Jan-13 09:05:34

Sounds yummy! In horrid shopping accident I have 'golden syrup oastsosimple' currently eating it & sighing...

mothermirth Thu 03-Jan-13 09:10:42

Condensed milk and a blob of butter, mmmmm grin

BonzoDooDah Thu 03-Jan-13 16:01:58

I second cooking it in a microwave - can cook it in a glass bowl - no need to stir or worry about sticking or burning. (I don't soak and am on Slimming world diet so weigh stuff - but use 35g oats, and up to 200g with the milk [165g milk])
I don't even soak the oats - 2 minutes in micro on full, stir, and maybe another minute if they're sturdy oats, less if quite finely ground.

I have it with a teaspoon of nutella, or blackcurrant jam ... or both if feeling greedy hungry.

ppeatfruit Thu 03-Jan-13 17:40:11

Like porridgelover I've researched this subject and would say that everyone is different and we all like different things. (The protein V carbs argument can be solved by looking at your blood type BTW). But oats are one of the most nutritious carbs.

1. Use the largest organic oats you can find

2. Soak in water overnight or for 5 mins in luke warm water before cooking gently.

3. Keep stirring or even whisking till it's the texture you like.

4. Milk is unnecessary when cooking because the oats make their own "milk'. of course you can add cream,milk,soya milk etc when in the bowl to cool it down.

5. I like adding ground almonds,pumpkin and linseeds. They can be cooked whole with the porridge as someone upthread said.

6. Molasses is fab with porridge, as is very dark brown sugar and maple syrup . smile

ComradeJing Thu 03-Jan-13 18:40:36

I also use the 123 method but only use milk.

I throw in a handful of frozen berries attheend (which also makes it cool enough to eat immediately) and a teaspoon of jam. My mum cooks it with marmalade, caraway seeds, cinnamon and sultanas.

Roseformeplease Thu 03-Jan-13 18:43:17

Half a cup of oats to a full cup of water / milk. 3 mins (roughly) in the microwave. Add sweetener / milk / cream to taste.

fivecandles Thu 03-Jan-13 19:20:37

Cover bottom of a bowel with oats, a bit of cinammon or mixed spice, then cover with milk. Zap in microwave for 1.5 minutes, stir, then add blueberries and zap for another minute or so.

fivecandles Thu 03-Jan-13 19:21:01

Then squeezy golden syrup. Yum.

OLittleTown Thu 03-Jan-13 20:51:52

I'm loving my breakfast this past few days - and it's keeping me going til lunchtime. Have perfected my oats/milk ratio and had banana this morning. Something different tomorrow - maybe cinnamon or frozen raspberries! Thanks for all the suggestions!

MrsReiver Thu 03-Jan-13 20:54:47

This no-cook fridge porridge is delicious. I was initially very skeptical about eating porridge that hadn't been cooked but it is really, really lovely.

vickycats Thu 03-Jan-13 23:09:22

We put mashed bananas in ours a minute before finishing microwaving! They are so yummy and don't need any sugar/sweetners/sugar at all. YUM!!!!

CredulousThicko Thu 03-Jan-13 23:18:45

Isn't OatSoSimple a processed version of cereal anyway? they always make me feel shaky

I always use basic oats, I think the trick is to make it fully with milk, not water, and cook as long as possible - I find that this makes it naturally go sweet.

ohfunnyhoneyface Fri 04-Jan-13 08:54:07

At work I do mine in one of the hundreds sports direct mugs that we have, ping it in the microwave.

I'm going to get up and have my porridge now...only thing to get me out of bed!

ppeatfruit Fri 04-Jan-13 10:25:54

oh I forgot cinnamon and nutmeg are gorgeous on porridge!

Dava Fri 04-Jan-13 10:32:22

No, no no! Not oats! As a Scot, proper porridge is made with oatmeal. I have porridge every morning - it's the only thing that keeps me going till lunchtime. A couple of large spoonfuls of medium ground oatmeal, a couple of cups of water, a pinch of salt and cinnamon, bring it to the boil, then low simmer for 5 minutes. Dead simple - I get all the kids breakfasts together as it's simmering. I put a handful of raisins on it after it's in the bowl, and add milk. It's cholesterol busting as well.

ppeatfruit Fri 04-Jan-13 12:33:36

I find if I whisk my oats then they break down to become oat meal while cooking DavaSurely oatmeal is just ground oats isn't it?

HeavyBee Sat 05-Jan-13 15:30:38

We are a mostly non-dairy family and so we use unsweetened soya milk, which makes unexpectedly good porridge. Our microwave is 850 watts so I had to experiment until I could get porridge which doesn't explode all over the microwave, and tastes as good as it does if you make it in a pan on the stove (which takes too much stirring on manic mornings). For one person I use half a mug of ordinary porridge oats and one mug of soya milk, microwave on medium in a one litre Pyrex bowl for three minutes, give it a stir and a minute to stand and then cook for one more minute on high. The bowl has to be big enough that the porridge doesn't pour, volcano-like, over the sides as it cooks. I like it best with maple syrup and eat it almost every day in winter. It lasts me from 7.30 until lunchtime at about noon.

ppeatfruit Sat 05-Jan-13 17:09:38

I love soya milk too HeavyBee (to hijack the thread grin sorry) it makes the most frothy capuccino you can get! IMO it must be organic non GM though.

Tiny12 Sat 05-Jan-13 23:06:57

I weigh out 30 grams of porridge oats, pour over 185 ml of milk and microwave for 2 mins (850 micro) . I then stir in a small amount of sweetener and its perfect.

SkeletonButterfly Wed 16-Jan-13 09:46:45

I have just made some porridge with a Graze millionaires shortbread punnet dumped in it smile

Porridge is awesome!

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