It’s a bit of a mouthful, I know. BUT, and that’s a big but, if you have a mouthful of this creamy, dreamy porridge I can guarantee you it will taste like heaven in your mouth. Literally. Lets just say it’s well worth the long, confusing name.
Almost Empty Peanut Butter Jar Porridge
½ cup rolled oats
¾ cup milk
1 banana, mashed*
1 tbs coconut oil
1 tsp cacao
1-2 tsps honey* (or other sweetner)
To serve (optional):
1 almost empty peanut butter jar (leave some scrapings in there)
Muesli or crumbled bliss ball
Nuts and seeds
- Mash the banana in a small bowl with a fork and put it in a saucepan on medium-heat along with the oats and milk. Combine with a wooden spoon and cook for a few minutes.
- While the porridge is cooking, combine the choc sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
- When the porridge starts bubbling around the edges it is ready (you may need to add a little more milk if it is too thick). Pour the porridge into the peanut butter jar and put the choc sauce in the saucepan to heat up. After a minute, pour the choc sauce over the porridge and top with desired garnishes.
*If you want you could only mash ¾ of the banana and chop the other ¼ to garnish on top.
You can use whatever milk you desire, and water may work too but it might not create the same creamy texture that milk does.
Cinnamon might be a nice addition to the porridge; I didn’t add it because my PB was already cinnamon spiced
**You can adjust the amount of honey according to how sweet you like it.
You can use any other type of sweetener in place of the honey, such as, mayple syrup, rice malt syrup, agave and even stevia may work
Lately the weather in Perth has been a little…well lets just say, WEIRD! I mean it’s the middle of summer, and it’s supposed to be blistering hot (I’m talking 40 degrees here), like – I cant go outside for 5 minutes without pouring down in sweat – hot! But no, the weather has all the sudden decided to go a little unpredictable on us and for the past couple of days we’ve had storms, rain, thunder, lightening and wind.
I guess I shouldn’t really be complaining because the weather has been reasonably warm (warm enough to still wear shorts and a t-shirt) so you could say its been a bit tropical. Like the weather we get up North or in Queensland and Darwin. So you could say I’m a little bit soft; I like my weather nice and toasty, and when its not (and its supposed to be) I get angry.
So what better way to warm me up (and make me feel better) than to have a nice bowl (or should I say jar) or porridge? But not just any porridge (only on rare occasions do I settle for plain old porridge) it’s ALMOST EMPTY PEANUT BUTTER JAR PORRIDGE WITH CHOC SAUCE!!! I mean how good does it get.These pictures do not do justice to how incredibly divine this porridge was. No amount of Ryan Gosling gifs could beat this.
Now, sorry to get a little bit serious on you but other than the obvious toothsome taste, this porridge has many nutritional benefits (no matter how naughty it looks, sounds and tastes) that will leave you feeling like you could run a marathon – or two!. Yep, this is one kick-ass porridge!
First of all its porridge and everyone knows how good porridge is for you:
- The oats used for making porridge have a low-GI which means they release energy into your body very slowly. This is good because it helps keep your blood sugar levels stable and keeps you fuller for longer.
- The oats also contain a wealth of vitamins and minerals including B vitamins (B1, B5, B6), vitamin E, zinc (a single porridge serving can contain up to 41% half of your daily required intake), iron, carbohydrate, calcium, magnesium and potassium to name a few.
- Porridge is packed full of protein which is an especially important molecule for athletes because it aids in the growth and repair of muscles.
- Porridge is also known to fight depression, especially in the winter months when a nice bowl of warm porridge is the best option to heat you up and boost your serotonin levels.
- It is a great balanced breakfast for endurance athletes.
- Porridge is super cheap and easy to make; you only have to add a few ingredients to a saucepan and your done.
The banana’s in this porridge not only taste good and add to the creamy texture, but they too contribute to the nutritional benefits of this meal.
- Many athletes are known to munch on a banana before or after an event because of they’re a great source of complex carbohydrates and give you a quick energy boost.
- “The riper a banana, the quicker it is digested and converted to muscle fuel.” (Australia Bananas)
- They are a low-GI food and have no fats at all.
- Bananas are full of potassium, which (because it is an electrolyte) can help retain fluid balance in your cells, which in turn prevents muscle cramping.
Before I overload you with information I just wanted to say that peanut butter is an athlete’s best friend!
- It is very satiating, meaning it keeps you fuller for longer.
- Just 2 tablespoons contain 7 grams of protein!
Now, I could go on all day about peanut butter but I’ll save that for another time. Anyway, in case you haven’t already realised this is probably my favourite porridge recipe at the moment. It is a great way to use that almost empty peanut butter jar you have sitting in your pantry and is very easy to make if you are time poor. If I haven’t convinced you to give it a go by now, then I don’t know how I will.
That’s all from me for today. So before I go I just wanted to say, remember to eat your daily porridge, kids!