Oat Porridge With Goji Berries and Cinnamon Recipe

Oats and goji berries are full of slow-release energy and fibre, and both contain nutrients to help support a  healthy nervous system. They are also  considered to be natural sedatives,  helping to lift low moods and calm the  nerves. The addition of cinnamon and  black sesame seeds provides a warming  quality that makes this an excellent dish if  you are feeling weak or are convalescing.

Serves

4

Ingredients

  • Butter, for greasing
  • 225g (8oz) medium oatmeal or porridge oats
  • 700ml (1 and a quarter pints) rice or cow’s milk
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 25g (scant 1oz) goji berries
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 60g (2oz) sunflower seeds
  • 25g (scant 1oz) black sesame seeds
  • A pinch of salt

Method

* Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F/Gas 5). Generously grease a glass or ceramic ovenproof dish with the butter. Place all the ingredients in the dish, mix well, and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. After 15 minutes, check the porridge and stir, adding some hot water or more milk, if it is sticking or becoming too thick and solid.

* Remove from the oven, divide between four serving bowls, and serve with a small jug of warmed milk.

Recipe taken from Neal’s Yard Remedies Healing Foods, published by DK, £16.99

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