Today I’m making a Spiced Cranberry-Orange Maple Porridge. I love a warm bowl of porridge. It’s comforting and makes me feel happily full and ready to conquer the day. The combination of cranberry and orange makes for a bright, tangy and vibrant oatmeal. It’s full of Vitamin C, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties. Maple syrup is added for sweetness, warmth, and richness. It helps binds all the wonderful seasonal flavors together. I add spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and ground clove for some extra heat and depth of flavor. The spices help elevate the flavors and make for a rich, comforting, and delicious breakfast.
To make the porridge is quite simple. It takes all but 15 minutes. It begins with some almond milk, I like to steep with the spices, orange peel, and the cranberries to help give them a kick start on cooking. I add the oats, maple syrup and salt once the liquid has boiled and cook it until the oats have absorbed the milk and are cooked through. The cooking time depends on how you like your oats: mushy or firm. If you like mushier oats, I would add a little more liquid. You can add liquid as you go, if you notice that the oats have absorbed most of the liquid and you want to continue to cook them, just add more milk or water. You could also use water instead of milk, or use whatever milk or nut milk you like! Using milk makes for a creamier and richer oats. As I always say, this recipe is versatile. Swap ingredients as you desire. You could use brown sugar, agave, or honey to sweeten or add in some apple or whatever fruit you have around. Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! Enjoy! —Fried Parsley
orange (juice and peel)
ground clove (a little less than 1/8 teaspoon)
ground ginger (a little less than 1/8 teaspoon)
freshly grated nutmeg
whole grain old-fashioned rolled oats (gluten free for a gluten-free recipe)
In a sauce pan, place the almond milk, cranberries, and peel of 1/2 an orange and the juice of a whole orange, and bring to a boil.
Add the oats, chia seeds, maple syrup, and salt and reduce the heat to low. Cook the oats, stirring occasionally, for about 10-15 minutes until most of the liquid is absorbed and the oats are cooked through (time will depend on the consistency you like and the cooking instructions). Add more milk or water as needed.
Remove the orange peel and pour the oats into a bowl and top with anything you like. I like mine with sliced almonds. Enjoy!