Breakfast HELPINGS

Simple and Quick Porridge

The simplest porridge recipe in the world - and a few fun ways to mix it up adding alternative flavours. Buckwheat and oats are great for digestion, which requires fibre to function properly. 

There are literally a million ways to spice up a basic porridge and I'm curious - which one is your favourite?

Preparation time: 10 minutes | Helpings: 1


150 ml/75g buckwheat flakes/oats
400 ml water
1/3 tsp ground cardamom or two cardamom pods
½ tsp ground cinnamon
3 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp ghee or coconut oil
1 apple
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds


  1. Place the buckwheat flakes/oats in a pot with 300 ml water and let draw preferably over night or at least for 5 minutes (use boiled water if you do this in the morning without the soaking)
  2. Peel and core the apple, cut it in thin slices of your preference – the smaller, the easier to eat with a spoon
  3. Add 100 ml of hot water, the cardamom (pods) and bring the mix to a boil. Cook for 30 seconds over medium heat while stirring with a spoon
  4. Add cinnamon, maple syrup, ghee/coconut oil, the apple slices and pumpkin seeds

Alternative 1: Serve with fresh papaya, pomegranate seeds or nectarines
Alternative 2: Cook the porridge with 0.25 tsp nutmeg and a peeled and chopped apple. Sweeten with maple syrup
Alternative 3: Do not add spice to the porridge, but serve with almond milk and fresh berries – e.g. blueberries, strawberries and raspberries are ideal

Stephanie is the founder of Helpings and the creator of all content on the platform. Watch her TEDx talk, 'Holy Shit', about digestion on YouTube, organized at King's Collage London in 2016. Stephanie is currently building her second business, a chocolate brand called kAAKAO, and she shares her experience by means of inspiring other entrepreneurs to excel in business and in life.

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