Delicious Carrot Cake Porridge
On these cold winter mornings, there's nothing better than waking up to a warm, filling breakfast like porridge to get you started for the day. I love experimenting with different flavours and last week I came across a winner ... my new favourite at the moment.
The great thing about this recipe is that it can be made the night before and either popped in the microwave for a couple of minutes, or eaten cold as overnight oats - either way it's delicious!
It's also really nutritious, with energy boosting oats, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants from the carrot and immune-boosting cinnamon.
This recipe serves one, but I tend to make a batch as it keeps in the fridge well for a few days.
Please let me know what you think and share any of your own porridge recipes in the comments below.
50g porridge oats
350ml plant milk, water or a combination of both
1 small grated carrot
1 dessert spoon of dried raisins and cranberries
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
Crumbled walnuts/granola to serve
Place all of the ingredients except the walnuts/granola into a bowl if microwaving, or a pan if cooking on the hob
Microwave for 2 minutes, stir, then microwave for a further minute. If cooking on the hob, bring to the boil and simmer for 4-5 minutes
Add a splash more milk to serve and top with crumbled walnuts/granola to serve.
Alternatively, you can combine all the ingredients and soak overnight in the fridge to wake up to lovely creamy overnight oats.
Oats are slow release complex carbohydrates keeping you fuller for longer
Carrots contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants including beta carotene, potassium and vitamin B6, which guard the body against viruses and inflammation
Cranberries contain polyphenols that help to reduce the risk of heart disease
Cinnamon has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, as well as prebiotic properties to improve gut health. It also helps regulate blood sugar levels
Walnuts are a great source of omega 3 and can help lower cholesterol.