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Banana and almond porridge

Porridge recipe - A Free From Life

Porridge recipe - A Free From Life

I was never a fan of porridge. Partly due to the texture, partly to the fact I don’t really like milk either.

This porridge recipe has converted me though. I love it!

It’s our ‘set you up for the day’ breakfast and the great thing about this recipe is you can make it your own by adding any combination of fruit and nuts.

This is a warm breakfast that will fill you up and start you out on the right foot. It doesn’t take long to make, as you can prep it the night before. However, if you don’t have time, you might like to try making these overnight Bircher pots that you can take to work with you.

One Pot Bircher Muesli - A Free From Life

 

I’ve included all the fruit you might need to add to your porridge in the ingredients section below. You don’t need to use all of them at once. Some ideas of fruit combinations have been included in the instructions section.

Porridge recipe - A Free From Life
Banana and almond porridge
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creamy, filling and delicious, this porridge will set you up for the day
Servings
4
Cook Time
10 mins
Servings
4
Cook Time
10 mins
Porridge recipe - A Free From Life
Banana and almond porridge
Print Recipe
creamy, filling and delicious, this porridge will set you up for the day
Servings
4
Cook Time
10 mins
Servings
4
Cook Time
10 mins
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Make the night before: Measure the oats, milk and vanilla into a bowl, stir and leave in the fridge
  2. In the morning: Put the porridge in a large pan with the almond butter, coconut oil and mashed banana and heat on a low to medium heat.
  3. Add more milk to the porridge to stop it from sticking to the pan and keep adding to make it the desired consistency (I don't like mine too thick!)
  4. For the fruit toppings, try the following combinations: 1. Stewed apple and pear with cinnamon, 2. Strawberries, blueberries and bananas, fresh or stewed, 3. Apple and strawberry puree (you can make these the night before and re-heat, or make in the morning and serve hot over the warm porridge)
  5. Plain natural yoghurt also goes well with the porridge and fruit
Recipe Notes

The variations are limited to your imagination, using the same base porridge.

Overnight oats - A Free From Life

Adding the almond butter, gives the porridge a protein boost, which along with the oats, will help keep you fuller for longer.

Soaking the oats overnight makes them easier to digest. It also means they take less time to cook and you end up with a smoother, creamier porridge, not the gritty, lumpy stuff that, if you're like me, put you off eating it.

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Mother’s Day breakfast ideas – decadent French toast

Mother's Day breakfast ideas - A Free From Life

Did you know it is Mother’s Day on Sunday? Not that I’m hinting or anything. It’s just that I made this breakfast for my kids the other day and it occurred to me what a lovely breakfast it would make for someone’s mum on Mother’s Day… and in bed too… with a cup of tea (just saying).

Mother's Day breakfast ideas - A Free From Life

This is so easy that I made it on a school morning and considering my eldest daughter has to leave the house at 7.30am, that just shows how little effort it took. Not that your mum needs to know that and when she sees it, she will never know that something so lovely and elegant took so little time.

My recipe uses homemade spelt bread, but of course you can use any bread you like. This is also a great way to use up stale bread (but again, not something mum needs to know). I also used coconut milk, which is my favourite dairy free milk. It’s fresh, clean consistency makes it so similar to cow’s milk, but with just a hint of coconut flavour, it has a natural sweetness too.

If you’re plotting ways to spoil your mother this weekend (and I’m sure you are), making breakfast is just one idea. As a mum, I can tell you that the little things mean a great deal and I know such a gesture will be really appreciated.

Mother's Day breakfast ideas - A Free From Life
Mother's Day breakfast ideas - decadent French toast
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Easy to make, fool proof and healthy breakfast idea to spoil your mum with this weekend.
Servings Prep Time
1 5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Servings Prep Time
1 5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Mother's Day breakfast ideas - A Free From Life
Mother's Day breakfast ideas - decadent French toast
Print Recipe
Easy to make, fool proof and healthy breakfast idea to spoil your mum with this weekend.
Servings Prep Time
1 5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Servings Prep Time
1 5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Whisk the egg with the milk and vanilla extract, then add the cinnamon
  2. Pour the egg mixture into a shallow bowl and put the slice of bread into it, turning to allow the bread to soak up the mixture on both sides
  3. Transfer the bread to a non-stick pan and fry on both sides until golden brown (you can finish off under the grill if you prefer)
  4. Put the toasted eggy bread on to a plate and top with the strawberries and blueberries
  5. Add the yoghurt to the fruit and drizzle with maple syrup (optional)
Recipe Notes

It really is that simple. In fact, I only added measurements to make it easier to follow. I don't tend to measure things out and so if I'd wrote this recipe in the manner of how I make things it would read: a glug of milk, with a splash of vanilla extract and a sprinkling of cinnamon. That's the beauty of cooking though, you can just go for it and trust your judgement and if you are a little bit over or under, so be it.

