What are the secrets of healthy, filling , homemade porridge?

(59 Posts)
OLittleTown Sun 30-Dec-12 20:36:42

I'm sick of OatsSoSimple - it just tastes like stodgy now and I'm starving and shakey 3 hours later. Any nice porridge recipes please which will keep me satisfied until lunchtime?

Thanks

SkeletonButterfly Wed 16-Jan-13 09:46:45

I have just made some porridge with a Graze millionaires shortbread punnet dumped in it smile

Porridge is awesome!

Tiny12 Sat 05-Jan-13 23:06:57

I weigh out 30 grams of porridge oats, pour over 185 ml of milk and microwave for 2 mins (850 micro) . I then stir in a small amount of sweetener and its perfect.

ppeatfruit Sat 05-Jan-13 17:09:38

I love soya milk too HeavyBee (to hijack the thread grin sorry) it makes the most frothy capuccino you can get! IMO it must be organic non GM though.

HeavyBee Sat 05-Jan-13 15:30:38

We are a mostly non-dairy family and so we use unsweetened soya milk, which makes unexpectedly good porridge. Our microwave is 850 watts so I had to experiment until I could get porridge which doesn't explode all over the microwave, and tastes as good as it does if you make it in a pan on the stove (which takes too much stirring on manic mornings). For one person I use half a mug of ordinary porridge oats and one mug of soya milk, microwave on medium in a one litre Pyrex bowl for three minutes, give it a stir and a minute to stand and then cook for one more minute on high. The bowl has to be big enough that the porridge doesn't pour, volcano-like, over the sides as it cooks. I like it best with maple syrup and eat it almost every day in winter. It lasts me from 7.30 until lunchtime at about noon.

ppeatfruit Fri 04-Jan-13 12:33:36

I find if I whisk my oats then they break down to become oat meal while cooking DavaSurely oatmeal is just ground oats isn't it?

Dava Fri 04-Jan-13 10:32:22

No, no no! Not oats! As a Scot, proper porridge is made with oatmeal. I have porridge every morning - it's the only thing that keeps me going till lunchtime. A couple of large spoonfuls of medium ground oatmeal, a couple of cups of water, a pinch of salt and cinnamon, bring it to the boil, then low simmer for 5 minutes. Dead simple - I get all the kids breakfasts together as it's simmering. I put a handful of raisins on it after it's in the bowl, and add milk. It's cholesterol busting as well.

ppeatfruit Fri 04-Jan-13 10:25:54

oh I forgot cinnamon and nutmeg are gorgeous on porridge!

ohfunnyhoneyface Fri 04-Jan-13 08:54:07

At work I do mine in one of the hundreds sports direct mugs that we have, ping it in the microwave.

I'm going to get up and have my porridge now...only thing to get me out of bed!

CredulousThicko Thu 03-Jan-13 23:18:45

Isn't OatSoSimple a processed version of cereal anyway? they always make me feel shaky

I always use basic oats, I think the trick is to make it fully with milk, not water, and cook as long as possible - I find that this makes it naturally go sweet.

vickycats Thu 03-Jan-13 23:09:22

We put mashed bananas in ours a minute before finishing microwaving! They are so yummy and don't need any sugar/sweetners/sugar at all. YUM!!!!

MrsReiver Thu 03-Jan-13 20:54:47

This no-cook fridge porridge is delicious. I was initially very skeptical about eating porridge that hadn't been cooked but it is really, really lovely.

OLittleTown Thu 03-Jan-13 20:51:52

I'm loving my breakfast this past few days - and it's keeping me going til lunchtime. Have perfected my oats/milk ratio and had banana this morning. Something different tomorrow - maybe cinnamon or frozen raspberries! Thanks for all the suggestions!

fivecandles Thu 03-Jan-13 19:21:01

Then squeezy golden syrup. Yum.

fivecandles Thu 03-Jan-13 19:20:37

Cover bottom of a bowel with oats, a bit of cinammon or mixed spice, then cover with milk. Zap in microwave for 1.5 minutes, stir, then add blueberries and zap for another minute or so.

