I get it, mornings are busy. And amongst getting ready for work, fed and out the front door on time, breakfast can often take a backseat (or no seat at all). While I love a quick smoothie, sometimes a warm bowl of porridge is more appealing. With very minimal prep you can pre-make porridge, divide it into containers with toppings that you love, and have a delicious breakfast that takes less than 5 minutes to make and can be eaten at home or while running out the door.
Below are two versions that I personally love, but feel free to combine any of your favourite toppings to make your own unique version.
200 g gluten-free rolled oats
500 mL plant-based drink like almond or oat
½ tsp salt
1 Tbsp Chocolate Vega® Essentials
½ sliced banana
1 Tbsp peanut butter
Fruit & Nut:
1 Tbsp dried cherries + 2 Tbsp chopped roasted, salted almonds
1 Tbsp dried apricot or golden raisin + 2 Tbsp chopped raw walnuts
½ sliced banana + 2 Tbsp chopped pecans
½ apple, chopped + 2 Tbsp walnuts and pumpkin seeds
- Cook the oats and plant-based drink on the hob on a medium low heat until most of the liquid has dissolved and the oats are soft.
- Remove from heat while there is still a bit of liquid left (the oats will continue to soak the liquid as they cool).
- Divide the oats into 4 containers and let it cool with the lids off
- Once cool, store in the fridge ready to go when you need them.
- When ready to eat, add a splash of water or plant-based drink to the oats, stir through and reheat on the hob or in the microwave. Now go crazy with the toppings
Chocolate Lovers: After reheating, stir 1 Tbsp of Chocolate Vega® Essentials for a little extra protein, and top with ½ sliced banana and 1 Tbsp of peanut butter
Fruit and Nut: Stir 1 Tbsp of dried fruit and 2 Tbsp of chopped nuts into your oats while preparing or right before eating
Leftover oats will last in the fridge for up to 5 days.
To save time, cook your oats in a slow cooker overnight, which lets you wake up to piping hot porridge in the morning. To do this, make sure you use steel cut oats, and add 1 litre of liquid for 100 g of oats. Cook on low for 8 hours and in the morning, spoon out and top with your choice of toppings.