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What's for breakfast? Decedent chocolate orange porridge...

As a compliment at a recent retreat, one of our guests joked that he had expected me to dollop out some porridge for breakfast and was delighted at the spread that actually appeared (pancakes, waffles, bacon and eggs, all the extras... yes, I do like a good breakfast, and when ice bathing particularly, nutrients are needed!)

But to me that was a challenge - can porridge not be amazingly delicious? Well yes, actually it can! So the next morning I served it and guess what - nobody was disappointed!

You see the humble porridge is an excellent base for breakfast. So long as you use whole rolled oats (no quick packets) you get a great source of complex carbohydrates and fibre which is great for sustained energy and also digestive health. (Please opt for organic though, pesticides are rife in the oat drying process and they aren't so good for gut health.) I often cook with either full-fat cow's milk or coconut milk for some healthy fats, and stir in a few spoonfuls of flax and chia seeds (for more fibre, plus protein and healthy fats). I may also add a spoonful of coconut oil too, or a big dollop of almond or peanut butter. More is definitely more when it comes to porridge!

And finally I top with ALL the healthy toppings - berries like blueberries, raspberries and red currants, nuts like almonds and walnuts, seeds - sunflower and pumpkin. I may also add bee pollen, cacao nibs, butter honey. My porridge is really just a base for the maximum variety of natural wholefood toppings, yum!

If that isn't enough, I've also been sharing this recipe a lot with clients recently - my decedent chocolate orange porridge. I hope you'll give it a go and let me know what you think!

Photo: actually my own this time! Decedent chocolate orange porridge topped with alomond butter, cranberries and chopped

Decedent chocolate orange porridge

(serves 2)


  • 1 cup organic porridge oats

  • ¼ cup quinoa flakes (optional, just use all oats if that's what you have)

  • 1 banana, sliced

  • Zest and juice of 1/2 an organic orange

  • 1 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder

  • 1 tsp coconut oil

  • 1 tsp honey or maple syrup (optional)

  • 2 cups milk (I use 1 cup coconut milk with 1 cup water)


  1. Put all ingredients in a pan and cook slowly on a low heat, stirring, for about 10 minutes.

  2. Serve with berries or banana slices, chopped nuts, cacao nibs, almond butter, whatever you fancy!

Please do leave a comment below to let me know what you think!

Keep thriving, Catherine x


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