Plum and Ginger Porridge

Porridge is my favourite breakfast almost all year round, and I am constantly trying to find ways to reinvent it. I love porridge because it is warming and filling as well as being cheap and nutritious. This recipe came about as I needed a way to use up over-ripe plums, and found that ginger adds a real warmth that is perfect for chilly autumn mornings. 

The Good Stuff:

Porridge is a good source of low glycemic index carbohydrate - this means that it doesn't increase your blood sugar very quickly, and therefore avoids that mid-morning slump. Oats also contain a certain type of sugar called beta-glucans which have been shown to reduce bad cholesterol, making porridge a heart healthy breakfast. Plain porridge made with just milk or water is also reasonably low in calories - around 150-200 kcal per serving. This recipe uses plums and apple juice, and so counts as 2 portions of your 5 a day per serving - not bad for before 9am! 

Ingredients: (serves 2)

For the compote

4-6 plums (dependant on size)

1 cup apple juice 

tsp ginger paste

tsp ground ginger

For the porridge

1 cup oats

2 cups milk (I use almond milk, but dairy milk or water works just as well)

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Method:

Chop and the plums and remove the stone, leaving the skins on. Add the chopped plums, apple juice, ginger paste and ground ginger to a saucepan on a low-medium heat. Stirring occasionally, wait for the plums to cook down to a soft, jam-like consistency - this usually takes about 15-20 minutes for me. 

Whilst the plums are cooking, add the porridge oats and milk/water to another pan and heat gently. The more you stir the creamier the consistency of the porridge becomes so I like to stir it as much as possible. Depending on how thick you like it, you may need to add more liquid.  To serve, spoon the porridge mixture into 2 bowls and top with the compote. The apple juice should be sweet enough, but you can still add any sweetener to taste. 

I like to make extra compote which I keep in the fridge and use as a snack on its own or as a topping for pancakes