3 quick and easy breakfasts with porridge oats
Porridge isn’t the most exciting of breakfasts, however it is cheap and also a lot more nutritious than processed alternatives. I have been a cereal addict most of my life and in my 30s I began to become more conscious of how refined breakfast cereals were. My problem was, although I liked porridge I didn’t have the time to make it hot in the mornings before work, and alternatives to cereal were just not for me.
That’s when I finally discovered overnight oats. I’d heard people going on about them for a couple of years but I thought they involved a myriad of ingredients and didn’t realise just how simple they could be – no mason jars needed! Of course, you can add whatever extras you like but this is my basic recipe that I prepare most evenings for the next morning.
Easiest Ever Overnight Oats
Approx 70g Porridge Oats
Approx 100ml milk
- Place the oats in your usual cereal bowl.
- Add the milk and place in the fridge overnight.
- If you wish to add any extras, such as dried fruit or peanut butter I usually add these the next morning.
Prior to eating, I microwave for 30 seconds just to take the ice cold edge off, but this is personal taste.
When I started making this recipe I used to carefully measure out the porridge and milk, cling film over the container and transfer to another bowl in the morning. Once you get used to the quantities I now just pour out a cereal bowl of porridge and pour over milk as though I was making a normal bowl of cereal. I’ve found it doesn’t even need covering overnight – so it literally takes seconds to make!
Easy Homemade Granola
It is so simple to make granola that tastes as good as the very expensive and highly processed ready bought boxes. When I first discovered how simple it was to make I couldn’t believe it! Other recipes I have seen have used more flavourings and oil than this, I have tried to keep them to a bare minimum without affecting the taste.This is great as a topping for plain yoghurt as well as a cereal.
1 heaped tablespoon coconut oil
1-2 heaped tablespoons honey
300g porridge oats
- Preheat the oven to 150 C / Fan 130 C.
- Melt the coconut oil in a non-stick pan.
- Stir in the honey to the coconut oil until it is fully mixed.
- Gradually pour in the oats, stirring constantly to ensure they are fully covered.
- Spread out the covered oats onto a non stick baking tray (or use greaseproof paper to line). Bake for 15-20 mins or until golden brown.
- Leave to cool before transferring to an air tight container.
This recipe could be adapted by adding dried fruit and other seeds / nuts as you wish.
Traditional Porridge Oats
I’m not sure you need a recipe for this but I didn’t want to forget the humble bowl of porridge oats in its intended form! Because I have overnight oats so often I don’t usually make hot porridge but it is great at the weekend for a filling start to the day. You can make it with a combination of milk and water, or just one or the other. Be mindful of the toppings as this is where the calories can be loaded on!
How has using porridge oats affected my food bill?
I have definitely noticed a difference in how much cereal we get through! We buy Asda own brand porridge oats which is 89p for a 1kg. This usually lasts me a month – there will be around 5-6 days a month where I have something else for breakfast. This is a big saving on cereal! My daughter and husband still have cereal but I have been able to massively cut down how much I am buying as I was the main eater. I’m happier too knowing most of the time I am having something less processed that is much more filling too.
Read on to see how I save money in many other ways on my supermarket spend.