It’s here…at long last! Shorter days, the end of daylights savings heralding crisp evening air, crunchy leaves, that clear soft Autumn light and dewy mornings with the unfamiliar chill through our creaky old farmhouse. Little feet pattering about in the morning now need slippers on, cardigans are being shrugged on and firewood stacked in preparation for the cold months ahead.
On these cold mornings my girls need something warm in those tums to start their day, breakfast has turned from Summery fruits of mango and berries to Autumn gems of the golden delicious and nashi variety. This porridge I can make in my sleep – and just as well because I often am half-asleep of a morning throwing it all together in my Thermomix! The perfect amount of fruit, oats and the sweetness of the dates, a drizzle of honey and a hot cup of tea…Autumn, I like you.
Apple, Date and Almond Meal Porridge
6-8 pitted dates
1 apple, cored and quartered
50g rolled oats
20g almond meal
1 tsp cinnamon
In the Thermomix bowl, cover the dates with boiling water. Let stand for 5 minutes to soften the dates, drain water away (don’t worry if there’s a bit of water still left) and leave dates in bowl. Add apple, chop on speed 7 for 3 seconds, scrape down the bowl. Add the milk, oats, almond meal and cinnamon. Cook at 90 degrees for 15 minutes, on speed 1-2 on the reverse speed setting. Top with honey and slivered almonds to serve.
Don’t have a Thermie? No worries, just grate the apple and chop the dates up and you could do this on the stove stirring for 15 minutes over medium to high heat. Same thing! Just without the $2000 price tag (shush husband…)
Eleanor and Harriet inhale this (as do I!) They are a bit cute sitting up having breakfast together in their side by side highchairs of a morning with their Bunnykins or Love Mae bamboo bowls, bless their little cotton socks. I have also added dried apricots, cranberries or sultanas to this, and often double the quantity to have in the fridge for a week’s worth of breakfasts ready to trot out.
As Eleanor would say: “It’s yum yum in your tum tum!”
Agreed, Blossom, agreed.