Three-grain blueberry and apricot porridge

Three-grain blueberry and apricot porridge

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Serves
2-3
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Ben Dearnley

One of the most important things at mealtimes for you and your family is variety. Oats are a wonderful food, but adding some diversity by combining different grains will ensure your breakfast porridge covers an even greater nutritional base.

You can now buy three-grain (and five-grain) porridge mixes, but feel free to make up your own blend using rolled oats, millet and barley – you might also like to try spelt or whichever other grains you can source.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
100g three-grain porridge mix
160ml milk, plus extra to serve
60g dried apricots, diced
1-2 teaspoons maple syrup, (optional; omit for baby's serve)
1 tablespoon wheatgerm
or 1 tablespoon lsa, (see note)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
125g fresh blueberries
2 apricots, quartered and stones removed

Method

  1. Place the porridge mix in a saucepan with the milk and 190 ml water. Cook over medium heat, stirring, for 10 minutes. Stir through the dried apricot and cook for a further 1 minute, or until the porridge has reached the desired consistency – you can add a little more liquid if required.
  2. Stir through the maple syrup (if using). Add the wheatgerm, cinnamon and half of the blueberries and stir through. Divide the porridge among serving bowls and top with the remaining blueberries and fresh apricots. Serve with a little milk, if liked.

Tip

  • Dried apricots are a good source of beta-carotene and iron. If you want a preservative-free option, look for a brand with no added sulphites. Sulphites have been associated with a range of food intolerance symptoms and can particularly affect asthmatics.

Baby’s serve

  • For a younger baby, blend until smooth. For an older baby, keep the puréed consistency lumpier – or don’t purée at all – so that he experiences more texture.

Toddler’s serve

  • Serve as is.

LSA

  • Made up of ground linseeds, sunflower seeds and almonds, LSA is high in essential fats and other nutrients. It is best not to cook LSA as heat destroys the omega-3 fats. Instead, add to meals at the last minute or sprinkle on top before serving.
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