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    • abibee
    • By abibee 18th Oct 17, 7:42 PM
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    Doing porridge, frugally
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    • 18th Oct 17, 7:42 PM
    Doing porridge, frugally 18th Oct 17 at 7:42 PM
    Does anyone have ideas to jazz up porridge? I'm trying to eat more frugally, and porridge is really easy on the pocket and good for the body. But, I find it really bland on it's own. I've tried porridge with sliced banana which is lovely, but gets boring. There must be loads of inexpensive toppings/mixes for it?

    I've googled, and all I see is super fancy (read expensive) pretentious ideas that nobody would ever do for real.
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    • dingdongsaving
    • By dingdongsaving 19th Oct 17, 7:40 PM
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    All of my usual favourites are listed above...but I also love nutmeg and a squirt of golden syrup...it tastes exactly like rice pudding and makes an excellent pudding or supper when you've had a big lunch.
    • YORKSHIRELASS
    • By YORKSHIRELASS 19th Oct 17, 9:11 PM
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    I've had to train myself to leave it to cool, I kept scalding my mouth, and setting my teeth on edge.
    Originally posted by jack_pott
    Ha! Very true. I am amazed at the brilliant ideas people have for jazzing up porridge (lots of new ideas to try). Think I need to start taking a bit more interest in my breakfast.

    I am currently experimenting with porridge in my food flask for work. First couple of times it set like concrete so I am working on the right consistency.
    • FrugalWeirdo83
    • By FrugalWeirdo83 20th Oct 17, 5:36 AM
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    Overnight oats are quite nice. I just add a bit of milk and natural yoghurt, honey and a handful of frozen berries and stick it in the fridge until morning
    • freyasmum
    • By freyasmum 20th Oct 17, 9:50 AM
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    We do love overnight oats in summer - I use the total 0% fat Greek yogurt and some berries - or stewed cinnamon apples (though I'm lazy and use frozen apples to make my stewed apples!).

    This morning though, inspired by this thread and instead of our usual bacon sarnies/cereal/lamb and egg treat, we had porridge.

    I used 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1 cup boiling water, 1 pinch salt and a sprinkle of sweetener (diet). I left it to sit for 1 minute and then microwaved it for 1 minute. Another little sprinkle of sweetener and a glut of milk and I was set up for the day!
    • southantrim3
    • By southantrim3 20th Oct 17, 12:58 PM
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    I love my porridge in the morning.
    Make it on the hob. Put a pinch of salt in it first of all and shake it around, then add the semi skimmed milk (no water) and leave it on a med heat (level 4/5) until it starts to bubble, and that's it. Straight forward and simple . Fancy the idea of peanut butter to jazz it up...
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    • WeegieWumman
    • By WeegieWumman 11th Aug 18, 11:52 AM
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    Lemon Curd
    Ice Cream sauces
    Pear & Ginger
    Vanilla Essence
    tinned Mandarin Oranges
    Grated Nutmeg
    Flavoured Yogurt
    Any mixture of Berries and/or Fruit
    Top with a little Mincemeat

    Just look in your fridge or food cupboard and you'll probably find leftovers etc. that you can use while being frugal.
    Last edited by WeegieWumman; 11-08-2018 at 12:03 PM. Reason: Tapped SEND too early
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 11th Aug 18, 12:27 PM
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    Why eat porridge if you don't like it on its own. Adding other stuff might make it a more expensive choice than nicer things to eat.

    Beans on toast is 12p ... and tasty/filling, loads of fibre and one of a 5 a day.

    Adding a 12p banana to your porridge to make it palatable makes it pricier than beans on toast if you look at it that way.
    • jackrabbit123
    • By jackrabbit123 12th Aug 18, 7:13 AM
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    Peanut butter is my favourite porridge topping
    Originally posted by FrugalAndFabulous
    This I must try, I love anything nutty!


    I've found recently porridge has gone up in price?


    I love overnight porridge au natural , I just re heat it in the morning, yum! It's the kids favourite breakfast!
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 12th Aug 18, 9:15 AM
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    Why eat porridge if you don't like it on its own. Adding other stuff might make it a more expensive choice than nicer things to eat.

    Beans on toast is 12p ... and tasty/filling, loads of fibre and one of a 5 a day.

    Adding a 12p banana to your porridge to make it palatable makes it pricier than beans on toast if you look at it that way.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    I like porridge on it's own.
    I like porridge with stuff added - be it various fruit or different jams/curds/conserve and/or nuts.



    I would be bored to death with breakfast if I had the same thing.
    And a 12p banana isn't going to break my budget.
    • marmiterulesok
    • By marmiterulesok 12th Aug 18, 3:13 PM
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    I love eating porridge made with water,then I cook it,add cold milk at the end and a teaspoon of golden syrup.I also sprinkle some cinnamon on it as I'm cooking it.Delicious.
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    • angela110660
    • By angela110660 12th Aug 18, 3:20 PM
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    Some great ideas for toppings everyone. Thanks. I soak my oats overnight either in water or almond milk and then microwave for 2 mins next morning. I usually slice a banana in and stir or use a teaspoon of choc spread mixed in or some maple syrup. I eat porridge nearly every day of the year- heck I even ate it on a cruise!! It is such a good filling start tot the day.
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    • marmiterulesok
    • By marmiterulesok 12th Aug 18, 3:33 PM
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    Some great ideas for toppings everyone. Thanks. I soak my oats overnight either in water or almond milk and then microwave for 2 mins next morning. I usually slice a banana in and stir or use a teaspoon of choc spread mixed in or some maple syrup. I eat porridge nearly every day of the year- heck I even ate it on a cruise!! It is such a good filling start tot the day.
    Originally posted by angela110660
    I like to soak them too.I usually have it for my supper.
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    • marmiterulesok
    • By marmiterulesok 12th Aug 18, 3:36 PM
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    Overnight oats are quite nice. I just add a bit of milk and natural yoghurt, honey and a handful of frozen berries and stick it in the fridge until morning
    Originally posted by FrugalWeirdo83
    Overnight oats are great.
    My version:

    -natural yogurt
    -porridge oats
    -a sprinkling of wheatgerm
    -a few tsp of ground almonds or dessicated coconut
    -some dried fruit
    -overnight in the fridge then stir in some honey before eating.
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