Jamie Oliver’s Protein Porridge with a Lovebean Twist
In the UK, where I live, Jamie Oliver is a very famous chef. He is always on tv and he is often helping the government to make school meals healthier for kids. His last cookbook was called Everyday Super Food and we use the recipes out of it all the time. This week, you met my brother JP, who has Type 1 Diabetes. When you have Type 1 Diabetes, you have to count every carbohydrate that you eat, because that is how you decide how much insulin you have to inject each time you eat. The carbohydrates that work the best with insulin to keep blood sugars down are the ones that have a low glycemic index (GI), which means they burn slowly. And when you combine carbohydrates with protein, that makes them burn more slowly still. I’m telling you all of this because my recipe this week is a favorite of JP. It is a Protein Porridge out of Jamie Oliver’s Super Food cookbook and because it has low GI carbs in it, and a lot of protein too, it makes a great breakfast for JP and one that helps keep his blood sugars down. Of course, we add a Lovebean twist to the porridge but because Lovebean is also Low GI, it is the perfect way to add a sweet kick to an already delicious bowl of porridge. Each serving as prepared, with the Lovebean, has 40 grams of carbohydrates. Because we always have to weigh JP’s food to calculate carbs, we use a food scale when preparing our recipes. So this recipe goes by weight rather than cups. If you’ve never prepared anything using a food scale, it is so easy. Just get a digital food scale (not expensive), place your bowl on top, then reset the scale to zero. Add each ingredient to the weight required, then reset to zero after each addition. Easy!
For the porridge mixture, which makes a lot and keeps in an airtight container for two weeks, you will need:
4 cups (400 grams) of porridge oats
2/3 cup (100 grams) of linseeds (flaxseeds)
1 3/4 oz. (50 grams) shelled walnuts
1 3/4 oz (50 grams) shelled pistachios
1 3/4 oz (50 grams) whole almonds
1/4 cup (50 grams) of regular, black or red quinoa
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
3 tablespoons of malted powder (Like original-flavored Ovaltine)
Add all of the above ingredients together in a large bowl. You will need to blitz the ingredients in a blender, which you will need to do in about four different batches. Once everything is blitzed into a powder, you can put the mixture into an airtight container, and then the porridge mix is ready to go whenever you are.
When you are ready to eat a bowl of protein porridge, put 50 grams of the porridge mixture into a small pan. Add 80 grams of seasonal berries and 150 mls of your favorite milk. Heat on a medium-low heat for around 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until it reaches the desired consistency. While it is still hot, add in one tablespoon of Sea Salt Caramel Lovebean and stir to mix. Transfer to a bowl, sprinkle with chopped nuts if you’d like, and then eat immediately.