WINTER PORRIDGE with winter fruits, gluten free

Porridge, healthy and sustaining, spice up yours with this quick winter recipe.

Every day breakfast needs to be simple, not a Michelin 3 star event!  I am sure, we can all agree on that. If you have 3 kids to get off to school, yourself to work and the dog to the vet, this recipe might just be for you. Porridge is satisfying and will sustain you until your next meal. The humble, economical, oats,  release energy slowly, keeping us full for longer.

Oats are a well loved food and have kept the Scots going strong for centuries, so  give this recipe a try and you will have breakfast easily covered in the colder months.

70’s girl likes to use fruit in season such as apples and pears in winter and spices like cinnamon to quickly transform this dish.

One quarter of a cup of dry oats per person is the best for porridge serving sizes.  Increase this recipe for 2,  for the number of people you are cooking for.

Cooks note: mise en place: a French cooking term, meaning, have everything in its place. This helps to keep an organised kitchen and an unflustered cook. Preparing all ingredients first, taking out the equipment you need and reading through a recipe will make cooking relaxing and fun as it should be. Put on some music, try and keep the bench space tidy and there will be less cleaning up at the end.

Footnote: if you have time  to cover oats with cold water and soak overnight in the fridge and drain before use, your porridge will be smoother and easier to digest. This is the same principle used with Bircher muesli.


1/2 cup oats of your choice (I used gluten free millet)

2 pears, washed, cut into quarters, cored and thinly sliced, or 2 grated apples, added to the porridge during cooking

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup of milk of choice, I used almond

1/2 cup water

1 tablespoon linseeds

2 tablespoons of yogurt of choice, optional

1/2 cup extra milk

2 teaspoons of honey or maple syrup

To make

Place oats, cinnamon, vanilla, one cup of milk and 1/2 a cup of water in a saucepan on medium heat.

Bring to a simmer and gently stir for 10-15 minutes. Most of the liquid will be absorbed.

Place the sliced pears into your serving bowls.

Spoon porridge on top , add yogurt, a swirl of honey, sprinkle of cinnamon and serve with almond milk on the side.

 Serves: 2



Bon appetite

X 70’s girl














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