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What can be made from old porridge, so that we do not throw it away?

Maybe it’s a bitter cold morning. Maybe it’s gym day. Or, maybe you just fancy it. Whatever your reason for making porridge, don’t you just love that warming, energising dish?

In a world where ready-made food is becoming more and more accessible, there is something so great about making breakfast from scratch.

But, I’m sure your familiar with the scene; as you pour the delicious porridge into your bowl, you start to salivate and can’t wait to start your day. However, you then come to realise, oh no! You’ve made too much. Again!

You are not alone, we all do it. We know we can’t eat it all, but we don’t want to waste all that creamy goodness.

So, what can you do with leftover porridge?

There are many possibilities, but one thing you certainly must not do is feed leftover porridge to birds. Uncooked porridge oats are fine, but the process of cooking oats makes them glutinous. As we all know, this makes the porridge sticky and if birds try to eat it, the porridge can harden around a bird’s beak.

Do not fear!

The internet is full of recipes for cookies, muffins and cakes, so that you don’t have to throw your porridge away. If you don’t fancy something sweet, perhaps a hearty bread or a healthy breakfast bar may suit your fancy. You can even use it to bulk up a smoothie for a quick on-the-go meal!

This time, we are presenting you with a recipe for turning those last few cups of porridge into something you can have for breakfast tomorrow. Pancakes, anyone?

This pancake recipe come from Cassie Best from BBC Good Food. For every 150g of leftover porridge, you will need:

  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 100ml milk
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 large eggs
  • Oil
  • Toppings to serve such as fruit, yoghurt, syrup or honey

To make up a tasty batch of pancakes, simply:

  1. Mix the porridge with the flour, baking powder, milk, banana and eggs;
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat;
  3. Spoon 2-3 tbsp of the mixture into the pan and cook until bubbles pop on the surface and the underside turns golden. This should take around 5 minutes, but will depend on the thickness of your mixture;
  4. Flip the pancake and cook for a few more minutes, until it is cooked through;
  5. Slide your pancake onto a warm plate and repeat the process until you have used up all of your mixture;
  6. Add your toppings of choice and serve.

And there you have it; some delicious pancakes. And by reducing your food waste, another good reason for two delicious breakfasts.