Elizabeth Arnott

Enriched Traditional Porridge

I already have a traditional porridge recipe in my book Detox Maintenance Recipe Collection - Chapter One: Breakfasts (and in Detox Maintenance Recipe Collection - Book 1 Breakfasts).  However I have recently taken to enriching it with nutritious sesame, sunflower and chia seeds.  They swell up during the cooking process, making their nutritional properties much more easily absorbed into your system.  (Sesame seeds are a rich source of copper, magnesium and calcium; sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium and selenium; and chia seeds provide some incredible health benefits including all 8 essential amino acids, Omega 3 and dietary fibre).
enriched porridgeIn this photo I have added super-food blueberries to this amazingly healthful breakfast. What a way to start your day!  Look at those colours.  Absolutely irresistible!

You may have noticed that I have become fanatical about including spices in my diet.  Here I add freshly ground cinnamon that has the health benefits of lowering cholesterol, reducing arthritic inflammation, helping memory, and curing yeast infections.  

I prepare the porridge with extra water, and then at the end add some almond meal left over from making almond milk.  This makes an incredibly delicious and satisfying breakfast, setting you up for the day, and keeping you going without extra snacks until lunch-time. 

Time: 30 minutes 
Serves 2 
1 cup (2½ oz/60g) oatmeal 
3 cups (24 fl oz/750ml) water 
1 tbspn sunflower seeds 
1 tbspn sesame seeds 
1 tbspn chia seeds 
2 tbspns almond meal 
2 dstspns goji berries 
½ tspn salt 
almond milk 
1 tspn powdered cinnamon
fresh fruit of your choice 
1. Bring the water to the boil, and sprinkle the oatmeal in, a little at a time, whisking constantly, until all is integrated 
2 . Sprinkle in the seeds, stirring constantly 
3. Reduce to a very low heat, cover and gently simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally 
4. Add the salt, whisk it in, cover and simmer for a further 15 minutes, stirring occasionally 
5. Stir in the almond meal 
6. Serve topped with goji berries and your choice of fresh fruit, drizzle a little honey over, add the almond milk and sprinkle on the cinnamon powder
Cook’s tips: 
*Do not add the salt at the beginning, as it toughens the oatmeal  
*You could add other dried fruit like apricots instead of the goji berries

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