Choc Cherry Porridge

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Choc Cherry Porridge

Porridge is a great, wholesome and energy filled way to start the day. We often have a bowl of porridge in the morning and this dish has been a part of the British culture for thousands of years. Oats are deliciously filling and a great source of energy. They are also the fast food of the healthy world and very versatile. You cannot get a better breakfast than a cereal that lends itself to almost anything you fancy adding to it.

Porridge has been a popular dish in England since the 1390s. The master cooks in the court of Richard III wrote a ‘pea porridge’ recipe in their book, ‘The Form of Cury’. (The Form of Cooking). During the Elizabethan era another popular dish was ‘plumb porridge’ which was often served at Christmas time.

So porridge as shown here can be eaten as a savoury dish or a sweet one. Personally, and in this house, we much prefer a sweet version especially for breakfast. My son, Ted, has a cherry addiction at the moment so I have been making foods with cherries in. Ted also loves chocolate so I felt this was a perfect combination for him. So far there have been no complaints and I normally find a clean bowl at the end of the meal. Well worth a try.

Serves One

Equipment needed

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Choc Cherry Porridge

  • Scales
  • Small saucepan x 1
  • Stirring spoon
  • Measuring cup
  • Tablespoon x 2
  • Teaspoon x 1

Ingredients

  • Oats x 45 grms
  • Oat milk x 200 mls
  • Frozen cherries x 2 handfuls
  • Banana x 1 medium
  • Cashew nut paste x 1 tbsp
  • Coconut oil x 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon x 1 tsp
  • Chia seeds x 2 tsp
  • Raw cacao powder x 1 tbsp

Method

  • Start by measuring out the porridge oats on the scales.
  • Then measure the oat milk and pour over the oats.
  • Store in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.
  • In the morning put these ingredients into the small saucepan.
  • Cut the banana into small pieces and add to the pan.
  • Add in the frozen cherries too.
  • Next add in the cashew nut paste, the coconut oil, the cinnamon, chia seeds and raw cacao powder.
  • Turn the hob onto a medium heat.
  • Start stirring the porridge until it starts to thicken.
    • If it’s too thick then add a small amount of water or extra oat milk to thin the porridge.
    • You can make this porridge to your tastes.
  • Once the porridge is at a thickness you will eat, serve with a teaspoon of local honey or maple syrup and eat.
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Choc Cherry Porridge

Choc Cherry Porridge is a deliciously sweet breakfast that is easy to make and enjoy. Much better for you than certain cereals that ‘turn the milk chocolatey’ and so much more filling too. For me soaking the oats overnight means I have a few less jobs to do in the morning. Plus soaking it overnight allows the porridge to become even more digestible and encourages beneficial enzymes to come to life. This then allows the body to easily digest the oats. It really is a quick and simple breakfast that will keep you full until lunch. However you decide to enjoy this breakfast, as always, enjoy.