Grandpa Storey’s Porridge

  • Carali McCall

Created by Carali McCall.

This is an athlete’s top choice for a delicious, nutritious meal to start the day – or anytime of day! This porridge recipe is inspired by my grandfather who has porridge every morning religiously. He is a healthy 90 year old, and the doctor’s say he has a heart of a 30year old. All be to the porridge – he’d say!

Prep time ~ 5 minutes. Cooking time ~30 minutes. 1 tablespoon butter .  1/2 cup rolled or cut oats (not quick oats). 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. 1/2 teaspoon salt (we use kosher salt). 1 cup milk (partly skim or whole). 2 tablespoons dark brown or golden brown sugar . 2 tablespoons skim milk powder. 2 tablespoons dried cranberries (or any other dried fruit), finely chopped.1 apple firm, ripe, skin on, cored and chopped. Green, red or yellow apples all work well.

Set up a double boiler with enough water to run for at least 40 min. Melt butter in the double boiler. Add the oats, giving it a couple of stirs to coat evenly. Add the cinnamon, salt, milk, brown sugar and skim milk powder and mix well. Once mixed, add the chopped cranberries and apple and stir until evenly incorporated.
Cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally if you can. If you can’t, don’t worry about it as it is almost foolproof. Just give it a few good stirs at the end.
Now go have your shower or pour your coffee or tea and enjoy the morning sunshine. When done, the Porridge should be thick, yet smooth and loose enough not to clump. Give it a taste test to see if the oats have the firmness you want. Pour into bowls and serve. Dark brown or golden brown sugar and milk or cream can be placed on the side along with a cinnamon shaker to add and stir in as desired. Enjoy!
Additional Tips
If time is short, you can skip melting the butter and just add it with the apple and it will take care of itself. This recipe is also very easy to make ahead. Simply take sandwich bags and put all of the ingredients except for the liquid milk, butter and apple into them. We make multiple bags at one time and then put a label on them showing you need to add 1 T butter, 1 cup milk and 1 chopped apple. This allows us to instantly make large or small batches in no time at all. The bags also make an appreciated gift. Dried blueberries, cherries or apricots work well too but they should be added about half way through otherwise they get a bit soft.