Bulgur Porridge – Reinventing Cereal (Vegan, 12 Mins)

Bulgur Porridge in Bowl

When I first heard about bulgur porridge I was a little sceptical.

I’m the first to admit I get bored by breakfast. More than bored, frustrated.

I know I need to eat it, I know I want to eat it – but I look around the kitchen and all I see are foods I’ve eaten a million times before.

They might be healthy, but if I don’t eat them, they’re not going to do me much good, are they?

So when bulgur porridge came along – the same bulgur we know from salads and lunches, I was sceptical.

We love experimenting, and we love it when things go right. This bulgur porridge has gone right. So fantastically right.

Actually, this recipe is a bit of a social networker when it comes to the food world. See below…

ingredients #banana #bulgur | hurrythefoodup.com

Why do we love bulgur porridge?

There are many reasons, and four truly stand out.

  1. Bulgur is a whole grain! Whole grains are far superior to white/refined grains because they are ‘complete’.

    This means they contain the three main parts of a grain – the bran, the germ and the endosperm. Each part brings along valuable nutrients and minerals like B vitamins, protein, fibre and healthy fats.

    A refined grain (think white bread, white pasta, white flour) has the bran and germ stripped off – taking away half (or sometimes two thirds) of the nutrients, and even a quarter of the protein.

    The health benefits of wholegrains are shown to be huge, so it makes sense to eat them over refined grains whenever we can. Bulgur porridge is the perfect opportunity 😉

    Bulgur Porridge - Reinventing Cereal – Grain Anatomy | hurrythefoodup.com
    image used with kind permission from www.wholegrainscouncil.org
  2. It’s naturally sweetened – with banana! Bananas rock because not only are they tasty, they’re also loaded with more vitamins and nutrients! This makes this breakfast one powerhouse of healthy start to the day (11 evidence-based health benefits of bananas).

    It can be a bit easy to get bored of bananas though, and after a while the thought of squeezing yet another one down for breakfast can become a bit unappealing.

    If that sounds familiar then check out these 18 healthy banana recipes (and try out this porridge, obviously!)
  3. It’s vegan! Or at least we eat it that way. Sure you can use dairy, but unless you really have to we highly recommend almond or oat milk – they go really nicely. If you’ve never considered the environmental differences between oat milk and dairy – it’s certainly worth thinking about.
  4. It’s so versatile! The ingredients we’ve listed below are the ‘standard’ version, but you can really make this however you like. Can’t get peaches at the moment? Use mango. Can’t find mango? Take apple, or even raisins!
bowl on table #hazelnuts #peach | hurrythefoodup.com

Anything else?

I’ve recently taken to adding chia and flax seeds to my bulgur porridge as well. The Western diet can be shockingly low in omega 3s – and it’s real brain food. This is a really easy way to raise our omega 3 levels.

You might have skipped past everything I just wrote about why this bulgur porridge is so healthy. And if you have – no matter. There’s just one or two more things to know – this breakfast is super-tasty, and super-quick. For me, breakfasts will never be the same again.

Porridge is ready #milk #peanuts | hurrythefoodup.com
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Bulgur Porridge

Bulgur porridge completely revitalises the morning rush – with a naturally sweet (and incredibly tasty) whole grain breakfast – it’s vegan, too!
Course Breakfast
Time 12 minutes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 266kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • cup bulgur
  • cup oat milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 tbsp peanuts (or hazelnuts)
  • 1 mango (or peach)
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions

  • Give the bulgur a quick rinse, then add it together with salt and milk into a pot and bring to a boil. Then reduce to a simmer and let it cook for 10 minutes until the bulgur is nice and fluffy.
  • Peel and mash the banana and chop the peanuts.
  • Dice the mango or peach.
  • Once the bulgur is ready, stir in the mashed banana.
  • Now spoon into a breakfast bowl, sprinkle over some peanuts and peach.
  • Pour in milk to create a lovely castle moat and enjoy!

Notes

Looking for other tasty veggie breakfast recipes? We can’t recommend these smoked tofu breakfast egg cups enough, or these vegan breakfast potatoes!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Bulgur Porridge
Amount Per Serving
Calories 266 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 64mg3%
Potassium 557mg16%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 1322IU26%
Vitamin C 43mg52%
Calcium 140mg14%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Please note that sometimes ‘bulgur’ is referred to as ‘bulgar’ but it’s the same thing 🙂

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