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Blueberry & Cinnamon Porridge

  • May 7, 2015
  • By Carly Neave

I know it sounds odd but during my week back in England, it made me realise how much I miss the rain! Far from trying to sound poetic but waking up to the sound of rain on my window-sill brought back happy childhood memories of duvet days and hot chocolate! So on Tuesday, with a morning that would otherwise would be described as wet and miserable, I thought I’d take advantage starting with a warming and sweet porridge! I rarely eat porridge for breakfast when the sun is blasting through my windows in Dubai so this was a good opportunity for something a little bit special and unique!

It’s super easy to make, and can be done quickly in the morning before work. You can soak the oats the night before ready to use the next day. This blueberry porridge is bursting with sweetness, texture and REAL tastes! What I mean by that is you can get so many pre-packaged ‘fruit’ porridges that a) taste nothing like oats and b) have tiny bits of shrivelled up fruit in there that have lost close to all their nutritional value and can cause more ‘harm’ than good! They sell because they’re convenient, but just as convenient and far more healthy is a tupperwear of home-made porridge that you can eat on your journey into work or re-heat when you’re in! I can’t count the times I got up just 10 minutes earlier to prepare breakfast before my commute into work.

Blueberries are the perfect addition to sweeten up any porridge – not only are they very low in calories but the nutritional value is extremely high. They provide one of the highest levels of antioxidants amongst fruits and have a low Glycemic Load –  this in short means per serving it is far better on your blood sugar than say an equal sized serving of a banana, thumbs up for decreasing any chance of fat gain! Cinnamon is a superfood in its own right, loaded too with antioxidants and has been proven to help improve blood sugar and fat levels. It adds a really subtle spice to the porridge that warms the whole bowl up. I promise it doesn’t feel as though you’re having a main course for breakfast!

Finally our chopped almonds add protein and good fats to the bowl and give a welcome crunchy texture! It’s so perfect for a comforting morning breakfast that is going to hit all the right sweet spots and leave you feeling confident you’ve started your day in a healthy and nutritious way. Enjoy!


Blueberry & Cinnamon Porridge
 
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Blueberry and Cinnamon porridge
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Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
To soak
  • 60g gluten free oats
  • 2 cups water
For the porridge
  • 300ml almond milk
  • 80g blueberries
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 30g almonds
  • Coconut flakes to top
Instructions
  1. Soak your oats overnight by combining the oats and water in a bowl, cover and leave in the fridge.
  2. Rinse the oats thoroughly the next morning.
  3. Place the soaked oats, almond milk, cinnamon and 40g blueberries in a pan and bring to the boil, then simmer for about 5 minutes.
  4. Whilst simmering, use a musher to gently press down onto the porridge so that the blueberries burst - stir well.
  5. At the last minute when the porridge is ready, add the remaining blueberries whole and stir.
  6. Place the almonds in a blender for a quick whiz.
  7. Serve warm topping with coconut flakes and the chopped nuts.

 

By Carly Neave, May 7, 2015 Hello and welcome! I'm Carly, originally from London but currently enjoying a little adventure in Dubai. A travel and wellness blogger exploring the world one step at a time. Think fabulous food at undiscovered gems, unique destinations, skin care obsessions and so much more. This is my life, I hope you enjoy the ride!
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  • Stephanie
    May 11, 2017

    How much cinnamon would you add? Thank you, enjoying your recipes.

    • Lean Living Girl
      May 11, 2017

      Hey Stephanie,

      I’m so sorry I just realised that wasn’t in the recipe! It’s one tsp – add it when you put the soaked oats and almond milk in the pan.

      Hope you like it and thanks for following!

      Carly xx

Carly Neave

Hello and welcome! I'm Carly, originally from London but currently enjoying a little adventure in Dubai. A travel and wellness blogger exploring the world one step at a time. Think fabulous food at undiscovered gems, unique destinations, skin care obsessions and so much more. This is my life, I hope you enjoy the ride!

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Hi, I'm Carly!
A travel and wellness blogger exploring the world one step at a time. Think fabulous food at undiscovered gems, unique destinations, skin care obsessions and so much more. This is my life, I hope you enjoy the ride!
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