Rolled Oats Cooked aka Porridge
Contrary to popular believe porridge cooks up quickly, in about the time it takes you to dry your hair or put on makeup. You don't have to buy those sugared up individual little packets to have porridge in a hurry. Purchase organic 'quick' rolled oats in bulk (using your own reusable bag) or buy the paper bagged version.
"Quick" oats are simply rolled oats that have been ground up a little so they cook more quickly. You can make your own by whirling steel cut oats dry in the blender for a few seconds.
- ½ cup ‘quick’ oats per serving
- ¾ - 1½ cups water per serving (depending on how thick you like it)
Remember you don’t need to use all the optional ingredients. Just pick and choose what you like and what you have on hand.
- Chopped nuts (raw or roasted): almonds, walnuts, cashews, pine nuts, etc
- Seeds (whole or ground): sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, flax, salba, hemp, etc
- Chopped dried fruit: raisons, currents, apricots, dates, coconut, etc
- Sweeteners: honey, maple syrup, etc - Fresh or frozen fruit: berries, apples, peaches, bananas, etc
- Dash of flavouring: cinnamon, ginger (fresh grated or dry powdered), dark chocolate (grated), allspice, vanilla extract, carob powder, lemon or lime zest
- Milk or Milk substitute: almond, rice, hemp seed milk, etc. If you make the porridge ‘sloppy’, i.e. you add a little extra water during cooking so it doesn’t thicken up as much, you won’t need to add milk. This is a great way to serve porridge to lactose intolerant individuals without incurring the expense of milk substitutes.
- Stir oats and water together in a pan and bring to a boil
- Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 3 – 7 minutes, stirring often
- When enough water has evaporated so the porridge is the desired thickness, remove from heat
- Add optional ingredients if using
- Serve and enjoy
Hint: Remember to put the pot to soak right away to make clean up a breeze.