Pimp Your Porridge – 4 Delicious Recipes

Oats are healthy, cost effective and easy to cook, so it’s no wonder they remain a family breakfast staple. Yet many still avoid them, complaining that they’re ‘dull’. Well, we beg to differ. As the saying goes, there’s no such thing as boring porridge, just boring people. Here are a few ways to take advantage of this infinitely versatile grain and up your breakfast game forever more. 

Easy Overnight Oats | Chalk Kids Blog

Easy Overnight Oats (serves 1)

1/2 cup oats

1/2 cup milk

pinch of cinnamon

1 tsp honey

handful of berries and seeds to top

Mix together the oats, milk, cinnamon and honey and leave in the fridge overnight, covered. When ready to eat, add more milk if you wish to adjust the consistency. Sprinkle with fresh berries and seeds.

‘Banana Bread’ Porridge Recipe Chalk Kids Blog (1)

‘Banana Bread’ Porridge (serves 1)

1/2 cup porridge oats

1 cup milk

1 banana

1 tsp honey

dollop of greek yoghurt

pinch of cinnamon

1 tsp crushed walnuts (optional)

Heat the milk in a pan on the hob, stirring in the oats and half of the banana (mashed) and continue stirring until cooked then transfer to a bowl. Mix the yoghurt with the honey for a creamy ‘frosting’ to your banana bread, and spoon onto your porridge. Top with the rest of the banana (sliced), a sprinkle of cinnamon, and some crushed walnuts if you’d like. 

Oaty Blueberry Breakfast Muffins Recipe Chalk Kids Blog

Oaty Blueberry Breakfast Muffins (makes 12)

2 cups oats

1 cup milk

1 egg

1 1/2 bananas

1/2 cup blueberries

2 tbsp maple syrup/ honey

1 tsp baking powder

Pinch salt

Grease muffin tin and preheat oven to 180 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together oats, baking powder and salt. Mix in the egg, milk, syrup, and banana until well combined, followed by the blueberries. Spoon into the muffin tins and bake for about 20 mins.

Cheesy Savoury Porridge Recipe Chalk Kids Blog (1)

Cheesy Savoury Porridge (serves 1)

1/2 cup oats

1 cup water

1 cup grated sharp cheddar

sprinkle of chilli flakes (optional) 

Cook the oats in the water on the hob for 1 and a half minutes. Stir in the cheese and continue to cook until the cheese has melted. Sprinkle with chilli flakes, or top with egg and bacon for a fuller meal. 

Words & Images by Zoe Macnaughton.