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Blend half the oats and the dates in a food processor until you have a thick paste, adding a splash of milk to help the blades go round if necessary. Scrape the mixture into a saucepan and add the rest of the oats, 500ml milk, the cacao and a pinch of salt. Stir well and set over a low-medium heat.
Stir the porridge every now and then for the next 5-10 mins, until it’s thick and creamy – add a splash more milk if you prefer a looser consistency. Serve with a dollop of yogurt and a drizzle of maple syrup, if you like.
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