Monday 25 June 2012

Instant Porridge

While shopping recently I spotted a box of 6 sachets of a luxury brand name Instant Porridge for $1 in the sad basket at Dewson's.
Joe really enjoyed them for breakfast but at the regular price of $6 for 6 serves it was not going to be a regular purchase. I had a light-bulb moment and realised I could make it myself, saved the ingredients list off the box and got the food processor out...

To make around 7 serves for less than a dollar you'll need....

2 cups of rolled oats(not the instant kind)
1/3 cup of dried fruit, perhaps roughly chopped apricots and sultanas or some dates and pears for example
1T mixed seeds
1T raw sugar
1t cocoa powder(optional)
1t ground cinnamon (also optional but very nice)

Start off processing them, seeds and fruit first and then everything else until you mix is quite powdery. Store it in a airtight container, this much just filled a 500mls canning jar.

To serve...
Mix 1/3 a cup of your porridge blend with 1/2 a cup of cold milk or water,
Microwave for about 2 minutes and stir well...that's it!
 It shouldn't need any sweetener on it but you could always leave out the sugar and serve it with honey or maple syrup.

If you'd prefer you could soak the blend in 1/2 a cup of boiling water for 2-3 minutes and stir well, serve with a little cold milk.

By making your own it cuts back on the amount of packaging you buy.

(and I don't like porridge at all, it's right up there with Heinz tinned spaghetti lol The reason I don't like it is because on ONE occasion my dear old Grandad cooked it for Ian(4) and I(8) and he left a few lumps in it.....oh dear, this Princess could not eat Lumpy Porridge and so her Little Bro' wouldn't eat it either! Sorry Grandad xx)

The rain is coming back this week and it's shopping today, what an event that buy the very best and most for the least amount of money is a challenge I actually enjoy.
Rose has posted a lovely spicy soup recipe at the forum with red lentils and chick peas and lots of healthy aromatics so I'm keen to try that.
Take care, especially if you are driving,
Love Sue

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