This porridge is one of the breakfasts my family keeps coming back to every winter. It’s smooth and creamy and you can make it super speedily in the microwave before everyone gets hangry. Super important when you have kids (or a hungry husband).
Made with water, a little bit of milk (cow or plant) and some maple syrup for sweetness, it’s the ultimate winter breakfast staple in our house. It’s warmth is soothing and the oats are filling for little and big tummies alike. And so we keep coming back to it… because if you’ve been following me for a while, you know we LOVE breakfast.
Apple pie porridge, you say?
And then one morning, in the middle of my obsession with overnight oats, I thought: What if I mixed in some grated apple, like I do for the overnight oats? Give the porridge a bit of texture, and have the warm porridge “stew” the apple a little?
Sounds like a great idea, right?
And then I thought: If I do that, how about some cinnamon? Oooh, YES!
School holidays family-size breakfast
Needless to say, once I got this idea in my head, I had to test it out. It was a cold morning during the school holidays, a couple of days after the twins’ birthday, and they were happily playing in the living room with their birthday presents (and half a banana in hand, to tie them over).
I made the porridge and, as it was cooking in the microwave, I grated the apple and pulled out all the other ingredients (of which, I assure you, there aren’t many – and they are all basic staples which you probably have in your pantry already).
Mixing the grated apple in the porridge makes it not only tastier but it also seems to me that it helps the porridge cool down quicker so you can devour it faster! And smelling the beautiful apple pie porridge essence through the house, who wouldn’t want to do that, right?
It was holidays so once this was ready, all three of us eating from the same bowl, sitting on the living room rug while the kids were playing, we felt relaxed and happy. This is the feeling I still have when I look at these photos – and I wish that you will enjoy a quiet moment like this with your family (or at least with your porridge). Enjoy!
Apple pie porridge
- 1/3 cup rolled oats (not quick cook)
- 2/3 cup water
- splash of milk (full cream cow milk, or almond milk are our favourite but use whichever milk you love)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup (I used the Kirkland maple syrup from Costco – but use whatever brand you like)
- 1/2 apple, grated (including skin)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- handful of craisins (optional but recommended) (I use these OceanSpray reduced sugar craisins)
- handful of pepitas (optional but recommended) (pumpkin seeds)
- handful of flaked almonds (optional but recommended) (I have a big bag of these Freshlife flaked almonds in my pantry and love love love them – they stay fresh for a long time)
- Place the oats and the water in a microwave proof bowl, mix and microwave for 1 minute 40 seconds on high.
- Once the microwave beeps, pull the bowl out of the microwave, add the milk and mix until combined.
- Place the bowl back in the microwave and cook for further 20 seconds on high. (This is optional – if the oat mixture doesn't look too runny after you mix the milk in, sometimes I skip this step. It's up to you – if you don't microwave at this point, the milk cools the mixture down and you can eat it faster. But if you add too much milk, more microwaving helps absorb the milk.)
- Take the bowl out of the microwave and mix in the maple syrup, the grated apple and cinnamon.
- Throw in handfuls of craisins, pepitas and almonds, if using.
- Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top and dig in!
This recipe makes one medium sized portion. If you feel hungry, use 1/2 cup of rolled oats and 1 cup of water. Feel free to increase the portions, as long as you keep to the 1 part rolled oats, 2 parts water ratio, you should be fine. Increase the other ingredients accordingly.
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