Porridge


What is the best way to make porridge?

Porridge can be made on the stove in a saucepan with milk or water, just simmer until you get the texture you prefer, adding more liquid if it appears to be too thick. Fine oat porridges can be made in the microwave in a couple of minutes. Maria Lucia Bakes porridge pots are easy to make, just add boiling water up to the line marked on the side of the pot, replace the lid and allow to stand for two minutes, then stir and enjoy.


How long does it take to make porridge?

It depends on how thick the oats are. The less refined the oats are the longer they take to cook. Oat flakes tend to be a little finer and usually take ten minutes on a low heat to cook and the finest oats that we use in Maria Lucia Bakes porridges are quick cooking and cook easily in a couple of minutes.


Can I soak porridge oats the night before?

Jumbo oats soaked overnight are quicker to cook next day. For Bircher Muesli or overnight oats try using oat flakes or fine cut oats that have less of the husk. Soak in apple juice and Greek yoghurt overnight, adding more juice the next morning and a grated apple for a delicious summer gluten free breakfast.


How can I make creamy porridge without dairy?

The nicest way to make a dairy-free but creamy porridge is to use a nut milk or oat milk instead of dairy milk. Finer oats tend to be creamier. A tablespoon of coconut yoghurt swirled in at the end is delicious too.


Is porridge fattening?

Oats are high in fibre and low GI meaning they keep you full for longer. Try adding fruit, nuts and seeds as a topper instead of sugar or golden syrup. The fibre and protein will keep you satisfied without the sugar rush.


What is Bircher Muesli?

Bircher Muesli and overnight oats are essentially the same thing. Porridge oats ( with the addition on nuts and seeds) are soaked overnight in milk or juice and next morning yoghurt is added to make a cool and creamy breakfast.


I'm bored with porridge. How can I liven up my breakfast?

Porridge makes a fantastic filling breakfast but on its own is quite plain. Liven up your porridge with some granola sprinkled on top. Drizzle nut butter and seeds on a bowl of creamy porridge for crunch and creamy texture.


What breakfast will help me feel full for longer?

The most important meal of the day is breakfast. But how do you make a breakfast that will keep your energy levels up until your next meal? Granola is the perfect, most versatile breakfast as the oats are high in fibre. Nuts and seeds add protein keeping you full for longer.

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