Hands up who’s been suckered in buying those little pots of instant porridge at a rediculous price?? (Sheepishly looking round to see who else has 😉)
Yes we’ve all done it, we’ve all been tricked into thinking that they must do something special to those oats to make them instant porridge, but guess what, they’re just normal oats in those pots and I’ve got the solution for you to keep those costs down and still get a healthy breakfast on the go.
Those little pots normally contain around 50g or so and they contain just plain old oats, not special oats, just oats with milk powder and sugar. One of those pots cost on average £1 depending on which one you go for, but you can buy 1kg of oats for around £1.20, that’s 20portions of porridge for 20p more than you’ll pay for 1 pot. Seems like a no brainier to me. “But I’m short on time in the morning and the pots are quick” ok, fair enough, it’s a convenience thing, I get that, just take the lid off and pour in the hot water, what could be easier? Well, not a lot, I’m not saying this is without a little effort (when I say a little, I really do mean teeny weeny anounts of effort) but it could save you a bit of money. Let’s do some maths, let’s say you’re eating pots of porridge 3times a week, 52 weeks of the year, that comes to £156 a year on porridge (eeeeek) based on that, let’s work out how much my alternative would cost. Going on prices from the Sainsburys website and sticking to my recipe (I’ll share in a minute) just a plain porridge, 55g portion would cost around 13p per portion, that’s a total of £20.28 a year, a saving of £135.72 a year!!! That’s huge!! Like I said, that is just a plain porridge, you can of course customise it however you like, don’t want to use sugar? Stick a blob of honey in, throw some dried fruit in you dry mix, there are loads of dried fruit mixes you can get to make this the best start to you’re day.
Here’s my recipe, you’ll want:
- 40g porridge oats
- 5g sugar
- 10g milk powder
Basically mix all 3 together in your desired container, this could be a plastic tub, travel mug if your on the go etc but make sure it’s big enough for you to add water to. Here is where you want to all your dried fruit etc. Pour over about 160ml of water, stir and leave to stand for 3-5 mins. Give it another stir, everyone likes they’re porridge different, 160 ml of hot water should give you a middling porridge consistency, not too thick, not too thin (yeah, alright goldilocks) if you find its too thick, add more water, if it’s too thin for your tastes, add less. There’s a bit of trial and error involved here. Now you’ll be wanting to add your honey, or golden syrup, jam, chocolate spread (my fave) etc and enjoy!!!
Rather than making it up every day you could make up a whole batch of the dry mix and use as needed, for your 1kg bag of oats add 125g of sugar and 250g of milk powder, store in an airtight container and measure out straight into your desired container ready for the morning. Give it a go and see what you think, let me know how it goes 😀 xxx