Posted: 26 May 2015

How to make perfect porridge

Flip SheltonAs the temperature plummets, a big bowl of hot porridge is the perfect choice for a nourishing and energising breakfast. But just like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, we all like our porridge a little bit differently, whether it’s super smooth and creamy or stand-your-spoon-up thick.

But nobody knows more about the porridge and muesli caper than Flip Shelton, who started making her own while training for Ironman events. She went on to start Flip’s Muesli, selling six highly-nutritious muesli blends and a delicious five-grain porridge, along with a crazy-rich chilli-chocolate porridge.

But a perfect porridge needs a fabulous topping. These are Flip’s top five ways to do it.

1. Traditional

Add chopped banana, a sprinkling of cinnamon and a teaspoon of raw brown sugar plus a splash of icy cold milk. This is a real crowd pleaser.

2. Zhoozy

Add chopped pistachio nuts, a sprinkling of cardamom and a wedge of honeycomb. You can drizzle honey over the porridge if no honey comb is available.

3. Express

If you’re in a rush or need a rush, try pouring an espresso coffee over the top of the cooked porridge. A latte also works very well.

4. Trendy

For those following current food trends right now, top the cooked porridge with add a dollop of coconut yogurt, a sprinkling of cacao nibs and a few goji berries. For extra sweetness try some coconut sugar.

5. Decadent

This is a cheeky Sunday special… Simply place a Ferrero Roche in a bowl before pouring the hot porridge on top. Mix well so the chocolate becomes melty and molten, then grate some dark chocolate on top. Who says you can’t have chocolate for breakfast?

But wait… Flip’s got more…

Add chopped Medjool dates while cooking the oats, then sprinkle with walnuts and cinnamon to serve.

Serve with Greek yoghurt, walnuts, grapes and brown sugar…this reminds me of the breakfasts I loved eating when I visited Greece (minus the porridge).

Pour over icy cold almond milk and sprinkle with roasted almonds …the nuts give it a lovely wintery taste. Roasted hazelnuts also work well.

Top with freshly grated apple, cloves and fresh mint…this is a very fresh and light topping.

Chopped mango, cashews and grated ginger will transport you to the tropics. Crank up the eating, put on you a sarong, eat this and dream you are somewhere warm.

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