No one porridge is ever the same, whether it’s runny, covered in golden syrup or bulked out with nuts and seed – every porridge represents our individual creative side. But even we admit, 8am isn’t always the prime hour for creative thought, so check out our top 5 porridge toppings for a bit of help along the way. Try them out on either our Plain (No Added Sugar) or Super Seeds Porridge and let us know how it goes. Share your pics on Twitter or Facebook or, if you think you know a better topping – get in touch, we’re happy to take you up on that challenge!
1. Peanut Butter and Banana
‘Not only does this make a delicious rich nutty porridge, but it also provides you with one of your 5 a day, extra protein and fibre, a source of potassium and Vitamin B₆. It’s even high in monounsaturated fats. If you fancy going wild, add an American twist of chopped crispy bacon!’
2. Mixed Red Berries and SeedsAdd 80g of chopped strawberries, 40g of blueberries and 40g raspberries Nutritionist Charlie Parker says:
This will provide 2 of your 5 a day, as well as being high in Vitamin C. If you fancy adding a little extra fibre and protein, throw on some sunflower, sesame, flax or chia seeds. A sprinkle of mint will add that lovely taste of summer too!
3. Dried Apricots, Figs and AlmondsAdd 30g of chopped dried apricots, 30g of chopped dried figs and 20g of whole almonds (feel free to chop up if you don’t want such a chunky bite) Nutritionist Charlie Parker says:
This topping will provide one of your five a day, a source of fibre and iron, which plays a role in reducing tiredness and fatigue, as well as being high in monounsaturated fats
4. Apple, Carrot and RaisinAdd one carrot and half of one apple both grated and then sprinkle in 30g of raisins Nutritionist Charlie Parker says:
"This is a lovely fresh topping that works out as three of your five a day as it’s a mix between vegetables and fruits. It' high in Vitamin A, which plays a role in maintaining normal skin and vision and supports the immune system to function normally. Why not sprinkle some cinnamon on top to add a lovely bit of spice”
5. Orange and Brazil NutAdd segments or slices from one whole orange, alongside 20g of chopped Brazil Nuts. For that extra sweetness, drizzle with maple syrup, honey or agave syrup. Nutritionist Charlie Parker says:
"This yummy topping works out as one of your five a day. It’s high in Vitamin C, magnesium and selenium, which plays a role in maintaining normal hair and nails, magnesium and a source of folate"