One of our big sticking points on walks recently is cold hands. And I totally sympathise with cold hands. They are rubbish. And it seems that some toddlers cannot stand to wear gloves. Even if you literally sew them onto their snowsuit they seem to find a way to get their hands out into the cold air (yes I am speaking from recent experience)
Well one small help is a warm snack mid-walk. A warm snack that can be poured into a little plastic cup that hands can be warmed up on. And here is one of those perfect little snacks. Carrot Cake Porridge! It is perfect... warm, slow-release energy, no sugar, and carrot and raisins count towards your five a day. And it's so tasty! Surprisingly sweet, and such a cosy food to be eating in the middle of the woods.
I accept that it is not a photogenic meal. I just cannot make it look pretty! Sorry porridge - I tried.
But here it is. In all its wholesome goodness. And I promise it is really, really tasty.
It's also a rather forgiving recipe. You can leave it to simmer away for a couple of minutes whilst finding your children's gloves, or doing a little washing up, or feeding the dog etc. If it gets too thick, just add a bit more milk or water.
Ours was in the flask for one hour before we ate it so it did thicken up - I suppose the oats continued to absorb the liquid. Not a problem for us - I always make thick porridge anyway so we're used to it! But you might want to take a little milk or water to add once it's been poured out into little cups.
We don't have pretty little camping bowls (although they're now on my shopping list!) so we just brought some plastic and bamboo cups that we have. And a camping blanket to throw on a bench.
Carrot Cake Porridge (enough for 4-5 for breakfast - halve quantities for one of those short, wide Thermos flasks)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons honey
1) Put all ingredients into a pan
2) Heat and simmer for around 10 minutes, stirring occasionally