Almond and Vanilla Porridge

June 22nd, 2009

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We all know “someone”, who can’t go past a freebee. Who goes around and around to people handing around free samples just so they can collect as much as possible…

Well I know a couple of those people, and I can certainly relate to it, especially when I see something that looks particularly appealing. And let’s face it – it’s the best sort of bargain out there – you get something for nothing!

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Even though I’ve never liked porridge that people have made (I’ve found they tend to be a bit plain, and since I don’t like dried fruit, it doesn’t even add an extra element that would entice me), I picked up a few samples of porridge in new flavours or a different brand being handed out. One had dried fruit, the other Vanilla and Almond Porridge. Well, the later actually sounds nice, so after trying it, I realised I would have it again. But samples don’t last long… they’re samples. And not finding them in the shops meant I would try and make it myself (and it’s likely to be both cheaper and healthier – as you know exactly what goes into it).

So, one trial for the recipe and I was pretty happy with the result (even more so than the original product, after being given another sample and doing a taste-test comparison)! This is great for our cold weather (and unfortunately weather that is going to get colder and rainier).

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Almond and Vanilla Porridge

Serves: 1 small serving, feel free to double the quantity

1/3 cup rolled oats, blitzed in a food processor until chopped slightly (or Quick Oats)
1 tablespoon blitzed roasted almonds
1 teaspoon caster sugar
A sprinkle of ground cinnamon
2/3 cup milk (approximately)
1/8 teaspoon vanilla

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix the vanilla with the milk and pour into bowl. Mix together and microwave on high for 1 minute (Be careful, this will be hot). Stir mixture and cook on high for another 30sec – 1min, until as thick as you like. Add more milk depending on the consistency and temperature you like your porridge.

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8 Comments

  1. Beta Gal says:

    I’ve been having quick microwave porridge almost every morning for the past month or so, even though I normally don’t eat breakfast and don’t like porridge. I like the brown sugar and cinnamon flavour of Uncle Toby’s. Plus it’s so easy to make.

  2. Very true about homemade being healthier and cheaper! Crushed almonds sounds like a nice way to eat porridge. You could try banana or apple cooked in the mix too if you don’t like dried fruit.

  3. parita says:

    Healthy and flavorful, i love vanilla and cinnamon together..yum yum!

  4. FFichiban says:

    Oohh I like the sound of combining all the suggestions to create an almon/vanilla/brown sugar/cinnamon/banana and apple porridge with a squeeze of honey

  5. Barbara says:

    I love this idea of making your own!

  6. Mary says:

    Pretty cool post. I just stumbled upon your site and wanted to say
    that I have really liked reading your blog posts. Any way
    I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon!

  7. I agree, homemade oatmeal from scratch can’t be beat. I used to eat the Quaker packets but I like making it myself and haven’t used a packet for ages. Nice flavour combination!

  8. Anita says:

    Hi everyone – love the sound of your flavour suggestions, I am still eating the almond and vanilla one, but have tried a brown sugar and cinnamon one but it didn’t taste as good.

    Hi Mary – Thanks for visiting, I hope you continue to like the posts 😛

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