Spice up your Morning Bowl of Oats this Winter with these Five Delicious Recipes

Bored senseless with your stodgy bowl of oats in the morning? Sick of whipping up the same old, same old every morning and in-need of something new to get you out of bed and enjoying breakfast again? Well then I have you covered, I’ve pulled together five of my favourite simple porridge recipes that I just know you’re going to love.

So get ready Lovelies, your mornings are about to get a whole lot more delicious……

Chocolate, Maca Superfood Porridge

Really, chocolate and porridge!  Has there ever been a better combination. I’ve been making this mouth watering, indulgent porridge for years now and I love the way it gives me a huge energy boost that lasts all day. Be warned though, this chocolate treat is a little on the indulgent side and once you’ve tasted it you’ll never be able to eat a normal bowl of oats again (Calories be damned).

To make: Just add 1-2 heaped tbsp of cacao powder to your normal porridge recipe as well as 1 tsp of maca powder (for energy) and mix well. Gently mash 1 banana and fold into the cooked porridge before pouring into a bowl and topping with berries, banana and some bee pollen on top. (full recipe here!!)

Quinoa, Berry, Apple Porridge

This is for those mornings when you crave something warming, but still fresh and light? It’s warming, filling, easy to make + it looks beautiful and is the perfect way to sneak quinoa (my favourite GF grain) into your diet.  Easily my favourite winter warming porridge for those lazy Sunday sleep-ins.

To make: cook ½ cup of quinoa with 1 cup of water for 12 minutes. Once it’s cooked add coconut milk, grated apple and boysenberries and simmer for a few minutes before serving with coconut yogurt, baked peaches and coconut flakes. Delicious. (Full recipe here!!)

My Simple Creamy banana and Almond Milk Porridge 

Sometimes simple is best. This is my fav for those rushed mornings when I’m in need of some comfort food to warm me and help wake me up. I like keeping this porridge recipe really basic and then going crazy and adventurous with the toppings, such as adding a little chocolate nut butter, berries, banana, cacao nibs and goji berries. Seriously mouth-watering and best of all, ridiculously easy to make (you can thank me later).

To make: cook oats with nut mylk (I like cashew or almond for this one), one mashed banana, some cinnamon, and a handful of sultana’s. I also occasionally mix in some coconut butter to make it extra creamy. Then just top with cooked berries, slices of banana (you can gently cook this as well) and whatever other toppings you fancy.

Raspberry, Banana and Cacao Nib Weekend Porridge

 

This is my other favourite weekend porridge, especially for when I’m feeling like something a little indulgent and up-lifting before the start of the new week. I like the sweetness that the raspberries add, the creaminess of the banana and the crunch and chocolate energy boost from the cacao nibs. This porridge is simple, quick, and super yummy and definitely something worth getting out of bed for.

To make: gently simmer oats, with nut mylk, cinnamon and some dried fruit before pouring into a bowl and topping with warmed raspberries, slices of banana and a good sprinkle of cacao nibs on top.

 Pumpkin Chai Porridge with Figs

Now before you laugh at my attempt to sneak more vegetables into your diet, you need to realise that pumpkins are super creamy and sweet. So when you add them to receipes like this delicious bowl of porridge, they transform it into a creamy…. ok maybe slightly orange, bowl of goodness that is rich in vitamin A and that will keep you fuller for longer. Seriously, this is the best way to use up those leftover pieces of cooked pumpkin from the night before. Trust me you need to try this, especially if you’re a porridge lover and even more so if you don’t eat a lot of veggies.  This is a very cool way to add them into your diet!

To make: Just blend cooked pumpkin with your almond milk, vanilla, cinnamon, maple and nutmeg in your bender until smooth and creamy. Then pour into your saucepan with your oats and cook until soft and creamy. Serve with baked figs and a drizzle of maple on top. (Full recipe here!!)

And there you have it, five deliciously easy, mouth-watering, creamy, bowls of goodness. Breakfast should be enjoyed and savoured, so please do take some time for yourself each morning by whipping up some of my favourite porridge recipes.

If you do end up making any of them, I’d love to know so please comment below or tag @reneebrownwellness so I can see. Have the very best day lovelies and enjoy your delicious bowls of winter warming porridge. I know I did.

RB x