One of the things I love about porridge, is how versatile it can be. To me, it is a blank canvas, which inspires me to think about what colours and flavours I can splash onto it each time I create it.
There is nothing like a warm bowl of porridge in the morning, however, we do enjoy it as a simple supper on occasion, too.
Today, I combined it with some diced juicy ripe mango, dried goji berries, pecan nut pieces, a sprinkle of black sesame seeds, hemp seeds and linseeds and a tiny drizzle of maple syrup. Divine!
Mango Porridge With Goji Berries, Pecans & Black Sesame Seeds
Serves 1 (double as required)
1/3 of a cup small leaf porridge oats*
2/3 of a cup plant based milk
A tiny pinch of salt
1/2 a fresh ripe mango
1tsp dried goji berries
3-4 pecan nuts, crumbled
1/2tsp black sesame seeds
1tsp hemp seeds
A tiny drizzle of maple syrup
🌼 Place the oats, pinch of salt and milk in a small saucepan and cook over low-medium heat, stirring continuously, until oats are soft and milk is absorbed, creating a creamy consistency. With small leaf oats, this takes 3-4 minutes. Pour into a bowl.
🌼 Peal and dice the mango and place on top of the porridge, then sprinkle the goji berries, the pecan nuts and all the different seeds over the mango. Finally, drizzle with the maple syrup and enjoy.
* You can use any type of oats you like, but you may need to cook the porridge for longer if using jumbo or steel cut oats. You can also use buckwheat, quinoa, or any other grain you prefer.
Goji berries, otherwise known as wolfberries, are little nutritional power gems. Fat free, low in calories and ultra rich in antioxidants. They help fight disease, they aid digestion, they increase energy levels, athletic performance, quality of sleep and ability to focus and they significantly reduce fatigue, stress and depression. Very high in vitamins A, C, B2, rich in selenium, potassium, iron and calcium, containing 18 amino acids of which 11 are essential and a great source of unsaturated fatty acids and phytochemicals. They truly are a superfood!
As for black sesame seeds, they are also a very powerful health food. High in dietary fibre, magnesium, iron, B6 vitamin and very high in calcium. They are proven to have anti-ageing properties, decrease the risk of cancer, aid constipation and indigestion, stabilise blood pressure and strengthen bones.
Mangoes are my favourite fruit. I could eat them every day in every possible way and never tire of them. Apart from their sweetness and tropical flavour, mangoes deliver over 20 different minerals and vitamins, making them one of the healthiest fruits to eat!
Because they are so sweet and succulent, they can satisfy sweet cravings, replacing unhealthy processed foods.