Autumn, Food & Drink

Organic Porridge with Cinnamon Spiced Roast Plum | AD

organic porridge with cinnamon roast plum

porridge with roast plum

Let me share with you my most very favourite porridge recipe.

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What makes you happy?  Right now I’m enjoying the early autumnal walk back from school as I drop my eldest off for the day.  The journey there is always a rush to get out the door and to get to school in time, but the journey back is a much more placid affair.  My youngest and I can take our time and wander slowly home, saying hiya to all the neighbourhood cats and dogs,  and watch the leaves go plip as they fall from the trees.  Because autumn is happening, whether you like it or not.  I found my first conker today.  Just saying.

Once we get home it’s my time for breakfast.  I never have time before school to eat so I make a point of taking time to eat a hearty breakfast once I get home as that morning walk always works up a serious appetite.

For the love of porridge

I love porridge, particularly when the seasons transition from summer to autumn. Here, on a cold day, a cold breakfast just doesn’t quite cut the mustard anymore.  On those chilly mornings when you feel like you need something warm and comforting for breakfast, there’s nothing quite like a bowl of porridge to fill you up and warm your cockles.

As good as porridge is, I quite like to add some variation to my porridge depending on what’s in season.  This month, it’s all about the plums.  While fresh chopped plums are pretty good in porridge, for a little extra treat when I’m feeling fancy I will roast my plums with honey and cinnamon for a sweet and spiced healthy breakfast of kings.

organic porridge with cinnamon roast plum

We have a huge plum tree on our allotment and have an abundance of them right now.  What makes me extra happy is that our plums are grown organically.  We don’t use any pesticides or herbicides on our allotment.

Why Choose Organic?

I also try to buy organic foodstuff where possible, where my budget allows.  There are myriad reasons to buy organic.  Not least because it’s better for us, better for the environment, better for wildlife, and better for farmers and farm workers.  My daughter so sweetly used to describe fairtrade as “something that makes the farmers happy”, which I think could definitely be applied to organic food as well!

The Organic Trade Board is inviting you to feed your happy by experiencing the unadulterated joy of organic food.  As part of this, I thought I’d share with you my recipe for organic porridge with cinnamon-spiced roast plum.  My hope is that this delicious healthy and organic breakfast makes you as happy as it makes me (and the environment)!

Organic Porridge with Cinnamon Spiced Plum Recipe

organic porridge recipe


Makes one portion

I’ve put links of where to buy the ingredients organically in case you can’t find them locally.

Approx 30g organic oats

Approx 250 ml water

Pinch of salt

1 organic plum

1/2 teaspoon organic honey or maple syrup

Pinch of cinnamon

Splash of organic milk or vegan milk (optional)

A handful of organic walnuts


Preheat your oven to 170°C/150°C fan oven.

Slice your plum in half and remove the stone.

Place your plum halves cut side up in an oven dish and drizzle with the honey and sprinkle the cinnamon on top.

Place in the oven for around 15 mins.

After 10 minutes of roasting time, prepare the porridge as per the instructions on your packet of oats.  I find that adding around 30ml of oats and 250ml water, with a pinch of salt, and bringing that to the boil, and then stirring vigorously for one minute does the trick for me.  However, you might have your own preferred porridge technique that I don’t want to get in the way of!

Add a splash of milk (if you want to make creamier porridge) and stir well. Finally, top with your honey roast plums and a few chopped walnuts and sit back and enjoy!

Do also check out my post on other vegetarian breakfast ideas.  I’ve got so many ideas!

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Food & Drink, Kitchen Staples

Organic Cherry Granola Recipe | AD

This organic cherry granola recipe is paid for content in association with the Organic Trade Board.

organic cherry granola recipe

It’s Wake Up to Organic Day on Wednesday 14th June, and this event, ran by the Organic Trade Board, sees independent retailers all over the UK dishing up free organic mini breakfasts to their customers.  Free breakfast!  Have I got your attention now?

The aim of Wake Up to Organic Day is to show you how easy it can be to switch to an organic breakfast, like these organic cherry granola recipe I’m about to share. It’s also to showcase the fabulous range of organic food and drink that your local independent stores and cafés offer.  I’m definitely on board with this, and will be seeking out my local store to take part.  

You can find which stores near you are taking part using the handy tool on the Wake Up To Organic website.  I’ve found there are 9 stores alone in Edinburgh taking part – from Earthy Foods to Dig In Bruntsfield – so I am sure you’ll be well catered for wherever you are!

If you go along, be sure to share on social media using the hashtag #WakeUpToOrganic

If you can’t make it along, I’ve put together a mainly organic cherry granola breakfast. It’s really easy to make, incredibly delicious and a store cupboard favourite of mine!

Organic Cherry Granola Recipe


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(adapted from Cookie and Kate)

4 cups of organic oats

1 cup flaked organic almonds

¼ cup organic walnuts

¼ cup organic sunflower seeds

¼ cup organic cacoa nibs

¼ cup organic desiccated coconut

¾ teaspoon sea salt

½ teaspoon cinnamon

½ cup melted organic coconut oil (30-40 seconds in the microwave is sufficient enough to melt the oil)

½ cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¾ cup dried cherries (keep to the side until the end)


Preheat your oven to 180°C

To make the organic cherry granola, in a large bowl combine all of the dry ingredients (apart from the cherries) and mix well.

Next add the maple syrup, vanilla extract and melted coconut oil and stir well.

Spoon the mixture on to a large baking tray and bake for around 30 minutes, stirring half way.

Once golden brown and clumpy, remove from the oven and leave to cool completely.

Once completely cool, add the dried cherries, and decant into a airtight storage jar.  The granola will store for up to two weeks, although you I dare you to make it last that long!

Serve with fresh cold milk, sprinkled on top of yoghurt or as a snack straight from the jar.  Either way it’s organic and delicious!

ps: more vegetarian breakfast ideas this way!

cherry granola recipe