Food – The porridge conundrum

Every morning I make porridge for everyone. You would think that after doing this for over four years I would’ve gotten better at measuring the amount that we need. But I haven’t. I can usually guarantee that at least once a week I am left with cold congealing porridge.

Usually, when there is that rare fifteen minute pause where everyone is fed and relatively silent I sit down and eat it. It’s horrible. This morning I asked myself; why? Why don’t I make myself a new tea (because my first one is obviously cold) and have something hot and tasty. So that’s what I did.

Of course, then I got hit with the guilt about throwing the porridge away. So I decided to try and make muffins. Low sugar ones that I could give to the children as a treat. At the very least if they were disgusting I would be able to have some pay back for all the congealed cold porridge over the years.

It turns out that after a bit of tweaking, they are quite good. Moist and great with a bit of butter and pretty quick to make.


  • 200g cold porridge
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 150g self raising flour
  • handful of oats (approx 10g)
  • 100g honey
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • good shake of spice – cinnamon, or mixed spice
  • splash of vanilla extract (approx 1 tsp)
  • 1 cup of berries or half a cup of raisins depending on what you have

Method (bake at 160c until golden – approx 20 mins)

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