Winter in the UK is so exciting! Yes I said it and I’m not taking it back, because although I’m born and bred African I don’t particularly like hot weather…give me cable knit blankets, log fires, red wine or soup and I am as happy as Larry. So to me, cold weather and porridge are just a perfect match, especially when it is still dark outside in the morning, and the girls stumble down to breakfast all bleary eyed, nothing better than to have a hot bowl of porridge to fill their bellies and get them started for the day.
We generally have eggs in some form most days for brekkie, but there are the mornings where I wake up and can not face another egg in any shape or form. I am a huge lover of oats and fondly remember my big steaming bowls of porridge before school in the mornings, but along with those memories I am reminded of what followed which was stomach pain and bloating. This porridge comes pretty close to that gorgeous bowl of my childhood memories without the tummy ache and it fills me with such pleasure to see my girls tucking in.
The green banana is a great prebiotic which assists in keeping those awesome little probiotics happily fed in your gut, and the addition of the shelled hemp seeds provide not only a great omega boost for the day but also give it the oats texture.
This porridge can be eaten cold or hot, once mixed it can either be warmed in the microwave or just eaten as it comes, try both and find your perfect match!
Top with fresh cut fruit, nuts and yoghurt and your day could not get off to a better start! Enjoy
- 1 small or 1/2 large green banana
- 1/2 cup nut milk
- 2 Tbsp almond butter
- 2 Tbsp coconut flour
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3 Tbsp shelled hemp seeds (can also sub with thinly sliced almonds)
- Blend all the ingredients except for the hemp seeds in a high speed blender.
- Stir through the seeds.
- Transfer to a serving bowl and either warm in the micro or serve cold.
- Top with hemp seeds, cacao, nuts and fruit
- If preferred drizzle with honey or maple syrup
- Substitute banana for a 2-3 medjool dates and sliced almonds for hemp seeds