Sweet and juicy peaches, plums and apricots are some of the many joys of summer. This porridge is sweet and creamy because the fruit literally melts into the oatmeal. Warm and comforting food is not just for the cold, dark, winter months, let’s spread that love around into the summer months as well!
This porridge looks and tastes like a dessert, but it’s so much more! The fruit is full of anti-oxidants. Pecans are high in omega-3 fatty acids to help your brain function and whole grain oats help maintain healthy blood pressure, fight heart disease, and keep your hunger at bay longer than many other breakfast options. I hope you enjoy this simple and delicious recipe as much as I do.
100g porridge oats (300ml boiling water to cook)
2 tbs ground cinnamon, 1 tsp nutmeg + clove
*optional sweetener: honey, agave, date syrup or brown sugar
Pre-heat the oven to 200C/400F/gas mark 6 (fan setting)
Place the oats in a bowl with the boiling water and let sit for 10 minutes, until the oats are soft.
While the oats soak, pit and dice the fruit. In a bowl, sprinkle cinnamon, nutmeg and clove over fruit, stir to cover all pieces.
Once the oats are soft and the water is absorbed (drain any extra water) mix the oats with spiced fruit mix and optional sweetener. Stir everything together.
Transfer the mix into small baking pan or oven safe dish. Bake the oatmeal for 25 minutes, until the top is golden in color and any excess liquid has been absorbed. For the last 5 minutes of baking, scatter the pecans across the top.
Spoon into bowls and cover with your milk of choice. I used soy milk and it was mmm mmm good. Feel free to finish it off with any of your favorite toppings- raisins, nuts or seeds, shredded coconut, yogurt or more fruit!
*If you prefer a crispy-crunchy top, bake a wee longer. Mine was quite soft.
*Keep an eye on the pecans, they warm up fast and you don’t want them to burn.
*You can prepare it the night before and leave it in the fridge over night which means an easy morning breakfast.
peace + grace, enjoy your weekend!