Apple, Pear & Coconut Spiced Porridge

I went for a run this morning despite the wintery storms in Sydney and came home like a drowned rat, ready for a piping hot shower and something to fill & warm my belly. This certainly hit the spot and had me bursting with energy til lunch time. I have been in a rut of skipping breakfast or just grabbing a coffee and a muesli bar, but today reminded me how energised, positive and all round GREAT I have the potential to feel when I start my day with some exercise and a big feed. If you are a serial cereal skipper, try this and let me know how you feel!

I always LOVE when I put a little extra time and effort into cooking something delicious. This porridge is sweet & spicy (in the best way) and verging on indulgent without going full pancakes and ice-cream. There are definitely things you can make quicker for rushed mornings. I’d recommend saving this recipe for when you have a little extra time – unlike me this morning, who had to be somewhere at 9am. Let’s just say I’m glad I don’t catch public transport…

Apple, pear and coconut spiced porridge recipe

Serves: 1 (double the recipe to make for a friend!)

Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

1 small apple

1 small pear

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp allspice

1/2 cm fresh ginger, peeled and grated (can substitute ground ginger).

1/2 tbsp coconut sugar

1/4 cup water

2/3 cup rolled oats

1 tsp chia seeds

2/3 cup more water

1/3 cup milk of choice (coconut would be so nice here!) or more water

small handful of flaked coconut

peanut/almond butter (optional)

1 square of dark chocolate (optional)

splash of coconut milk or coyo (optional)

Method:

Chop the pear and apple into bite size pieces, retaining some for garnish (if you’d like). Add the fruit to the pot with the sugar, spices and the first 1/4 cup of water. Bring to the boil and turn down to gently simmer with the lid on for 5 minutes until the fruit has softened – it doesn’t need to be totally soft, as it will continue to cook when you add the rest of the ingredients. Next add the oats, chia seeds, water and milk. Turn the heat up and when it starts to boil, turn the heat back down to leave it simmer for about 4 minutes or until the porridge is your favourite consistency. Meanwhile toast the coconut in a frying pan on a low heat (you don’t need to use oil or anything). Scoop into a bowl, top with apple & pear slices, coconut flakes, chopped dark chocolate, a splash of milk, peanut butter or whatever you fancy. Grab a spoon and embrace your inner Goldie Locks!

If you try this recipe out let me know on instagram @ohhappyveggie – I LOVE seeing your recreations!

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