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Why make this mince pie flavoured porridge!
I don’t know about you, but on the run up to Christmas I start to crave all the mince pie flavoured items, trying to pack in the spiced flavour in any which way I can. I still don’t quite know where / how I came up with this idea, but I do know that I am pleased I did – this Mince Pie Flavoured Porridge is right up there as one of my favourite Christmas recipes.
This mince pie porridge is wonderful because:
- Homemade Mincemeat: shop purchased mincemeat, whilst easy, is packed full of preservatives. This recipe creates all that same flavour in a homemade version that is simple to put together. You’ll never buy a shop bought version again!
- Easy to Make: no fancy equipment needed, and apart from the soaking, it is a quick recipe to throw together.
- Gives You All Those Christmas Flavours: this porridge really does deliver on all those Christmas flavours, without being overly sweet
- Refined Sugar Free: the dried fruits give a lovely natural sweetness so there isn’t any need to add extra sweetener
mince pie flavoured porridge – Recipe notes
** From experience I have found rolled jumbo oats give the best porridge consistency. Using this variety, you get a porridge that has a bit of bite to it. Standard porridge oats tend to be finer so have a smoother texture and don’t really give you anything to chew on.
** By soaking your porridge oats and fruit mixtures for at least an hour (but it can be done overnight), you give the ingredients the chance to slowly soak up the liquids. The result being a creamy porridge with lovely plump flavourful fruit.
** You can buy bags of mixed fruit in all supermarkets and in most small stores as well. The more premium varieties often add date and apricot pieces as well, which is always nice!
mince pie flavoured porridge – recipe ADAPTIONS
** Any dairy-free milk will work. I tend to use almond or cashew varieties, as I like the flavour but soya or oat will work too. Just try to choose a milk that doesn’t have added oils or stabilisers, which a lot of the barista grade milks do. For this porridge you don’t need milk that froths well.
** You can substitute the cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger mix for the same mixture of pre – made mixed spice, if easier.
** The syrup that tops the porridge is optional, but maple or date syrup would work well.
** Any dairy-free yoghurt will be fine to top your porridge, but try to pick a plain flavoured one as not to take away from the mince pie flavours.
Personally I am a huge fan of all the toppings on my porridge bowls, the more the merrier!
Toppings I think would work well include:
- Chopped walnuts
- Crumbled-up, homemade mince pies (this would be the dream!)
- Crumbled-up leftover Christmas pudding
- Pieces of chocolate orange chocolate
1 hour (soaking time)
- Porridge Ingredients
100g Rolled jumbo oats
200ml Dairy free milk
Mixed spice mix (1tsp cinnamon, 1/4tsp nutmeg, 1/4tsp ginger)
2tbsp Dried fruit mix
3tbsp Dried fruit
2tbsp Orange juice
Pinch of nutmeg
Dairy free plain yoghurt
- Put all of the porridge ingredients in a saucepan and leave to soak for an hour / overnight. This makes the porridge super-creamy, as it gives the oats the chance to soak up the liquid
- Whilst the porridge mix is soaking, put the following topping ingredients in a separate bowl. Dried fruit, orange juice, cinnamon and nutmeg and leave to soak for 1 hour. In this time the dried fruit will soak up the spiced orange juice liquid.
- Once soaking is done, cook the porridge on the hob top until thick and creamy
- Serve the porridge into 2 bowls and top with spoonfuls of dairy free yoghurt. Add the dried fruit mixture on top of this and then drizzle with the gingerbread syrup
I look forward to hearing what you think of this Mince Pie Porridge so please leave a comment below and tag my in your wonderful creations! I’m @fortheutteroffood on Instagram and use the hashtag #theutterloveoffood. I’m also on Facebook – please say hello!