As some of you asked how I prepare my porridge, this blog post is dedicated to my beloved porridge recipe and why I add grated zucchini into my breakfast. Other than that I wrote down some Do’s and Don’t’s when preparing porridge.
Porridge, Oatmeal or Zoats – one of my favorite breakfasts has several names. Especially in winter I am porridge obsessed because it is so comforting and warming. Especially for people with stomach or intestine issues this is a great meal as it is easy digestible. This is also the reason why the generation before mine used to serve it to ill people and why elderly people might think porridge is only for the sick. Meanwhile this changed a little and porridge is available in all kind of pre-made mixtures these days. Although these might be handy from time to time it can be prepared at home in 10 minutes and with the right toppings it is such a delicious meal.
Like the name oatmeal suggests the main ingredient are oats. There are variations with quinoa and buckwheat but in this post I want to focus on porridge. For a creamy result it is advisable to use rolled oats. These will bind better than steel-cut oats and create the extra creamy texture we are looking for.
Use enough sweetener
Especially für beginners it is essential to use enough sweetener (of your choice) for the porridge. I personally don’t need a lot of it as I add quite a lot of sweet toppings but for someone who is trying porige for the first time I would really recommend sweetening the oatmeal itself, too. I usually use date or maple syrup. My local Turkish supermarket has the most delicious (and cheap) date syrup which I am living on haha.
Zucchini – why using it in porridge?
Maybe you asked yourself already: why would anyone use zucchini in their porridge? I do this for several reasons:
- The porridge becomes extra creamy when adding grated zucchini.
- Due to the additional volume and fiber the porridge becomes even more filling and satisfying.
- You get in a portion of vegetable in the morning already.
- Zucchini helps to meet your daily needed intake of magnesium, calcium and iron.
Many think of zucchini as a savory vegetable. Fact is, that zucchini has only a mild taste and therefore can be used in sweet and savory meals. You won’t taste the zucchini in the porridge at all! On instagram you can find the porridge version with zucchini under the name “zoats”. Definitely give this a try!
- 80 g oats rolled
- 1/2 grated zucchini optional
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp sweetener of your choice e.g. date syrup, maple syrup, ...
- 220 ml water or plant-based milk
- Combine all ingredients (except the chia seeds) in a little pot and give it a stir.
- Heat the pot on the stove and bring it to a boil, then turn down the heat to minimum and let simmer.
- Don't forget to stir! After about 5 minutes you can go ahead and add the chia seeds. Stir again and continue to heat it on the stove for a few more minutes.
- Serve with fresh fruits and toppings of your choice (e.g. mulberries, hemp seeds, cacao nibs, raisins, walnuts, etc.).