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

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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?


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!!!!

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