Porridge bread is one of our most popular recipes and it's not hard to see why.
It's simple to prepare, so nutritious and such a fantastic alternative to processed bread.
However, the best thing about porridge bread is not its taste...although it does taste fantastic. It's the host of health benefits that come from consuming the humble oat.
Porridge oats contain beta-glucans, a soluble fibre that slows down the absorption of carbohydrates into the bloodstream. This slower digestion prevents dramatic spikes in blood sugar levels that would otherwise encourage our bodies to store fat. Much like a nice big bowl of porridge of breakfast, this bread packs a punch and keeps you feeling full for longer.
As if that wasn't enough, oats are also a rich source of magnesium, which is key to enzyme function and energy production. Magnesium also helps prevent heart attacks and strokes by relaxing blood vessels, supporting the heart muscle and regulating blood pressure.
This porridge bread recipe is so versatile. I love to play around with the recipe and add different nuts and seeds as the mood takes me. I always include chia seeds which are full of protein, fibre and healthy omega 3 fats.
Pepper Pointers For The Perfect Porridge Bread
- To check to make sure your bread is fully cooked, insert a metal skewer or knife in the centre of your bread. If it comes out clean, you're good to go. If it's a little doughy, pop it back into the oven for another 5 to 10 minutes.
- Double up - this bread is so good and easy to make...why not make a second loaf for your freezer!
- This bread is VERSATILE and can be enjoyed many, many ways - toasted, served with poached eggs (or any eggs for that matter), smashed avocado on top, smoked salmon and capers or as an open grilled cheese sandwich. The list goes on and on. One of my favourite ways to enjoy this bread is with delicious real Irish butter and some chia seed jam.
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