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What can I put in my porridge to sweeten it?

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DaughterDrowningInJunk Sun 17-Apr-16 17:09:56

I have given up sugar in my coffee but I think it was pointless because I am still having porridge with golden syrup.

I already add frozen berries to the porridge when I am making it. I have a really sweet tooth and I don't like it with nothing. I am trying very hard to reduce sugar in my diet, and I don't really want to start using artificial sweeteners either. I know I need to retrain my tastebuds.

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Twitterqueen Sun 17-Apr-16 17:13:13

yoghurt. My favourite is ginger, but you could have anything. It's lovely.

JOEYDOESNTSHAREFOOD Sun 17-Apr-16 17:13:43

Grated carrot. Sounds mad but it works. Also grated Apple but then it's Apple flavoured, with the carrot you just get the sweetness.

Tangoandcreditcards Sun 17-Apr-16 17:13:56

I use dates. I chop them up cook them in the porridge and then squash them and stir them through. They're pretty sweet so I only need one for a whole bowl.

No idea if it's any healthier than syrup, but it makes me feel better.

SunnySomer Sun 17-Apr-16 17:14:16

Half a mashed up banana? This is about 35 or 40 cals which may be similar to a measured tsp of syrup (not sure, you'd need to check), but is not refined sugar.

Finola1step Sun 17-Apr-16 17:14:28

I chuck in a chopped up banana.

DaughterDrowningInJunk Sun 17-Apr-16 17:14:45

You mean plain yoghurt with ginger in, or ginger-flavoured yoghurt?

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wombattoo Sun 17-Apr-16 17:15:45

I used to eat Flahaven porridge oats. They are creamy and don't need sugar

StrawberrytallCake Sun 17-Apr-16 17:16:23


DaughterDrowningInJunk Sun 17-Apr-16 17:16:50

Wow, lots of cross-posts there. I love the idea of carrot. Thank you everyone.

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SunnySomer Sun 17-Apr-16 17:17:43

Or. Serious alternative: try not sweet at all, just some salt, and maybe some fruit afterwards? The salt makes the porridge taste amazing

Flywheel Sun 17-Apr-16 17:18:34

Banana chips.

mudandmayhem01 Sun 17-Apr-16 17:19:14

I just have mine with a bit of cold full fat milk. Took me about a week to get used to it without sugar. To be honest a teaspoon of sugar or golden syrup is still a lot less sugar than most breakfast cereals.

P1nkP0ppy Sun 17-Apr-16 17:22:16

Maple syrup
Chopped apple and cinnamon
Banana - mashed?
Dried fruit (sultanas, currants, mixed peel or apricots, prunes, dried apple rings)

notagiraffe Sun 17-Apr-16 17:22:17

A good trick is to put a couple of drops of vanilla essence and a pinch of cinnamon in. They are tastes so linked with sweetness that they make you think the food is sweeter than it is. If you have those and half a banana or a spoonful of fruit puree, it should work. or a teaspoon of honey as honey is much sweeter than sugar. Drizzle the honey on the surface, don't stir it in. tastes sweeter that way.

Mrsmorton Sun 17-Apr-16 17:27:55

Maple syrup and honey are still sugar. Don't be fooled into thinking they're not just because they're "natural".

Elllicam Sun 17-Apr-16 17:28:17

I put in a puréed pear. Surprisingly nice and I have a serious sweet tooth.

happyis Sun 17-Apr-16 17:28:28

I have chopped pear, bananas or raisins/dried fruit also try unsweetened almond milk it has a sweeter taste to cows milk.

HildaOgdensMuriel Sun 17-Apr-16 17:29:30

I need less sugar if I put a little salt in.

mountaintoclimb Sun 17-Apr-16 17:37:10

I sprinkle a 1/4 spoonful of sweetener over mine. It just takes the edge of it.

popcornpaws Sun 17-Apr-16 19:28:10

I only ever eat mine with salt, but if you need to sweeten it, a teaspoon of maple syrup/honey only comes to around 20 cals, both are sweeter than sugar so i would be careful about adding fruit to the mix as well.

FlukeSkyeRunner Mon 18-Apr-16 09:40:19

Make it with full fat milk, or grate an apple in. If you eat less refined sugar you start to notice how naturally sweet full fat milk, apples, bananas etc are. Might take a few days to get used to.

Omgmommaof3dragons Mon 18-Apr-16 18:50:21

Honey! It's good for you and zero calories! Get 100% pure and put it in everything you need sweetened smile

Luciferbox Mon 18-Apr-16 18:55:04

I use banana but a friend swears by the salt trick mentioned above.

mudandmayhem01 Mon 18-Apr-16 20:46:06

Honey is sugar, its tastier than pure sugar but it is still sugar.

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