After spending a year in Copenhagen, Alex Hely-Hutchinson opened 26 Grains to bring a little of that hygge-life home. The restaurant specializes in cozy consumables geared towards a breakfast crowd, but with plenty to pine over for lunch and dinner too. From sweet and savory porridge that’s almost too pretty to eat, to colorful curries and flower-dotted toasts, every dish is healthy, simple and satisfying (just the way we like it).
If your morning routine doesn’t leave time to jet-set to London, try whipping up this blueberry breakfast porridge from the pages of Alex’s cookbook instead. Best served with good company and a few on-point ceramics…
Blueberry Maple Breakfast Porridge
for the porridge:
1 cup rolled oats, soaked in 1 cup water for 30 minutes
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 tsp sea salt
for the blueberry compote:
1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
1 Tbsp maple syrup
squeeze of lemon juice
2 Tbsp mixed seeds (flax, pumpkin, sunflower etc.)
2 Tbsp coconut flakes
2 Tbsp almond butter
2 Tbsp amaranth (optional)
a few strawberry slices, as garnish
First make the blueberry compote: place the blueberries, maple syrup and lemon juice into a small pan with 1 tablespoon of water. Bring to a boil. Once bubbling, take it off the heat and set aside to cool.
Place the porridge ingredients, including the water the oats have been soaked in, into the pan over a medium heat and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring continuously, until the oats have come together.
Spoon into 2 bowls and add the toppings in this order: 1 tablespoon of blueberries in a line down the middle with a pool of juice around the edge, then the seeds, strawberry slices, coconut flakes, almond butter and amaranth, if using.