Blackberry and Vanilla Porridge

The temperature seems to have dropped the last few days which has meant two things in my house, a lot of Santa chat and the need for warmer breakfasts. We will be leaving the house before the sun rises soon which means something bright, warm and nourishing is needed first thing in the morning.

I find porridge to be a bit too poridgey so each week I make up a mix of porridge oats, oat bran and seeds to create more of an interesting consistency. Oat bran is the outer  husk of the oat grain often removed during processing. It has a higher protein content than oatmeal and it’s rich in fibre which keeps us feeling fuller for longer and provides a host of other health benefits. See my post on how to increase your fibre intake if you’d like more guidance.

The compote here is made from blackberries but blueberries would work just as well. It’s an extra little step in the morning but it’s very quick to make and adds a lovely flavour to your bowl and colour too. I also used pistachios but almonds or hazelnuts would be another good addition.


Porridge Mix: Keep this stored in an airtight container where it will last for a week.

400g porridge oats (rolled not quick)

100g oatbran

100g Linwoods omega-3 mix


Porridge Recipe (Serves 2)

100g porridge mix

1 tsp poppy seeds

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Milk to cover


Blackberry Compote

1 punnet of blackberries, frozen fruit works too.

1 tbsp water

1 tbsp maple syrup

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Combine ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Gently simmer for five minutes or until blackberries have become squishy and the water has thickened to a syrup.

Serve porridge with compote and chopped pistachios



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