Mornings have always been tough for me until I found my own Perfect Breakfast. I used to want to swap anything for a few extra minutes in bed and I would rarely be fully awake before 10 am. Over the past few months though some things have changed and I have utilised my mornings to become the most productive I have ever been. Without the right start in the morning, I doubt I could juggle the demands of university essays and deadlines with blogging twice a week. I thought I would make a post showing you an easy morning recipe that will set you up for anything the day has to throw at you.
Today’s recipe is for a lovely bowl of cinnamon and fruit porridge. If you didn’t know already (you will be able to tell soon by a number of posts that will be linked to it), I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Christmas period and if there is anything I can do to make something more festive, I will do it. This is why I have chosen to add cinnamon to everything I eat recently. Well not everything, but you get where I am coming from. It goes super well with porridge and gives you that warm fuzzy wintery feeling that I always look forward to! It makes the dark and gloomy mornings a lot more bearable and there is nothing cosier than snuggling up under a blanket, with fluffy socks on and a warm bowl of porridge in your hand.
I tend to always add fruit to my breakfasts as it is a great way to get some of your 5-a-day in early and makes the meal feel refreshing and uplifting for the day ahead. The best thing about adding fruit is the ability to switch up your breakfasts by using different kinds of fruit dependent on the months they are in season.
What you will need for your porridge (Serves 2)
100g Whites Porridge Oats
1/2tbsp ground cinnamon
2tsp demerara sugar
1 banana, sliced
Handful of blueberries
Handful of raspberries
One kiwi fruit, cubed
How to make the perfect breakfast:
- It is best to prepare the fruit first as this prevents the porridge from getting cold if you slice your fruit after. Wash your blueberries and raspberries thoroughly and slice up your banana and kiwi fruits (remembering to peel off the skin first).
- Mix the oats, ground cinnamon, milk and sugar in a medium-sized saucepan. Bring slowly to the boil, stirring occasionally and making sure that it is not sticking to the bottom of the pan.
- Once you start to see some bubbles turn down the heat. Continue to cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring constantly. The mixture should begin to thicken but not become stodgy.
- Spoon the porridge mixture into your bowl and add your toppings.
- If you want to you can sprinkle a few oats and cinnamon over the top to make it extra yummy!!
What I love about this recipe is that it feels super homey. I am a homebody through and through and I love cooking and baking anything that will fill our home with festive smells. The cinnamon in this porridge isn’t too dominant that it overpowers any other flavour, but it is a wonderful aftertaste that reminds you why this time of the year is special. (I wrote a post about Autumn if you want to read it here)
I want to say a massive thank you to Whites Oats for sponsoring this post. They have an incredible range of traditional porridge oats, instant porridges and granolas. I have really tried to make sure my breakfasts are high in fibre and this porridge breakfast offers exactly that!!
Leave me a comment about your own perfect breakfast as I would love to try some of your ideas out (: