A Warming Bowl of Porridge

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Hayley Bisofsky Pope
Cornwall dweller, lifestyle blogger and founder of The Little Naturalists Club
27 February 2023

One of my absolute favourite things to do in the winter is cold water swimming. On those grey, miserable, sideways rain kind of days, I can't think of a better way to inject some good, positive energy into my day: the dopamine hit after a cold water swim will give you no end of motivation. That being said, for safety purposes, it' really important to get out of your wet swimsuit and into some warm clothes as quickly as possible.

I personally always take a flask filled with something hot to drink on the return walk to the car, and it’s wise to consume some food that will simultaneously replenish you and warm you up: this porridge recipe is just the ticket for that. It’s really simple to make and can be cooked up using minimal equipment, perfect to take to the beach in your swim bag. My stove of choice for things like this is my old faithful jet boil, but you can also make it at home and take it with you in some tupperware or a thermos if you’d prefer.

You will need

Porridge oats

Your milk of choice (top tip: if you use coconut milk, you won’t need to sweeten the oats)

A knob of butter

Serving of Greek yoghurt

Peanut butter

A banana

A handful of blueberries

Your choice of nut and seed mix


  1. Cook off the oats using your milk of choice by following the packet instructions.
  2. Melt some butter in a pan and slice a banana length ways. Then lie the banana cut side down in the pan and cook until nice and caramelised.
  3. Spoon your porridge into a bowl, laying the banana on top.
  4. Dollop your Greek yoghurt on top and drizzle some peanut butter over the banana.
  5. Sprinkle your seed mix and the blueberries to top it off.
  6. Enjoy!