Oct 29 is National Oatmeal Day! Apart from the Scottish perhaps there's no other nation more associated with porridge oats. Here's a delicious and nutritious recipe from the Irish health food cafe, Sprout and Co.

Total Time: Less than 30mins


- 1 part rolled oats to 2 parts milk

- 2 teaspoons maple syrup

- 1 pear, peeled, cored and chopped

- ½ teaspoon five-spice powder

- ½ teaspoon orange zest

- 50g pecans, toasted in a medium oven until golden, toss in maple syrup, roughly chop

- Cinnamon, to garnish

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- Pour oats and milk into a saucepan, add maple syrup and bring to the boil, stirring occasionally to stop it sticking to the bottom of the pan. Simmer for 5-10 minutes. Add a little more liquid if needed.

- To make the stewed pear, place the chopped pear with some water and the spices, cover and cook on medium heat until softened – about five to six minutes. Mix in the orange zest.

- Ladle porridge into a bowl and finish with a spoonful of stewed pear, pecans, and sprinkle of cinnamon.

Read more: How to make a proper full Irish breakfast

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