Now that it’s basically October, it’s just beginning to get chilly. And the sun, bless its nuclear heart, is taking more and more of its sweet time getting out of bed. These conditions are not at all conducive to rising from warm fluffy slumber (ugh), putting on spandex (aw come on…), and going to the gym at 5:45 am (why is life??). I have an idea for you. A suggestion, really… Porridge. Ya, porridge!
Stir together a batch of this Super-Porridge dry mix, keep it in a jar, and pat yourself on the back for pretty much making a week’s worth of steamy, hearty (and heart-healthy!) breakfasts in 5 minutes. In addition to “quick” steel cut oats, flax seeds and chia seeds are great sources of dietary fiber, protein, and Omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds, in fact, are 40% fiber by weight, making them the most fiber-rich food known to man… (whoooa, Nelly). Add in some dried fruit/nuts, and what an adult breakfast you have there! When porridge-time rolls around, all you have to do is boil some water, stir in however many servings you need, and simmer for a few minutes.
Use your favorite fruit and nuts. Here are some combos I’m going to try this season:
Almond, coconut, and cacao nib
Fig, date, and hazelnut
Apple and date (dates are, like, nature’s caramels- you see where I’m going with this, right?)
Apricot, pistachio, and cardamom
Instant espresso and chocolate chip (yaaaas)
Will porridge make you chipper, or otherwise bright-eyed and/or bushy-tailed at 5:45 am? Heck no. I can’t even help myself with that these days. But it will, with minimal effort on your part, taste delicious and keep you full all the way to lunch. Keep this in mind for camping next summer, too 🙂
- 1 1/2 c. quick steel cut oats
- 1 1/2 c. dried fruit, nuts, etc.
- 1/4 c. flax seeds
- 2 T. chia seeds
- 3/4 c. instant dry milk
- 1/4 c. brown sugar (more or less, to taste)
- 1/2 t. kosher salt
- 1 t. cinnamon or other spices
- Combine all ingredients in an air-tight container, store until ready to use.
- Measure out however many servings of dry mix you need (1/2 c. mix per serving is good for me), set aside.
- Measure twice as much water as the dry mix you're using, pour into a saucepan, and bring to a boil.
- Stir in the dry mix, lower heat, and simmer for 5-7 minutes, or until oats are tender. Porridge will thicken as it cools a bit.