Last updated on September 8th, 2019 at 01:36 pm
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A warming bowl of oats that are bursting with orange and a hint of cinnamon and ginger are just what you need on a cold day like this. This Spiced Orange Porridge is the perfect winter breakfast that is sweetened with Hermesetas SteviaSweet for a lower calorie sweet breakfast.
Well, I don’t need to tell you how cold and snowy it is. Either you have been obsessively checking your weather app, seen the millions of snow pictures on social media or, ya know, just did the old fashioned thing and looked out your window! This is totally porridge weather and if a bowl of this Spiced Orange Porridge doesn’t warm you up, then I don’t know what will.
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When we moved further north and in to a hilly area, we knew we would get more snow when it came to winter, but we weren’t quite expecting this. Sorry if you are all bored of the snow talk, but I’m British and weather is kind of a big deal to us! It just hasn’t stopped snowing for 48 hours and it doesn’t look like it is going to stop any time soon. It looks beautiful, but having to go out in -7 with unsuitable footwear (I need new boots), is no fun!
What makes the whole “snow-mageddon” thing a bit more bearable is knowing you have a hearty and warming breakfast to look forward to. We just can’t get enough of oats in this weather, and Avery loves them too. I think she loves squishing it between her fingers the most, but that’s not the point. The orange in this makes it feel a bit summery, but the winter spices makes you think of Christmas, so it’s the best of both worlds really. Plus that extra vitamin C is a bonus if you are anything like us and seem to have picked up every bug going.
During this crazy cold weather, we have a tendency to just eat, eat and eat some more. Whilst there is nothing wrong with a few extra calories to see you through the cold snap, we are trying to make some lower calorie swaps where we can, to make up for all the added comfort food. That’s why we have been adding Hermesetas SteviaSweet Crystal to our porridge, as well as baking with it and putting it in our tea and coffee.
Sugar reduction is a hot topic and at the forefront of most people’s minds. It dominates the UK nutrition agenda, with the sugar tax introduction, Government reduction targets for food and drink companies and huge public awareness campaigns encouraging people to make sugar swaps for healthy options and a growing number of people are also adopting sugar-free diets. Whilst we aren’t telling you to go sugar-free (everything in moderation), making some sugar swaps can be a good thing. Did you know that a teenager’s sugar intake is triple the recommended limit?! Why not make a sugar swap in your family routine?
Detailed in a new report, Sugar Switching: Sorting Fact From Fiction, the science shows that switching to low calorie sweeteners, like Hermesetas, not only provides people with a lower sugar diet option, but they also have an important role in relation to promoting weight management, good dental health and optimal blood sugar control. Using Hermesetas instead of sugar in hot drinks could save 26,000 kcal over a year!
Hermesetas SteviaSweet has a natural low-calorie sweetness using an ingredient made from the Stevia plant from South America. It is heat-stable and great testing, meaning it makes a great alternative for every day use. It’s 100% made from natural sources, crunchy like sugar and with zero calories. It is twice as sweet as sugar, so you don’t use it the same way. 1 cup of sugar = 1/2 cup SteviaSweet Crystal or 100g sugar = 50g SteviaSweet Crystal.
A bowl of this Spiced Orange Porridge has plenty of natural sweetness from the SteviaSweet Crystal and the orange, so it’s the perfect breakfast for those of you with a sweet tooth. Dave sprinkled a couple of dark chocolate chips on top of his too and said it was a nice addition. Who doesn’t like chocolate orange?!
One of the many things I love about porridge is how creative you can get with the toppings. We added some orange slices, raisins and sunflower seeds, but feel free to throw on any kind of nuts and fruit you have that needs using up. Do something different every time and it will feel like having a new breakfast every time.
Spiced Orange Porridge
- 80 g Oats (I use rolled oats)
- 250 ml Milk (we used cashew)
- 1 tsp SteviaSweet Crystal
- 100 ml Orange juice
- 1 Orange (zest only)
- 0.5 tsp Ground cinnamon
- 0.5 tsp Ground ginger
- 0.5 tsp Vanilla extract
- Raisins, orange slices and sunflower seeds to serve (optional)
- Firstly, put the oats, milk, orange juice and zest, SteviaSweet, vanilla and spices in a pan and bring to the boil. Simmer for around 5 minutes, until starting to thicken.
- Divide the porridge between two bowls.
- Finally, divide the raisins, orange slices and sunflower seeds between bowls and serve.
Try some of our other porridge recipes, such as our Pumpkin Porridge.
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