Porridge jars are quick, healthy, versatile clean food on the go, and on the cheap.
What you do is half-fill an empty jam jar with uncooked porridge oats plus your choice of nuts, seeds, spices and a pinch of salt or sugar. Top it with non-dairy milk and pop in the fridge overnight. In the morning use it as a cold topping for fresh fruit or yogurt, heat it, or eat it straight out of the jar. Or toss it in your bag for elevenses, or a pre- or post-yoga snack.
It is great nutrition – you get complex carbohydrates and soluble fibre from the porridge oats; protein, minerals and healthy fat from the nuts; vitamins and fibre from the dried fruit; and protein and vitamins from the non-dairy milk. Adding a pinch of salt and/or sugar boosts the electrolytes. Made at home it costs a fraction of the price of an energy bar or drink. Plus it is vegetarian, vegan, and – if made with gluten free oats – gluten free.
This is one of my favourite flavour combinations:
Apple-cinnamon & peanut butter porridge jar
30g rolled porridge oats
small handful each pumpkin seeds and walnut pieces
1tbsp peanut butter
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch cloves or nutmeg (optional)
pinch sea salt
60ml unsweetened soya milk
Put all ingredients in a clean jam jar. Shake well. Refrigerate overnight. Enjoy
Share your flavour ideas in the comments!