Porridge with Caramelized Banana & Warm Grapes (V)
A bowl of warming porridge? Please come my way, dear old oaty friend. I’ve been eating porridge since I’m a child and during school, it was this thought of a warm, big fat porridge bowl that eventually helped me to get out of bed – at 6 am, unimaginable! My usual go-to-oat-bowl consists of stirred oats with water, cinnamon and a dash of plant-based milk, topped with banana, honey and a handful of nuts. Don’t you agree that this is a great reason to wake up and throw on a comfy bathrobe at take a seat at the breakfast table? Once I was in Copenhagen for a weekend trip and there, I had the pleasure of eating their traditional GRØD which consists of this perfect porridge ratio: ⅓ oats, ⅓ water, ⅓ milk of choice. The result: perfectly smooth and creamy porridge! Go ahead and try it, it may revolutionize the way you prepare your oaty breakfast. ♥
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Oats are whole-grain, which is what we love because compared to refined grains, they are a much better source of fiber and nutrients. Additionally, oats are higher in protein than many other grains and provide you with antioxidants that help control your blood sugar and cholesterol levels, isn’t that fantastic? There seems to be some confusion about their gluten-content (which is only relevant to those who are intolerant to gluten. Gluten is a protein and not a mystified enemy!) and here is the answer: oats are usually gluten free BUT they are often handled in factories where there are also products containing barley, wheat and rye. Hence, contamination may cause for gluten to be present in the oats we buy UNLESS they are labelled glutenfree. Makes sense? Anyhow, either gluten-free or slightly gluten-contaminated oats are good for you and provide you not only with many minerals, nutrients and fiber, but they also offer a HUGE variety of ways to prepare them (more recipes will follow, of course). Alright, let’s stir these babies and make some porridge!
Prep Time: 3 min
Cooking Time: 10 min
Total Time: 13 min
For this recipe you will need:
½ cup oats*
½ cup water
½ cup oat milk
handful of red grapes, cut in half
½ banana, mashed
½ banana, cut lengthwise
1 tsp coconut oil
pinch of cinnamon
1 tbsp yoghurt of choice
1 tsp date caramel ( 2 soaked dates, blended with 4 tbsp plant-based milk)
1 tsp peanut butter
*I like to soak my oats in the water and oat milk the night before to make them even creamier, easier to digest and quicker to cook.
- In a small pot, heat the oats, water and oat milk on medium heat. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon and give it a good stir. Add the mashed banana and allow to simmer for 5 minutes while occasionally stirring.
- Heat a frying pan and melt the coconut oil. Fry the banana and the grapes with the date caramel until golden-brown and soft.
- Scoop the porridge into a big bowl, top with a spoonful of yoghurt of choice, add the caramelized banana and warm grapes, sprinkle with some cinnamon and drizzle with the obligatory peanut butter. Tada! Hold this bowl of ultimate comfort in both hands and cherish this cosy morning that you are creating for yourself, maybe along with a lit candle, your journal and a wide-open heart. ♥