Porridge Recipe With Dates & Hazelnuts

This porridge recipe is perfect if you like your oatmeal porridge to be a little bit sweet but don't want to load up on sugar or artificial sweeteners. The dates melt into the oats when cooked, creating a delicious sweetness, while the nuts add a nice roasted flavour and pleasant crunch.

The quantities in this porridge recipe are for a large batch to mix up and keep in the cupboard. It makes about 700g or just over 10 cups of the mix. If you just want to mix enough for now, I have also included quantities for a single batch below. Do play around with this basic recipe. Lots of fruits and nuts work well. Another combination I like a lot is cranberry and brazil nut. Just replace the dates with the same quantity of brazils and use dried cranberries instead of dates. This porridge is more tart.

Porridge Ingredients:

400g/14oz/8½ cups of rolled oats
240g/8½oz/1½ cups of chopped dates
60g/2oz/1/3 cup roasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon (leave this out if you are not a cinnamon fan)

Method - for the mix:

Simply mix all the ingredients together and store in an airtight container or sealed bag.  

Method - How To Make Porridge

To Serve 2 (or one hungry person!)
1. Put 50g (2oz or 3/4 of a cup) of your porridge mix into a saucepan with 250mls (9fl oz or 1 cup) of water or milk.
2. Stir over a medium heat for about 2 minutes until thick.  You can add a little more liquid if it seems too thick or stir in a little milk or cream at the table.

If you don't want to make a whole bag of oatmeal porridge...

I like to make a big batch but for one serving, use 6 tablespoons of rolled oats, 1½ tablespoons of chopped dates, about half a tablespoon of chopped hazelnuts and a pinch of cinnamon. Cook the porridge following the usual method above. The same amount of liquid is fine - 250mls (9fl oz or 1 cup).

Water or Milk?

Water is traditional but for this recipe I find a little milk adds a wonderful creaminess. If you like, you can use only milk but I find this a bit too rich. A mixture of both works well. About 1 part milk to about 4 parts water is good but you don't need to be too precise about this.

Alternatively, you could use almond milk for a delicious and healthy option.

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