Have fun with this recipe and hope you like it (or your mum does!).

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Porridge with apple, pear and cinnamon puree

With the weather becoming so cold this week, I wanted to send my kids out to school having had a warm and filling breakfast. Porridge is the obvious answer and I made this really easy version the night before.

Porridge with Apple, pear and cinnamon puree - A Free From Life

When you soak oats overnight, you don’t need to cook them, although warmed up, just seem to set you up for the day. Cooking up some chopped apple and pear, with a sprinkling of cinnamon just added to that warmth.

Apart from peeling and chopping the fruit, it didn’t take long to make. I only cooked the fruit through for a few minutes, just enough to start to soften. Then I whizzed it up in the blender to make a smooth puree.

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Although this comfortably serves four people, by adding a little extra milk to taste (depending on how thick you like it), this went round all five of us. I also made this recipe gluten and dairy free.

 

Porridge with apple and pear puree
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A hearty porridge of oats soaked overnight, for added convenience and nutritional value. Guaranteed to warm you through on these chilly autumn mornings.
Servings Prep Time
4-5 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-5 5 minutes
Porridge with apple and pear puree
Print Recipe
A hearty porridge of oats soaked overnight, for added convenience and nutritional value. Guaranteed to warm you through on these chilly autumn mornings.
Servings Prep Time
4-5 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-5 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Weigh out the oats into a large bowl and add the milk and vanilla extract
  2. Store the oats in the fridge overnight
  3. First thing: In a saucepan, warm the chopped apple and pear with the cinnamon until starting to soften. Transfer to a blender and whizz until smooth
  4. Divide the porridge into bowls and add milk, stirring to the desired thickness
  5. Warm through in a microwave for 1-2 minutes and then top with the puree. Serve immediately
Recipe Notes

It's easier to divide in to bowls and then warm through, as it takes less time. Also, for my family, we have different milk requirements, so we need to do that anyway. For this recipe, I use a coconut milk (Koko) and add more of the same for my dairy intolerant son. My husband prefers almond milk and the girls have cow's milk!

You can, of course, add any combination of fruit you desire. Strawberry and peach is particularly nice too, but I have to say, apple and pear with cinnamon is my favourite. With the cinnamon and the vanilla, you don't need to sweeten this porridge, but if you do feel the need, try adding a teaspoon of honey, drizzled over once warmed through.

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One Pot Bircher Muesli – Gluten Free, Dairy Free

One Pot Bircher Muesli - A Free From Life

This is a gluten free and dairy free, one pot wholesome breakfast in a jar that takes me straight back to previous visits to Germany. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of eating Bircher muesli, you will appreciate the smooth, creamy richness that signifies this decadent breakfast. Not for the faint hearted, calorie wise, Bircher is often made with cream. This version, however, is much lighter and healthier, whilst retaining that same satisfaction.

One Pot Bircher Muesli - A Free From Life

I credit this recipe to Jenny at Let’s Talk Mommy, whose gorgeous looking recipe for overnight oats inspired me to make my own.

Like Jenny says, the possibilities for this dish are limited only to your tastes and preferences. Vary the fruit, swap the fresh fruit for dried (dates, apricots, cranberries or raisins) and make it nut free by swapping the almond milk for apple juice and the nuts for toasted sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

One Pot Bircher Muesli - A Free From Life

It really is that versatile and I promise you, it is just as yummy as it looks.

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One Pot Bircher Muesli - A Free From Life
One Pot Bircher Muesli - Gluten Free, Dairy Free
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Individual, portion-sized fruity gluten and dairy free Bircher in a jar. Make ahead and store overnight. Just grab from the fridge next day to take to work.
Servings Prep Time
1 10
Servings Prep Time
1 10
One Pot Bircher Muesli - A Free From Life
One Pot Bircher Muesli - Gluten Free, Dairy Free
Print Recipe
Individual, portion-sized fruity gluten and dairy free Bircher in a jar. Make ahead and store overnight. Just grab from the fridge next day to take to work.
Servings Prep Time
1 10
Servings Prep Time
1 10
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Measure the oats into a jar
  2. Add the milk and stir to mix
  3. Pour over the yoghurt
  4. Layer the blueberries, raspberries and sliced strawberries and drizzle with maple syrup (optional)
  5. Cover with the crushed walnuts
  6. Sprinkle the desiccated coconut over the fruit and nuts
  7. Seal the jar and store in the fridge
    One Pot Bircher Muesli - A Free From Life
Recipe Notes

The best bit about this recipe is stirring it all up the next day to make a lovely Bircher mix. What you get is a zingy fresh and fruity hit, along with a touch of crunch to complement the creamy oats. The hint of coconut coming through gives a burst of sweetness.

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