Spiced blueberry porridge

07 July 2014

A few weeks ago, disaster struck. I was out of cocoa powder. I couldn't have my favourite everyday breakfast. After a brief period of denial, anger and depression (I skipped the bargaining stage), I accepted that there was no cocoa to be had. I therefore set about finding a way of making chocolate-free but nevertheless tasty porridge, and hit upon spiced blueberry porridge.

Spiced blueberry porridge

Serves: 1


  • 1 large overripe banana, or 1.5 small ones
  • 1/8 teaspoon mixed spice (two shakes)
  • 1/16 teaspoon ground cardamom (one shake)
  • Generous pinch shredded coconut (about 1 tablespoon)
  • Scant 1/3 cup rolled oats (you may want more if you have a large appetite in the morning)
  • 1 cup soymilk, or to desired consistency
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Small handful of blueberries to top

  1. Mash the banana.
  2. Mix in the spices, coconut and oats.
  3. Mix in soymilk.
  4. Cover with a plate, and microwave for 1 minute, then wander off and do something, turn on the computer, check blog feeds, get dressed or whatever, for about 3-5 minutes.
  5. Mix thoroughly, then return to microwave, and repeat step 4.
  6. Stir in vanilla
  7. Top with blueberries. You may wish to return to microwave for a further 30 seconds, or just stir through and let the heat from the porridge melt them.

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