I am going to be really honest with you, I like porridge. But I definitely have never been this person dying for porridge. It was good but never wow. Until. Until I discovered this and (not exaggerated) it changed my whole breakfast game.
Creamy, fresh deliciousness at its finest. You are getting all the tropical vibes you need to get through till summer and all the energy + tastiness you need to start into your day. Why is this porridge SO MUCH BETTER than all the other ones you tried before? The coconut flakes in it make it a lot lot better, plus, now comes the game changing part, the citrus juice. Orange and Lemon juice respectively. I do not know why but I know hooow big and good of a change it is.
What is special about this dish?
As already mentioned, it is not your average porridge cooked in milk and water (life really is too short to be eating average food tbh). It does not taste like plain pulp but it actually is good. Instead of only using water and milk to cook it, we are adding the juice of an orange and a lemon. Sounds like a small change but makes a huge difference. It somehow brings out the flavours a lot more, makes it fresher and more delicious.
That is it as far as our base goes but a porridge never really is a porridge without its toppings. And here we cannot be average either. So. What we are doing is sweet, maple caramelised oranges. No, this is not too many oranges but this is really, really good!
Is this dish healthy?
Yep, yep, yep. Actually citrus fruits are super healthy and beneficial for you, especially in winter. Their high content of Vitamin C helps strengthen your immune system and prevents you from getting sick or getting a cold. So they are good for you. Also, in German we say „sauer macht glücklich“, which means „sour makes happy“, so lemons are supposed to make you happy. Apparently this is being said because lemons, which are sour, have a positive impact and are good for our gut. And our gut has a tremendous impact on our emotional state of being. Therefore, sour makes happy. So, the citrus fruits in here do not only make you healthy, but also happy.
Besides our citrus star, we have got some more health nerds. The oats for example. basically a bomb of carbohydrates, fibre, vitamins and minerals. One of the oldest and still most nutrient-dense foods. They are just incredible to have in the morning because they will fill you up, keep you full and give you all the energy you need!
How to make this dish?
Easy peasy lemon squeezy. But for real, it is. It comes down to simmering the oats, coconut shreds and chia seeds with water, plant based milk and lemon + orange juice. Next we cut up the oranges into slices and caramelise them. You can either carefully filet them, so there are no white skins (which is a bunch of work – for the tutorial you can check my insta highlights) or just cut them regularly. We heat up the maple syrup in a pan and fry them in there on both sides till golden, brown, and caramelised.
Now we only need to finish everything up. To make it even creamier and coconutier (this very likely is not a word – although it would be really cool if it was), we are adding in a dollop of creamy, canned coconut milk. Then we serve it all up in a bowl, add some more plant based milk and that is it. Your breakfast game will bee changed forever.
How & when to best have it?
The Great thing about this dish is that it is perfect for mealprep. The base can be cooked and stored in the fridge for several days. When you want to enjoy it, you can either heat it up in the microwave or on the stove with a bit more plant based milk. As for the oranges, I would recommend to caramelise them freshly but what you can do beforehand is to cut them up and store in the fridge.
I personally love this as a breakfast but also a brunch or lunch would be perfect. And, not to forget, it actually is a really good dessert. Just as coconut mango rice but with oats and oranges. So very different actually, except for the coconut, but you get the concept right?
I hope you’ll enjoy this as much as I do (and I really do enjoy it) and make this on repeat until we really have those tropical vibes outside that we have on the inside when eating this bowl. Have a wonderful and delicious day!
(The best) Coconut Citrus Porridge w/ Caramelised Oranges
This is at least 10x better than your average porridge! Fresh, tropical and citrusy vibes in a warm, creamy and comforting bowl of coconut oats topped of with perfectly craamelized oranges. It is called heaven on earth.
What you will need
- 100 g rolled oats fine rolled oats work best here
- 4 tbsp coconut shreds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
- 100 ml water
- 150 ml (plant based) milk
- 1 heaped tbsp coconut milk from the can
- 1/2 lemon
- 1 orange
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- a pinch salt
To a pot add the oats, coconut shreds, chia seeds, plant based milk, a pinch of salt and water. Heat it up and let simmer on medium heat stirring constantly until thickened.
In the meantime sliceup the orange into wedges. If tehre is some juice running out and remaining on the cutting board, add it to the porridge. Zest the lemon and add this zest along with the juice of half of the lemon to the porridge.
Add the maple syrup to a pan and heat it up. ONce it is bubbling, add the orange wedges and let them fry for about 2-3 minute son each side until golden brown.
Before serving, stir the coconut milk into the porridge. Then divide onto the bowls, top with the oranges, more shredded coconut and also a splash of plant based milk.
Serve and enjoy!
Katie // Une Petite Cuisinière