Perfect Porridge

How to make perfect porridge and which oats to choose from is a personal choice. Here I explain the difference and show you how to make perfect porridge from either oats, oatmeal or pinhead oats.

How to make perfect porridge and which oats to choose from is a personal choice. Here I explain the difference and show you how to make perfect porridge from either oats, oatmeal or pinhead oats. Whatever your preference you can’t deny the fantastic health benefits of this versatile cereal.

Whatever your preference you can’t deny the fantastic health benefits of this versatile cereal.

I’d eat a bowl of porridge for every meal, if I could. I love it that much!

A bowl of this fantastic cereal every morning fits into your active 80/20 lifestyle because oats are pretty cheap, versatile and make a great quick healthy and easily prepared meal.

Plus, oats are typically low in fat, contain fibre and mostly have a low glycaemic index (GI).

Oats are just the thing for excellent source of slow release energy, which will keep you going throughout the day.

So, in summary oats are THE perfect start to the day.

Porridge Oats

How to make perfect porridge and which oats to choose from is a personal choice. Here I explain the difference and show you how to make perfect porridge from either oats, oatmeal or pinhead oats. Whatever your preference you can’t deny the fantastic health benefits of this versatile cereal.

Porridge oats, often known as instant oats or quick oats are the easiest and quickest to cook.

These are generally rolled oats, which means they have already been partially steamed, flattened, pre-cooked then dehydrated during the milling process so they won’t take long to re-cook.

As these oats have been pre-cooked they’re often softer and finer giving a creamy texture and taste.

Make these breakfast oats by cooking them for as little as 3 minutes in the microwave or 4 – 5 minutes in a saucepan. (See recipe card below)

Being able to microwave these at work makes them ideal for me as a quick meal after an early morning gym visit!

Perfect Porridge Nutrition Label

Perfect Porridge Nutrition Label (Above)

Pinhead Oats

How to make perfect porridge and which oats to choose from is a personal choice. Here I explain the difference and show you how to make perfect porridge from either oats, oatmeal or pinhead oats. Whatever your preference you can’t deny the fantastic health benefits of this versatile cereal.

Pinhead (traditional Scottish or Irish oats) or steel-cut oats as they are also known as in the U.S. take the longest to cook.

Pinhead oats are the least processed variety; they are simply the whole groats cut into slightly smaller pieces.

The texture of these oats can be described as somewhat “nutty” and being the roughest of all oats they do have a “chewy” bite to them and never quick achieve a creamy consistency.

Nevertheless these are the least processed oats.

To cook them, I soak mine overnight in milk then gently cook them in a saucepan for 20 -30 minutes. I generally enjoy these at the weekend. (See recipe card below)

Perfect Porridge with Pinhead Oats Nutrition Label

Pinhead Oats Nutrition Label (Above)

Oatmeal

How to make perfect porridge and which oats to choose from is a personal choice. Here I explain the difference and show you how to make perfect porridge from either oats, oatmeal or pinhead oats. Whatever your preference you can’t deny the fantastic health benefits of this versatile cereal.

Oatmeal is available in coarse, medium or fine varieties. The variety I prefer to use is fine oatmeal.

Oatmeal is made by stone grinding Pinhead oatmeal.

I find the texture of oatmeal provides for a satisfying thick and tasty bowl of deliciousness. This by far is my most favourite type of oat!

Similar to oats, oatmeal takes as little as 3 minutes in the microwave or 4–5 minutes in a saucepan. The difference being l find that less milk is required. (See recipe card below)

Perfect Porridge with Oatmeal Nutrition Label

Oatmeal Nutrition Label (Above)

 

How to make perfect porridge and which oats to choose from is a personal choice. Here I explain the difference and show you how to make perfect porridge from either oats, oatmeal or pinhead oats. Whatever your preference you can’t deny the fantastic health benefits of this versatile cereal.
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Perfect Porridge
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
How to make perfect porridge from either porridge oats, oatmeal or pinhead oats.
Course: Breakfast
Servings: 1
Author: neil@neilshealthymeals.com
Ingredients
Porridge Oats
  • 30 g / 1/3 cup porridge oats / instant oats / quick oats
  • 200 ml / 1 cup skimmed milk
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds optional
Pinhead Oats
  • 50 g / ¼ cup pinhead / steel-cut oats
  • 200 ml / 1 cup skimmed milk
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds optional
Oatmeal
  • 30 g / 1/3 cup porridge oats
  • 150 ml / 2/3 cup skimmed milk
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds optional
Instructions
Porridge Oats
  1. Stove – place the oats, skimmed milk and flax seeds into a saucepan and gently simmer, stirring constantly for 4 – 5 minutes until the porridge is cooked to a creamy consistency.
  2. Microwave – place the oats, skimmed milk and flax seeds into a tall bowl and microwave for 3 minutes, uncovered stopping after each 1 minute interval to stir the porridge.
Pinhead Oats
  1. Soak the oats in the milk overnight in the refrigerator
  2. In the morning place the soaked oats, skimmed milk and flax seeds into a saucepan and gently simmer, stirring constantly for 20–30 minutes until the porridge is cooked/softened.
Oatmeal
  1. Stove – place the oats, skimmed milk and flax seeds into a saucepan and gently simmer, stirring constantly for 4–5 minutes until the porridge is cooked to a creamy consistency.
  2. Microwave – place the oats, skimmed milk and flax seeds into a tall bowl and microwave for 3 minutes, uncovered stopping after each 1 minute interval to stir the porridge.
Recipe Notes

If the Pinhead / Steel-cut oats are not soaked overnight they will take 30–45 minutes to cook.

The Porridge Oats / Oatmeal can also be soaked overnight to provide an even creamier consistency.

How to make perfect porridge and which oats to choose from is a personal choice. Here I explain the difference and show you how to make perfect porridge from either oats, oatmeal or pinhead oats. Whatever your preference you can’t deny the fantastic health benefits of this versatile cereal.

After cooking your chosen oats all that remains is to place them into a serving bowl, add your preferred toppings and enjoy!

The toppings I used in the recipes above were :-

Porridge Oats – chopped strawberries, blueberries, chopped nuts and a little Greek yogurt

Pinhead Oats – sliced banana, chopped nuts, flaxseeds and honey

Oatmeal – sultanas, pumpkin seeds and flax seeds

What are your favourite toppings? Feel free to share those in the comments below!

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