Awesome Oats – Banana and Pecan Porridge


Porridge pimped-up, like it doesn’t need to be

We’re unofficially entering ‘porridge season’ where freezing cold mornings mean that you can barely feel your toes and fingers after scraping the ice off your car. The Hairy Dieters include a handy ‘Awesome Oats’ section in their second book and I had a bash at trying Banana and Pecan Porridge to warm me up!

I reached four conclusions. 1. This is a lovely, comforting start to your day. 2. Pecan nuts are ridiculously expensive. 3. It’s cheaper to buy sachets of Oat So Simple porridge which actually contain fewer calories than this recipe. 4. Why would you mess about prepping this when you can just pour the contents of an Oat So Simple sachet into a microwavable bowl and ping-ding, a minute later you can be tucking in?

I’m all for advocating the use of fresh ingredients. But practicality, affordability and saving money / time is just as important when sticking to a diet.

Recipe: Awesome Oats – Banana and Pecan Porridge

Calories: 285 per portion

Serves: 4

Book: Hairy Dieters – Eat for Life

Prep time: Approx 5 minutes

Cooking time: Approx 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 60g porridge oats
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 350ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 100ml water
  • 1 small banana
  • 10g pecan nuts (6 or 7 halves)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

Cost per portion: Approx £0.35

Method:

Put the porridge oats in a medium non-stick saucepan with the cinnamon, if using, milk and water and place over a medium heat.

Cook for 3-5 minutes or until the oats are tender and creamy, stirring frequently.

Pour the porridge into 2 bowls. Add some slices of banana, scatter with a few pecan nuts, breaking them up roughly, and drizzle with maple syrup.

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