Sunday, 8 January 2017

Vibrant Matcha Porridge with Ginger

At time of writing, I’m sat in my favourite plant based café in Bath – Beyond The Kale – sipping on a chai latté and planning my next adventure! I promised myself this year I would do more weekend trips and exploring of the beautiful places I have right on my doorstop in England and Europe. If anyone has any wonderful city break recommendations, I’d love to hear them on Twitter… 

One of my favourite things to do is to think up delicious porridge flavour combinations. I love going through my cupboards and picking and choosing different ingredients to go together. To be honest, It's probably the only speckle of creativity I have - I'm a hard-core accountant with a passion for spreadsheets… I know.

Flu Busting Matcha Porridge with Ginger -

At this time of year ginger is a popular ingredient, and rightly so. Most of us get the winter sniffles at some point in the colder season and ginger is the illness kicking nutritional powerhouse we all should include in our diets. Ginger contains the bioactive compound gingerol which is what brings it so many medicinal benefits – the two most commonly known benefits being high in anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. I’m always looking at different ways to include it in my diet, such as in this flu busting matcha ginger porridge. This recipe could definitely be an overnight oats recipe too, simply place all the ingredients in a bowl, mix up and place in the fridge overnight.

Matcha is always a winning flavour with almond milk as they just simply go so well together. We all love a piping hot matcha latté, so you can imagine how deliciously nourishing this bowl of goodness is. Packed with a cheeky ginger kick makes this one a true flu-busting winner.  Picture this being eaten in a cosy armchair in your favourite fluffy socks and jumper, with a piping hot cup of herbal tea by your side, your favourite radio station playing... Need I say more?

Flu Busting Matcha Porridge with Ginger -

Flu-Busting Matcha Porridge with Ginger
Makes 1

For the porridge: 
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 level teaspoon matcha
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger (substitute: 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger powder)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3/4 cup water 

Topping suggestions:
  • Cubed apple 
  • Sprinkling of mixed seeds - pumpkin, sunflower, linseed, sesame
  • Dollop of nut butter of your choice

Add the dry ingredients - oats, chia seeds, matcha powder, ginger - to a shallow pan and give it all a mix up.

Add the water and almond milk, stir up and put on a low heat. While you're waiting for the pan to heat up, cube your apple. 

Once the oats start to gently bubble, constantly stir until the oats are soft and the consistency is creamy and a beautiful green colour. Feel free to add a dash more almond milk.

Pour into your bowl immediately (leaving the oats in the pan even off the heat will continue cooking them and dry them out) and add your toppings.

Flu Busting Matcha Porridge with Ginger -

Love porridge? Why not try my Chocolate Orange Oats recipe...


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