Porridge with Crunchy Honey and Cardamom Toasted Nuts and Seeds

April 30, 2014

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This porridge bowl has been my most reliable breakfast meal of late. Well, besides a sudden obsession with tahini, but that’s another story.

As the cooler weather comes creeping in my cravings become rather cliche. That’s cool,  I am quite happy to conform. I trust us porridge eaters are on to a good thing. Toast has been popping up on my menu more frequently and I do still fancy pancakes, particularly Autumn flavoured ones. But really, it’s porridge, always and intensely in Autumn.

What type of porridge, you might ask? Creamy, milky porridge. Classic bowls, simply assembled with oats, milk and water, no embellishment. Well, maybe a little decoration with these crunchy honey and cardamom toasted nuts and seeds…

I favour almonds, walnuts and brazil nuts from both a nutrition and taste perspective, so that is what I tend to have on hand. This recipe takes the nuts to a new, dreamy level and requires only a little foresight in terms of when to add which ingredient to the pan in order to avoid burning.

That’s all there is to my porridge with crunchy honey and cardamom toasted nuts and seeds. It may sound fancy but really it’s very simple and terribly comforting. The way porridge should be. Always and intensely in Autumn.

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Porridge with Crunchy Honey and Cardamom Toasted Nuts and Seeds

1/3 cup Rolled Oats and 1 tablespoon Steel Cut Oats (or a straight 1/3-1/2 cup rolled oats, depending on your preference, cupboard situation and hunger level)
2/3 cup Full Cream Milk, plus extra for drizzling
1/3 cup Water
1 tablespoon Almonds (or a mix of other nuts, such as walnuts), roughly chopped
1 tablespoon Sunflower Seeds and Pepitas
1-2 dried Figs, chopped
1 tablespoon Honey
1/4 teaspoon ground Cardamom
A pinch of ground Cinnamon
A sprinkle of Sea Salt

1. In a small heavy based saucepan, soak your oats in the milk for at least 15 minutes (30 minutes or even longer is desirable, allowing for creamier porridge)
2. Add some water and cook your porridge over low-medium heat for ~20 minutes. Let the oats bubble away, adding more water as required to encourage soft, creamy oats and stirring every now and then to ensure they don’t stick to the bottom too much.
3. Meanwhile, heat a non-stick pan over low heat and gently toast your almonds for a few minutes until they start to turn golden. Add your sunflower seeds and toast for another minute or so until they begin to brown, before finally adding the pepitas and toasting until everything is golden and toasty. Add the honey, chopped fig, cinnamon and cardamom and turn the heat off but leave the pan on the stove. Let it all sizzle down and stir to ensure everything is covered in a shiny honey coat. Pour onto a piece of baking paper, sprinkle with a little sea salt (as per your preference, you can skip this step if you like) and spread the nuts and seeds out so it’s not all piled on top of each other. Allow it to cool and harden and get all crunchy and dreamy while the porridge finishes cooking.
4. Serve the porridge in a bowl, top with the honey and cardamom toasted nuts and seeds and fig and add a generous glug of milk. Morning comfort.

What did you have for breakfast today?

Heidi xo

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17 Comments

  • Reply Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet April 30, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Why does “porridge” sound a million times better than “oatmeal?!?”

    • Reply Heidi May 5, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      I don’t know but I SO agree x

  • Reply InTolerant Chef April 30, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I adore porridge too, as long as it’s Gfree 🙂 Breakfast today was GF toast, one with maple peanut butter, and one with liver spread – I know, what a weird mixture, but I’m trying to get my iron levels up xox

    • Reply Heidi May 5, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      Hope it does the trick! I just really don’t like liver… wish I did though! x

  • Reply Iron Chef Shellie April 30, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    I’m totally in love with that bowl I see most mornings on my IG feed. It’s such a gorgeous shape, and you always fill it with amazing deliciousness. Also just wanted to say, I’m loving the energy that comes through your photos. It’s very “you” and it always brings a smile to my face 🙂 xo

    • Reply Heidi May 5, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      Oh, Shellie! You’re just the sweetest, thank you. That made my afternoon 🙂 x

  • Reply laurasmess May 1, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    I love, love, love porridge. It’s one of my favourite things in the whole world – just so comforting and delicious. I had a mixture of weetbix and buckwheat with raisins and milk. Nowhere near as interesting as this beautifully embellished bowl of creamy oaten goodness. The cardamom in the nuts sounds divine xx

    • Reply Heidi May 5, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Thanks, lovely. Wow – “beautifully embellished bowl of creamy oaten goodness”, way to put poetry on my porridge, I love it! x

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  • Reply Lyf July 10, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    I made this for breakfast today and it was delicious. Who would have known there is something magical about just plain porridge? Thanks to you I also discovered number 5 granola and because it’s low key and divine it will never tire on me. I love how you have made eating breakfast such a special ritual.

    • Reply Heidi May 18, 2015 at 8:25 am

      Thank you, Lyf, that’s so lovely to hear! 10 months late in seeing this, my bad x

  • Reply Chiara May 17, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    I tried this porridge with apricots instead of figs… Mmm yummy!!! Thanx! fabulous blog! 🙂

    • Reply Heidi May 18, 2015 at 8:25 am

      Thank you so much, Chiara! Super happy to hear that x

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