Mango, Banana and Coconut Porridge

Monday, 2 May 2016
Mango, Banana and Coconut Porridge

It was really only a matter of time before another porridge recipe popped up on here. In fact, I'm surprised it's taken me this long. I eat porridge for breakfast almost every single morning so I'm always coming up with new flavour combinations to stop myself becoming bored because, let's face it, eating the same bowl of oats every single morning would probably drive you mad. This mango, banana and coconut combo is one of my absolute favourites at the moment because it feels so summery. I live in Scotland where it's still freezing cold outside so I love having a big warming bowl of oats in the morning, but the tropical flavours in this one make it feel like summer, even though it definitely still feels like winter. 

I've also started soaking my oats overnight before I make my porridge. The main reason for this is because I've started buying jumbo oats, which just make the porridge so much yummier, but I found that without being soaked overnight they took much longer to cook and didn't become quite as soft. Soaking them overnight makes your porridge easier to digest and cook, so it's worth giving it a try. I always leave a mug sitting out on my worktop so I remember to pop the oats into it with some water before going to bed. 

Mango, Banana and Coconut Porridge

You will need (serves 1): 
1/2 cup oats  
1/2 cup water 
1/2 cup coconut milk/drink* 
1 tablespoon desiccated coconut 
1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds 
1 banana, chopped into slices
a handful mango chunks

*When I say coconut milk here I mean the kind you get in a carton that you'd use for cereal or drinking, not the type that comes in a can and is usually used for curries and cooking. 

- Soak your oats overnight in the 1/2 cup of water (this part is optional - if you don't soak your oats simply add the water with the rest of the ingredients using the method below). 
- Add all the ingredients, leaving aside half of the banana slices and some mango, to a pot and mix well.
- Cook over a low heat for 5-6 minutes, stirring regularly, until thickened. If the porridge starts to become too thick then just add a little more water until it's the perfect consistency for you. I find that if I soak my oats overnight I always need to add extra water while it's cooking. 
- Serve with the remaining banana slices, some coconut and a sprinkle of desiccated coconut.

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Mango, Banana and Coconut Porridge

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