I’m not the biggest fan of the cold weather, but one thing I do love about the cool, crisp mornings is the instant satisfaction at making and enjoying a bowl of porridge. The comforting sensation as the oats warm you from the inside out, filling you nicely to last through a busy morning. The fibrous oats really are a super food and are so versatile.
That is perhaps the second thing I love the most about a bowl of oats: their adaptability. Quite plain and un-exciting on their own, oats provide the perfect vehicle for any number of combination of flavours, and this Pear, Ginger and Date Porridge is a refreshing, hearty and just-sweet-enough breakfast recipe.
The bite from the grated pear compliments the softening oats as they absorb the creamy almond (or other plant-based) milk while the juicy date pieces almost dissolve into the mix. Spiced with ground ginger for a warming heat, cinnamon for sweetness and lucuma for a caramel-like softness, this bowl of oats is next-level comfort. I was lucky enough to receive an organic, plastic free and zero packaging box of fresh fruit and vegetables in which there were 3 wonky and odd shaped pears – the best kind. Crucially for grating here, the pears were still quite firm but sweet enough – just as Goldilocks would say. If you can, I would encourage locally sourced and minimally packaged pears, just so we can enjoy a warming bowl without harming our planet.
If you are a topping fan then this Pear, Ginger and Date Porridge recipe lends itself to any number of delicious items. I’ve kept mine fairly simple with a dollop of almond yoghurt, pear slices, goji berries and almond and maca butter. Granola and any other nuts and seeds would also be wonderful with these spiced oats, and avoid almond milk if you are nut-free.
Pear, Ginger and Date Porridge
1 pear, grated
½ tsp each: ground ginger, cinnamon
1 tsp lucuma, optional, I like this one
4 pitted dates, chopped
250ml almond milk
To serve: extra pear slices, almond yoghurt, almond butter, goji berries, granola
Place all the ingredients for the porridge in a small saucepan and allow to simmer over a low heat for about 5 minutes or until thick and creamy. Add a splash more milk if it’s beginning to thicken too quickly.
Pour into a bowl and top with your desired toppings and enjoy warm.
I’d love to hear your favourite porridge combinations, so please do leave a comment below. Or, if you make my recipe for Pear, Ginger and Date Porridge make sure you tag me in your creations so I can see them. I’m @nourishing.amy on Instagram and use the hashtag #nourishingamy.
With pears of love x