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Well it’s February but spring still seems so far away – it hasn’t even snowed here yet, but we’ve just had some of the worst storms and heavy rain across most of the country! So we all need as much warming, nutritious food as possible.  I don’t really believe in detoxing or overhauling your whole diet immediately after Christmas, that’s what spring is for!

But after the excesses of the festive season, it’s a good idea to add plenty of nutritious food to your diet to restore a bit of balance.   Last year I visited the Ayurveda Centre in Monkstown to get some diet and lifestyle advice, and one of Dr. Brennan’s tips was to have stewed fruit, namely stewed apples, for breakfast.  It’s a light and nutritious meal, but I’m afraid stewed apples on their own would be too light to keep me going all morning, so he suggested adding apples to my porridge.  According to Ayurveda, hot breakfasts are important during the “Kapha’ time of year, i.e. Autumn and Winter, as are spices such as cinnamon or ginger, as they warm the blood, help prevent sinus congestion and aid digestion.

With that in mind I’m sharing with you my recipe for apple and cinnamon porridge.  I use all organic ingredients, which is easy enough with this recipe as there aren’t many to use, but feel free not to.  Do use jumbo oats though, as the texture is much better.  It’s made without milk, but if you want to you can add a splash when serving, or better yet a bit of cream! Yum!

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1 cup jumbo porridge oats – I use Flahavan’s Organic Jumbo Oats

1 apple, grated, with skin on

1 cup of water

pinch / 1 tsp ground cinnamon

pinch of sea salt

1 tbsp maple syrup to serve, I like Shady Maple Farms Organic Maple Syrup from Canada but any maple syrup is good – but it MUST BE REAL MAPLE SYRUP, none of that artificial maple flavour syrup nonsense, or use natural runny honey instead if you can’t find it

Serves 2


Add all the ingredients into a small saucepan, except the syrup. Stir well, and simmer over a medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring regularly. Cook until the oats are thick and creamy and the grated apple is soft.

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Serve with the maple syrup or honey drizzled on top.  You can also add dried fruit such as dried cranberries, raisins, sultanas, or even some chopped toasted nuts such as pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts – whatever you fancy!  With the grated apple cooked into it, you really don’t miss the milk, but like I said you can add a splash at the end if you want.  This is a really tasty, comforting and nutritious version of porridge that will fill you up and keep you going all morning.  A real winter warmer!  Enjoy!