About This Chia Seed & Ground Turmeric Porridge Recipe
This recipe is an incredibly easy and low-effort dish, with barely any washing up.
The foundations are, of course, pretty straightforward — oats and oat milk. However, the addition of cardamom, ground mixed spice, and earthy turmeric packs a punch of flavor. And if that wasn’t enough, this porridge is full of minerals and antioxidants from the spices and oats, adorned with a fantastic array of stone fruits that offer an abundance of health benefits.
This recipe is completely vegan, too!
Porridge is a fantastic way to start the day. It boosts your metabolism and is an excellent source of slow-releasing energy that helps suppress cravings and keeps you going without depending on endless cups of coffee.
Often, porridge can be a little lackluster, so you may wonder, how great can this porridge really be?
But with a warming, aromatic base that is contrasted beautifully by the brightness of fresh stone fruit and the natural sweetness of maple syrup — mark my words, this dish will become your morning staple.
What You Need for This Chia Seed & Ground Turmeric Porridge Recipe
- Rolled Oats: Lightly processed oat groats that have been de-husked, steamed, and flattened into flakes before being lightly toasted, rolled oats have tonnes of health benefits such as promoting healthy bacteria in your gut, helping with inflammation, and soothing your skin.
- Chia Seeds: Chia seeds are rich in fiber, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids. And when used in a dish like porridge, they swell and absorb the liquid, giving you a hearty punch of flavor!
- Desiccated Coconut: Desiccated coconut not only adds fantastic texture to the porridge but is also a great source of healthy fat.
- Ground Cardamom: An extremely versatile spice that can add a touch of aromatic brightness to both sweet and savory dishes. Ground cardamom is most commonly used in Asian and Scandinavian dishes.
- Ground Mixed Spice: Not to be confused with ground allspice, ground mixed spice is usually a blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, and sometimes black pepper.
- Ground Turmeric: Turmeric is proven to improve blood circulation, increase the antioxidant capacity of the body, and even help combat depression. Apart from the health benefits, turmeric imparts a wonderful earthiness to any dish as well as vibrant color.
- Dried Sultanas: Sultanas are in fact just golden dried grapes. They are rich in fiber, potassium, and antioxidants, and add a natural sweetness to the dish.
- Oat Milk: Oat milk is great for adding some smoothness and richness to the porridge, and in this recipe, it complements the rolled oats’ toasty flavor.
- Maple Syrup: A natural sweetener, maple syrup is a great substitute for regular sugar, especially in more liquid dishes such as porridge. It also contains a fantastic amount of minerals, including calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, and manganese.
- Vanilla Bean Paste: Made from the seeds of vanilla pods, the paste is usually thickened with a natural thickener called gum tragacanth. Unlike vanilla extract, the paste offers a far more balanced flavor.
- Vegan Butter: Apart from adding flavor, vegan butter will emulsify the entire dish into one homogenous flavor-filled destination, eliminating the risk of curdling and other ingredients separating.
- Apricots: Fresh apricots are wonderfully vibrant and naturally sweet with a slightly sharp tang. They are full of antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals, and help improve eye, skin, and gut health!
- Figs: Much like apricots, figs are filled with antioxidants and can promote bone health and reduce high blood pressure. There is an interesting fact about how figs are pollinated in the wild by female wasps climbing inside the fig with pollen on her body and laying eggs. However, most commercial figs you buy at supermarkets are not grown this way. So relax, you won’t find any wasp eggs inside your store-bought figs.
- Plums: The final piece in the trinity of stone fruits in this recipe. Plums are rich in antioxidants, help reduce anxiety and blood sugar, and are just all around juicily delicious.
- Dried Banana Chips: Finally, to add that satisfying crunch to this bad boy, we add dried banana chips to marry the flavors of the other fruits and ingredients with their toasty, potassium-filled nuggets.
- Rolled Oats: You can of course use regular porridge oats or fine oatmeal if it’s all you have available. Substitute the rolled oats with the same amount as your chosen oats.
- Oat Milk: Any plant-based milk will go well with this recipe. Substitute the same amount of your oat milk with your chosen milk. Hazelnut milk would work fantastically.
- Maple Syrup: Any natural sweetener like honey or agave syrup will work in this recipe.
- Vegan Butter: If you can’t find firm vegan butter, you can of course use vegetable shortening instead! Again, substitute the vegan butter for the same amount of vegetable shortening. If you’re not hell-bent on a vegan dish, you can of course just use regular unsalted butter.
- Stone Fruit: By no means is this recipe constricted to apricots, figs, and plums. Chop up whichever fruit you fancy!
- Sultanas: If sultanas or raisins aren’t your thing, some destoned and chopped Medjool dates would work perfectly in this recipe and will add a wonderful fudginess to it.
Can I make this in the microwave?
You can make this recipe in the microwave if you cook it in short blasts of 30 seconds and stir in between. However, to really get the most out of this recipe you should let the oats and chia seeds swell slowly in a saucepan. Also, cooking this recipe in the microwave may yield a slightly more rubbery texture.
Can I scale this recipe up?
Of course! You can scale this recipe up or down. Naturally, you will have to adjust the cooking time accordingly, but there really is no limit to the batch size of this recipe.
Chia Seed & Ground Turmeric Porridge with Stone Fruit
If Goldilocks had a chance to try this porridge, she never would have gone into the Three Bear’s house. An aromatic base beautifully contrasted by the brightness of fresh stone fruit and the natural sweetness of maple syrup, this is a porridge you definitely want to try!
Yield: 2 portions
How To Make Chia Seed & Ground Turmeric Porridge Step By Step
In a large saucepan, combine the oats, chia seeds, coconut, cardamom, mixed spice, turmeric, and sultanas together.
Add the oat milk, maple syrup, vanilla bean paste, and vegan butter and place over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, slice your stone fruit into segments.
Once the porridge has thickened, pour into 2 bowls before garnishing with your stone fruit and banana chips.
- This porridge should be eaten immediately. If you make it ahead and try to reheat it, it’ll most likely be very stodgy, firm, and unpleasant.
- Remember to wash your fruit under cold water before slicing and adorning your porridge.