Summer apple and berry porridge

It doesn’t have to be winter to eat porridge. Granted it’s not what you want when it’s 30 degrees outside, but in the English summer, it’s perfectly okay! In my final year at uni, my housemate and I would meet in the kitchen every morning to cook and eat our porridge together before we went off to our respective lectures. I looked forward to that half an hour every day and over the year we had some seriously impressive bowls! This one was a favourite of mine, so I thought I’d share it with you all. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients

  • 35g oats
  • 200ml milk or water (I prefer unsweetened almond milk, but you can use any)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 apple, cut into small chunks
  • 50g frozen mixed berries
  • Handful of flaked almonds, to serve

 

Method

  1. Pop the apple slices and the frozen berries into a small saucepan with a tablespoon or so of water. Heat on a very low heat until the apple has softened and the berries have thawed completely. (You can also do this in the microwave if you prefer – just pop in a microwaveable bowl and cook for 2 minutes on 1000W and 3 minutes on 800W).
  2. Meanwhile, put the oats and milk into another saucepan and stir until combined. Heat on a low heat for 5-10 minutes, ensuring the porridge doesn’t bubble or burn on the bottom of the pan. You can always add more milk if necessary.
  3. Once the porridge starts to thicken, add the cinnamon and stir until combined. Continue cooking until the porridge oats have soaked up the milk and reached the desired consistency.
  4. Once done, pop the porridge in a bowl, top with the apple and berries and sprinkle with flaked almonds.

Samantha x

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