Prep: 2 mins Cook: 8 mins | Ingredients: 4 | Serves: 2-3 | Go to recipe
We love eating porridge (oatmeal) anytime of year, but especially on a cold morning. Naturally sweetened with apple and cinnamon, you can add extra toppings and maple syrup to make this sweeter if you like.
There’s nothing like having a warm and nourishing bowl of porridge – kind of like a hug from the inside.
This is a super healthy way to start your day, needs only 4 ingredients + 10 minutes, and one of our faves!
Porridge vs Oatmeal – which is it?
Do you call it oatmeal instead of porridge? If you live in the States, you’d call this oatmeal. We’re talking about ‘oatmeal’ made with oats in this recipe, whereas in the rest of the world you might substitute oats for rice (Chinese congee), grits or polenta to make a porridge – and not necessarily a breakfast meal.
What’s in it?
- Rolled oats – an excellent source of happy-gut fibre, protein and carbs to keep you fuller for longer. We like whole rolled oats for the texture, though you can speed up the cooking time with quick oats (they come cut in smaller pieces). Steel-cut oats have a cult following, but follow the package instructions for cooking – it’s on our list to try! If you’re looking for a gluten-free breakfast, then be sure to look for oats labelled gluten-free.
- Apples – great source of Vitamin C and fibre. Substitute for pears or stone fruits if preferred.
- Cinnamon ground – a healthy spice, adds all things nice to your porridge. We love the sweetness and moreish flavour that it brings to stewed fruits, muffins, cakes, smoothies and of course porridge.
- Plant milk – we like to use almond milk as we always have it on hand, but you can substitute with your favourite plant milk, or water.
- Toppings – some of the toppings we like to use are fruits (apple, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, dates, goji berries, peaches), seeds (pepitas), nuts and nut butters (almond, cashew, macadamia, walnut, peanut). Yoghurt can be another tasty topping (we love almond and coconut yoghurts). These toppings make it sweet enough for us, but if you need extra sweetness try a drizzle of maple syrup.
Happy gut = happy life
We’re calling it – this breakfast combined with a coffee in the morning is a sure-fire way to keep things regular in the ol’ gut department. We ate this daily when I was pregnant and post-partum (PSA: constipation when you’re pregnant is truly unpleasant you guys), and now we eat it often on weekdays as our toddler often requests it. It’s easy to eat and so nutritious, so give this one a go!
If you’re meal prepping for the week and like to cut down your morning cooking time (or take this to work!), you could happily get a few things going:
- Stew the apples with cinnamon and water on Sunday to keep in the fridge for 3 days
- Combine rolled oats with plant milk and some of the water from the stewed apples, and store in the fridge (I’d keep for 3 days ahead then make another batch fresh).
- Optional: store in individual serves and add stewed apples and extra toppings.
- When you’re ready to eat: choose your serving size, add a little extra plant milk or water and heat in a microwave or stove.
We love hearing from you, so let us know if you tried it!
Easy Weekday Apple Porridge (Oatmeal)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 apple, cored and sliced
- ¼ tsp cinnamon, ground
- ¾ cup boiling water
- 1½ cup plant milk almond or coconut milk, or substitute with water
- extra toppings fruit, seeds and almond butter, maple syrup
- Combine water, apple slices and cinnamon in a saucepan and simmer over a medium heat for 3 minutes or until apple is softened.
- Set apple slices aside leaving cooking water in the saucepan, and add rolled oats and plant milk. Cook for a 3-4 minutes, stirring until just cooked and creamy. Add extra plant milk if needed.
- To serve, top porridge with apple slices and extra toppings (optional) – like extra fresh or dried sliced fruits, seeds, maple syrup, extra cinnamon and almond butter.