Coconut Porridge with Spiced, Stewed Plums

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Recently all my body wants is warm, comforting food. Especially when I’m working during the day. But this is fine, as long as I can find a healthy balance of food that is warming and filling, but also nutritious. I have been making this porridge for a while, particularly at the weekends when I have a bit more time, and it is also an impressive brunch that you can share with the family or guests. It is easy to make and doesn’t require too much attention, and you could even stew a batch of plums and keep them in the fridge so that they are ready to go the next time you need them in a hurry! And I don’t really like rules, why not try a different fruit or a combination of what you have available?

I didn’t used to like porridge too much, that was until I discovered the variety of different things you could do with it! There are so many things you can add into the mix, or add on top to make it interesting and really nutritious. It is difficult to get bored when you can make it a completely different flavour each day! Although due to my limited resources at work, my staple breakfast recently has been almond milk porridge with chia seeds and raw honey, topped with bananas or raspberries! If you are organised you can still take your favourite food with you on the go. This Christmas recipe is complete guilt-free weekend indulgence for me, and perhaps my perfect Christmas morning recipe, especially if we are not eating until later on in the afternoon…

 

Coconut Porridge with Spiced, Stewed Plums
 
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Recipe type: vegan, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 cup porridge oats
  • 2 inch piece of a coconut cream bar
  • 1 tbsp maca or lucuma powder (optional)
  • 2.5 cups water
  • 3 tbsp raw honey/maple syrup/brown rice syrup
  • 3 plums, chopped and stones removed
  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Nutmeg for topping
  • A handful of almonds, chopped
Instructions
  1. Place the plums and half a cup of water in a small pan on a low heat
  2. Cover with a lid and simmer for approximately 10 minutes until soft, stirring often
  3. Once soft, remove the lid and add 2 tbsp of the sweetener and the spices
  4. Using the back of the spoon, mash the plums slightly and stir in the spices
  5. Set aside and drain any excess liquid
  6. Now place the oats, coconut and 2 cups of water in a medium pan and heat on the lowest heat, stirring constantly
  7. Once the coconut has melted and the oats begin to absorb the liquid, add 1 tbsp of the sweetener and the superfood powder
  8. Stir again and remove from the heat once the liquid is absorbed and the consistency is to your personal tastes
  9. Serve the coconut porridge in bowls and top with the plum mixture
  10. Sprinkle the chopped almonds and a dusting of nutmeg on top and serve immediately

 

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