This recipe for Almond Porridge makes a wonderful real food breakfast. Good quality whole oats are super sustaining to keep Goldilocks and your little bear full up till lunch. The almonds provide a great source of protein and healthy fat, whilst also giving a natural creaminess. This natural creaminess means you can make the porridge with water rather than milk for a dairy-free version.
The seeds are powerhouses of nutrition – as it is from the seed that fruit and plants grow – so they are packed full of potential nutrition. When we eat the seed we get this densely packed nutrition that would have become a plant. Therefore we don’t need many, just a light sprinkle. Why not add a dollop of Greek yoghurt for extra decadence.
Recipe: Almond porridge with fresh fruit
- 50g porridge oats
- 50g ground almonds
- 1tsp cinnamon
- 250ml water or milk of your choice
- Drizzle of maple syrup
- Sprinkle of pumpkin seeds (12mths +)
- Sprinkle of sunflower seeds (12mths +)
- Large hand full of fresh strawberries (or whatever fruit is in season)
- Dollop of Greek yoghurt
- Measure out the oats and almonds and tip both into a saucepan. Top tip: a ¼ measuring cup holds 50g of porridge and it’s much easier to use this each morning rather than weighing it out every day. If you don’t have a proper ¼ measuring cup, any receptacle will do that holds the right amount.
- Add the cinnamon and water (or milk), stir and cook over a medium/low heat, stirring regularly for about 10 minutes until nice and thick.
- Meanwhile chop the strawberries into bite size pieces – smaller for babies.
- Pour cooked porridge into bowls then add any or all of the optional toppings. Set the toppings out on the breakfast table for kids to help themselves to – encouraging them to get creative with the decorative toppings (a couple of strawberries and a few seeds can make a great porridge face or an abstract piece of art)!
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