There's been much talk of “Polar air” on the weather forecast this week. A simple phrase which can't help but make me feel cold, and shivery.
It's also made me change my normal breakfast routine of muesli or toast, to something warm and nourishing.
I can't remember where I first found the idea for this porridge, made from LSA – ground up linseeds, sunflower seeds and almonds – but it's something I've been making for a couple of years now. On a cold morning, when I find myself wanting something hot and hearty for breakfast, this is perfect.
I make it with many, many variations and I've included some more suggestions below, but this version is my current favourite.
Banana, Maple & Ginger LSA Porridge
LSA and milk cooks into a lovely porridge, in a matter of minutes. You only need a relatively small amount of LSA and it expands and thickens into a hearty and filling breakfast. Ginger spices up the flavour, while the banana and maple add a little sweetness. Serves 2.
500ml almond, dairy or soy milk
½ cup (125ml) LSA *
Pinch of ground ginger
What to do:
Make the porridge: Combine the milk, LSA and ginger in a small saucepan. Place over a medium-low heat and bring to a gentle simmer. Stirring regularly, cook for 2 - 3 minutes, until the mixture is thick.
To serve: Slice up the banana and scatter over the top. Drizzle over the maple syrup and serve immediately.
LSA is ground up linseeds, sunflower seeds and almonds. It's available from almost all supermarkets, where it's usually found in the health food section. Keep your open packet of LSA in the fridge, to ensure it stays fresh.
I don't have a microwave, but see no reason why this couldn't be cooked in one.
I love this made with maple syrup, but it's expensive stuff. If I've run out and don't have the budget to buy a new bottle, I'll often drizzle over golden syrup or honey. A spoonful of marmalade is also quite delicious.
Feel free to replace the ginger with cinnamon, allspice, mixed spice or a pinch of nutmeg.
If I want more fruit, I often grate half an apple and add it to the cooking porridge. Berries and passionfruit flesh are also delicious.
- Gluten free – although check the ingredients if you're using non-dairy milk
- Suitable for vegetarians
- If you use a non-dairy milk, suitable for vegans
- As long as you use a lactose free milk, this porridge is lactose free
- Low salt