I’m writing this post after a series of perfect autumn days. Crisp, bright, cooler. It’s hard to be down in weather like this and I’ll try to remember that when it becomes dark, cold, windy and wet.
For food, this is the most amazing season. Root vegetables (here’s a great recipe for Vegetable Hungarian Goulash) are all around. Healthy, hearty dishes are welcome, I’m thinking about dusting off the slow cooker.
To jump-start this season of abundance, I was recently invited to pick local apples by the fantastic Belfast Food Network – check out the great work they do. It was a bright morning with heavy dew and I couldn’t believe how many apples each tree could bear. There were all kinds of heritage varieties, but we were there for the cooking apples (and a few Russets).
The apples practically fell into our boxes and our garage now has a box full of these lovelies! This morning seemed a perfect morning to begin some new recipes and here’s a couple for you to try. You might also want to check out the many benefits to health of Bramley apples.
I can’t convey the taste of this porridge – if you know someone who isn’t keen on it, they will love this one!
Healthy Apple Crumble Porridge
1 medium Bramley Apple (or cook 2 and leave half for tomorrow)
2 handfuls jumbo porridge oats (Flahavans are great and they have certified gluten free oats in the range)
1/2 can reduced fat coconut milk
1 tspn cinnamon (health benefits here)
Toasted coconut flakes to top (optional)
SECRET INGREDIENT! 1 TBSP Grapenuts Cereal (yes, they still exist). This is optional if you’re looking for gluten-free, but if not, seriously consider grabbing a pack next time you’re in the supermarket. They’re tasty, crunchy, high fibre, sugar-free and all-round delicious!
Chop the apple up, skin on and microwave for 2 mins until just cooked. Stir in the cinnamon and some sweetener (I use Sweet Freedom from Holland & Barrett but agave or maple would be fine).
In a small pot, add the oats and coconut milk and cook for 5 minutes or so until oats are just tender – you can add a little drop of extra water if needed.
Put the porridge in a bowl, top with the apples & sprinkle on some Grapenuts.
A quick juice to accompany the Porridge:
Juice a medium beetroot, 1/2 lemon and a chunk of ginger. Enjoy x
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