Porridge/oatmeal has always been a staple for my family and I. Though I recently upped my porridge game with steel-cut oats and lentils.
My oatmeal journey began when I was a kid. As a kid, I was always like UGH. I remember my pop making the best oatmeal ever and even then I would load it up with Brown sugar. Spoonfuls of brown sugar. And there was never any texture.
I do not make oatmeal anymore. I make porridge (an oatmeal like meal that is made with more than oats!). I find it has more texture and is a fantastic high protien breakfast, naturally.
One that is easy to meal prep and eat no matter how much time you have! I used to add protein powder to my porridge/oatmeal but it made it …. interesting now instead I have come up with a much better solution.
This is my combination of steel-cut oats (less processed and delicious) and lentils (HELLO superfood!).
This porridge is super easy and is a set-and-forget porridge! Made in the instapot so it is impossible to mess up!
- 1.5 cups steel-cut oats
- 1/2 cup lentils (I use brown or red).
- 2.5 to 3 cups water (I used 3 normally).
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 to 5 tbsps maple syrup!
**As a proud Canadian porridge/oatmeal is not a proper breakfast without maple syrup!
Everything goes into the insta pot and is stirred up then sealed in. I press my porridge setting on the instapot but if you don’t have an automatic setting it needs to go on for 20 minutes then vent slowly!
Once the time goes I vent the instapot and take the lid off. There is always a bit of water left on top but it should be thick.
Next, I portion it out into 5 jars, seal it up and have it in my fridge for breakfast for the week!
The next day I heat it up with a half cup of non-dairy milk, and top it with fresh fruit, walnuts and chocolate chips!
This porridge is DELICIOUS and super high protein-like 12 grams a portion and with toppings, it tops out at 20! It also gives me a daily dose of lentils!
Lentils are amazing because they are high fibre, high protein and have been shown to help keep your digestive system clear (thank you fibre!) – which helps prevent colon cancer – and no one wants that!
They also help lower cholesterol.
As I am on a high protein vegan diet this recipe is CRUCIAL!
Also as an added bonus I ALWAYS top mine with 2 tbsps. of walnuts for 2 reason, the first would be the crunch – they add a lovely texture and 2 for the omegas!
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PS my family gives this recipe a ten!