Porridge oats were a traditional part of Scottish eating and have been associated with a very frugal, simple way to eat. Porridge cooked with water and a little added salt is admittedly not for everyone but is still a real delight compared to commercial cereals that are all coated with sugar!
Add Your Own Flavours
Saying that, oats and, in particular, porridge oats are wonderful with a little added flavour. Instead of the very austere Scottish method, why not try something different. Here below we are going to guide you through one of the delicious ways to making really luxurious porridge by using coconut milk. This method produces a lovely rich and creamy porridge that can make for a delightful breakfast or pudding.
Fun Facts about Oats
- The Latin name for oats is ‘Avena Sativa’, and they are grown in Europe and North America.
- Oats are an excellent source of fibre, beta-glucan, vitamins and contain antioxidants.
- Whole oats boast avenanthramides that are strongly believed to protect against heart disease.
- Bran is the outer layer of the oats and can be found in muesli, cereals and often in bread
- In one cup of raw oats there are approximately : 8.1 grams fibre, 0.8 grams sugar, 10.7 grams protein, 8.7 grams water, 54.8 grams carbohydrate and 5.3 grams fat.
Here is all you need to make a scrumptious bowl of coconut milk porridge. Why not add a few berries or a pinch of spicy cinnamon?
- 1 tin of coconut milk
- 1 cup of porridge oats
- 2 teaspoons honey or brown sugar
- A sprinkle of coconut flakes (optional)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Oats are only as tasty as you make them! By adding the wonderful richness of coconut to the simple flavour of oats will not disappoint! This recipe has a sweetness and a wonderful creamy taste that your kids will love too!
- Firstly, bring the coconut milk to the boil in a suitable-sized pan.
Now stir in the required amount of oats and honey if you like it sweet. Heat this through until most of the milk has been absorbed by the oats and is a nice thick creamy consistency.
- Add a special touch to the dish by adding a few flakes of coconut and a pinch or two of ground cinnamon. If you are not a honey person, then add a little brown sugar on top. Yummy!
Did you know?
Porridge oats contain a high content of minerals and vitamins, which include the following:
- Zinc – essential for overall health as it aids many chemical activities in the body.
- Manganese – found in high quantities in whole grain foods. This is a trace element that is essential for growth and your metabolism
- Phosphorous – an important mineral that protects bone and tissue maintenance.
- Magnesium – one of the elements that are often short in our diets but enables critical body functions and processes.
- Selenium – recent research has shown that low levels can impair immune and mental functions in the body.
- Iron – essential for healthy blood as this is a component of haemoglobin.
Porridge, porridge, porridge!
So, as you can see, porridge is a bit of a wonder food that can be made even more wonderful with just a bit of imagination. We hope you try this tasty variant with all the exotic goodness of coconut flavours that just add to this great oaty mix!