Porridge is one of my children’s favourite breakfast foods. Both of them enjoy digging their spoons in a big, hearty bowl of porridge each time I make it. I try to rotate breakfasts so that we get a variety of foods every week and not get bored eating the same foods each morning. However, I am sure that my children would be happy to eat porridge every morning for many days in a row if I would make it that often.
I never ate porridge growing up, so I had to learn how to make it when I moved to Canada. Initially I made it just for my husband and me. Over the years, my recipe changed, as I had to make it gluten- and dairy-free 3 years ago so that my son can eat it too. Also, I added more protein and fruit to it as I wanted to pack as much nutrition as possible and not just offer my kids a sugary breakfast.
This Loaded Delicious Porridge is rich in:
- Healthy fats from coconut milk
- Vitamin B6, vitamin C, manganese, potassium, and fiber from bananas
- Manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, copper, biotin, magnesium, and fiber from oats
- Manganese, calcium, and fiber from cinnamon
- Protein, iron, magnesium, healthy fats, and zinc from hemp seeds
- Healthy fats, vitamin B1, copper, manganese, and fiber from flax seeds
- Healthy fats, copper, and manganese from walnuts
- Vitamin C, manganese, fiber, and copper from raspberries
- Antioxidants, vitamin K, vitamin C, and manganese from blueberries
It takes less than 30 minutes to make this packed-with-nutrition breakfast porridge. Having a nutritious breakfast that is naturally sweetened and rich in proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats is a great way to start the day. It does not spike the blood sugar so kids stay calm and happy for many hours. A perfect breakfast to eat before they go to school!
- 400 ml coconut milk
- 2 cups water
- 3 medium-sized bananas
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ⅓ cup dried blueberries (dried cranberries also work well)
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 teaspoons hemp seeds
- 4 teaspoons flax seeds, ground
- ⅓ cup walnuts (*)
- blueberries and raspberries as a topping (**)
- In a small bowl mix the hemp seeds, the flax seeds, and the walnuts.
- In a 3-quart pot mash the bananas with a fork or a potato masher. Mix in coconut milk, water, oats, dried fruit (blueberries or cranberries), and cinnamon.
- Warm everything on the stove (no boiling needed).
- We like our porridge runny, but if you prefer it with less liquid, then add another ¼ cup of oats.
- Divide the porridge into 4 bowls and top each bowl with a little bit of the walnut mixture.
- Top everything with blueberries and raspberries.
- Serve right away.
*I break the walnuts into small pieces with my fingers. If you have a small child that can't chew pieces of walnuts, grind them in a food processor.
*You don't have blueberries or raspberries? Any berries (blackberries, strawberries, Goji berries) work really well.
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