So the winter weather is really beginning to settle in now! Two of the most satisfying perks to the winter months are fashionable layers and warming food. Now I’m back in London, I am embracing both.

There is nothing better on a cold, misty morning than tucking into a heart bowl of creamy, healthy porridge. It’s undeniably the best way to start the day, particularly during the week when you’ve got a long day at work ahead of you and you need something delicious and filling to keep you going.

This apple pie chia porridge is great for warming you up and making you feel like you’re treating yourself when you’re actually getting a lot of healthy stuff. The oats and the chia are a great source of plant protein, the apples will give you a vitamin boost, and the cinnamon is good for maintaining a high metabolic rate to prevent weight-gain. The recipe is particularly good if you have an overripe apple or two that needs using up.

Take 10 minutes in the morning to make sure you get a proper breakfast and look after yourself. I have started making porridge at work (with all the toppings) and having it at my desk so there is no excuse!

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Total cooking time: 10-15 mins

Yield: Serves 1 (big portion)

Ingredients:

For the chia porridge:

½ cup porridge oats

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 – 3 pitted dates (chopped)

1 tbsp chia seeds

few drops of vanilla essence

½ tsp cinnamon powder

Boiling water

For the apple sauce:

1 overripe apple

1 tbsp agave nectar/honey

1 tsp cinnamon powder

¼ cup water

Extra optional toppings:

Natural yoghurt (vegans sub with coconut yoghurt)

Honey/Maple Syrup/Agave

Nuts

Seeds

Granola

 

Method:

Start with the apple sauce. Core the apple and chop into small chunks. You can leave the skin on or peel it if you prefer your apple sauce to be smoother. Add the water and apple to a saucepan on a high heat. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat and allow the mixture to simmer. Add the cinnamon and agave and stir well with a wooden spoon. Leave to simmer gently while you make the porridge.

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Add the oats, almond milk and cinnamon to a saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring regularly. Once boiling, reduce the heat right down. If most of the liquid has been absorbed by the oats add a glug of boiling water. Stir in the dates, chia seeds and the cinnamon and keep stirring. Add more water according to the consistency that you like your porridge.

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Once you’ve achieved your desired consistency with the porridge, serve immediately. Pour the porridge into a bowl and the apple sauce on top. Add any extra toppings you like (see above for ideas)…and enjoy!

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