Roseformeplease Thu 03-Jan-13 18:43:17

Half a cup of oats to a full cup of water / milk. 3 mins (roughly) in the microwave. Add sweetener / milk / cream to taste.

ComradeJing Thu 03-Jan-13 18:40:36

I also use the 123 method but only use milk.

I throw in a handful of frozen berries attheend (which also makes it cool enough to eat immediately) and a teaspoon of jam. My mum cooks it with marmalade, caraway seeds, cinnamon and sultanas.

ppeatfruit Thu 03-Jan-13 17:40:11

Like porridgelover I've researched this subject and would say that everyone is different and we all like different things. (The protein V carbs argument can be solved by looking at your blood type BTW). But oats are one of the most nutritious carbs.

1. Use the largest organic oats you can find

2. Soak in water overnight or for 5 mins in luke warm water before cooking gently.

3. Keep stirring or even whisking till it's the texture you like.

4. Milk is unnecessary when cooking because the oats make their own "milk'. of course you can add cream,milk,soya milk etc when in the bowl to cool it down.

5. I like adding ground almonds,pumpkin and linseeds. They can be cooked whole with the porridge as someone upthread said.

6. Molasses is fab with porridge, as is very dark brown sugar and maple syrup . smile

BonzoDooDah Thu 03-Jan-13 16:01:58

I second cooking it in a microwave - can cook it in a glass bowl - no need to stir or worry about sticking or burning. (I don't soak and am on Slimming world diet so weigh stuff - but use 35g oats, and up to 200g with the milk [165g milk])
I don't even soak the oats - 2 minutes in micro on full, stir, and maybe another minute if they're sturdy oats, less if quite finely ground.

I have it with a teaspoon of nutella, or blackcurrant jam ... or both if feeling greedy hungry.

mothermirth Thu 03-Jan-13 09:10:42

Condensed milk and a blob of butter, mmmmm grin

DoubleLifeIsALifeHalved Thu 03-Jan-13 09:05:34

Sounds yummy! In horrid shopping accident I have 'golden syrup oastsosimple' currently eating it & sighing...

ohfunnyhoneyface Thu 03-Jan-13 08:15:47

I sometimes grate the apple in at the start of cooking, or slice the banana up thinly and add to it whilst cooking OR after, both tastes nice. If it's an older banana I just mash it right in!

Always tastes 'cooked'. Though I bet cooked apple then added would be lovely too...

Teapot13 Tue 01-Jan-13 22:40:01

Does it have to be oats? We like semolina here -- you kind of have to do it on the stove because it has to be stirred constantly but it takes almost no time. I just use milk, raisins and cinnamon, then add the semolina when the milk is scalded (in the proportion the instructions say).

I add honey, DH adds sugar. I used to add applesauce as a sweetener for toddler DD but she's on to us now and we give her honey as well.

With any hot cereal, I put the raisins in to start to give them maximum time to plump up.

DoubleLifeIsALifeHalved Tue 01-Jan-13 18:16:18

When you add apple/ pear/ nana's do you put them in before cooking? And if so do they taste cooked, or just warmed?

Must get into proper porridge!

Selks Tue 01-Jan-13 17:11:45

Not porridge but related - Bircher Muesli

In a plastic tub the night before you want it - mix
a smallish cup of oats (any kind)
some nuts eg almond or mixed
some sunflower seeds or other seeds such as pumpkin etc
a little dried fruit e.g. sultanas, cranberries, mango etc
enough milk (I use skimmed) to generously cover.

Leave in fridge overnight.

Next morning - quickly chop some fresh fruit e.g an apple or a pear, mix in with the muesli. Top with a spoon of plain fat free greek yogurt if desired and a drizzle of honey. Eat.

It is truly the food of the Gods; delicious, nutritious and will easily see you through until lunch time.

porridgelover Tue 01-Jan-13 16:15:27

Ahem. This is my Mastermind specialist subject.

I may have been known to make some as a treat before bed grin.

One cup of oats, to 2 cups of water.
4.5 minutes in the microwave at 600W.
Add milk/honey/sugar/whatevs

Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Never hungry til lunchtime.

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