Hearty Morning Porridge

I’m a big fan of eating a substantial breakfast in the morning.  It gets your metabolism going in the morning and gives you enough energy to start the day well.

Oats are the perfect cold weather food.   They’re hearty and warming.  They’re also filling, so they’ll keep you full til lunchtime. I by far prefer steel cut oats to traditional rolled oats or quick-cook oats. They take a bit longer to make, but it’s totally worth it. They taste so much better and the texture is amazing–not mushy and bland like the oatmeal I grew up with.

My Hearty Morning Porridge is a hodgepodge of fiber, protein, healthy carbohydrates–all designed to give you sustained energy.  This recipe is for one person, but yon can easily double or triple it–the ratio of oats to water is 1:4. To save time, you can make a few servings at once and refrigerate the leftovers.  When you’re ready to have more, put it in a pot and add a bit of water. Heat it up, stirring, then add the other ingredients.

Hearty Morning Porridge

serves one

1/4 c steel cut oats
1 c water
2 tsp ground flaxseed
1/4c chopped raw almonds
1 tbsp agave nectar
few pinches of cinnamon
dab of butter (optional)
pinch of salt

Boil water.  Slowly stir in oats and cook for about 5 minutes, until thickened. Reduce to a simmer and cook uncovered for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. When it is the desired consistency (should be thick and not too soupy), add in all the other ingredients and stir. Taste it–if you’d like it sweeter, add a bit more agave. Enjoy!

Like this recipe? Also try my Warming Quinoa Porridge.

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