Scrumptious chocolate and peanut butter porridge is a tasty twist on your everyday breakfast porridge - see you can have chocolate for breakfast.
Is it time to perk up your porridge with our chocolate and peanut butter porridge recipe?
We can’t put our finger on the feeling we get from having porridge for breakfast. We are not sure if it’s the process of stirring the porridge into a reassuring gloop that calms us or sitting with a steaming bowl nestled in our laps that enables us to stop and take a moment for ourselves – even if that moment is still surrounded by the hurly-burly of family breakfast time.
And no, in our eye’s porridge is not just part of the autumn and winter breakfast menu it is an all year rounder. Sometimes, and you’ll probably think us quite mad, we might even have a bowl for lunch.
There are several ways to make your porridge, yes it can be very quick and incredibly simple, but if you want super creamy porridge – soaking your oats in the milk overnight, not only makes the porridge quicker to cook, and aids the body’s ability to digest the oats, it also makes the porridge super creamy.
Adding flavour to porridge
You might be a firm believer that porridge should be made with just a pinch of salt added or possibly a drizzle of something sweet. But we have to confess once we got into adding other ingredients to the mix we didn’t look back and we now eat a lot more porridge because of it.
We like to use cacao powder rather than cocoa powder as it releases a richer chocolate flavour, it’s also not been refined so retains real chocolatey health benefits!
How much liquid to add?
Porridge seems to absorb an awful lot of liquid. Generally, we think for 1 measuring cup of oats – this is about 70g of oats, you need 2 cups of liquid, a cup is about 250ml.
Do I really need all those toppings?
No of course not, I suppose we go overboard on the toppings because of how social media reacts to a slightly over the top breakfast bowl! If there’s peanut butter in the porridge you might not want more on top or go for more fresh fruit. Mixed seeds are always a good addition or simply enjoy with a drizzle of maple syrup.
Why is porridge so good for me?
The simple oat has some special powers – it can help lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, is packed full of vitamins and minerals and is high in fibre.
And if you need any more reasons oats release energy slowly which helps to balance blood sugar which is very helpful when you are managing diabetes, migraine and unruly hormones.
Does porridge have to be made from oats?
The type of oat you use really is a personal preference. We’ve found that we like to create mixed porridge blends – these can include oats (jumbo & normal size), quinoa flakes, millet flakes, amaranth or buckwheat flakes. These all add extra nutritional benefits and add extra flavour.
What liquid should I use?
Traditionally porridge was made with water and cream or with milk. We make it with either a 50/50 mix of water and plant-based milk or with plant-based milk. The 3 types of plant-based milk we prefer to use are unsweetened almond, coconut milk or oat milk.
Measuring cups or scales (to be honest by eye works too)