Porridge Bread

Looking to lose weight for the summer? Here is a simple bread alternative that tastes delicious ...

If only losing weight was as easy as gaining it. It is, in fact, very difficult. The Irish summer doesn't encourage us to stay trim either and I, for one, often find myself justifying the few extra winter pounds with ?ah sure, doesn't it keep me warm, and aren't I fierce cuddly??

Then comes summer and with it, if we're lucky, a week abroad on an exotic beach with all the exotic locals in their exotic swimwear all looking - well, shockingly exotic. Then there's me in my stylish statement bikini, but sadly the only statement it seems to be making is 'I don't fit you!'. This is the very reason I am on a diet for the next few weeks. I, of course, waited until the last minute to shed those few extra pounds so now, just like every other year, I am carrying out the same routine. Three to four weeks of no: potatoes, pasta, grains and rice, refined sugars, milk and lastly, my beloved bread. Bread: delicious, fresh, plump, crusty bread.

But then I discovered porridge bread and although it might sound as appealing as a rice cake, those oats, which I normally only tolerate with cream and honey make a damn fine substitute for my dearly missed bread. This recipe is so quick and delicious - try toasting it and thinly slicing a banana on top. It also costs less than €1 per loaf. Low fat, no wheat and most importantly no bloating. My perfect bread substitute and an incredible breakfast for those of us preparing to expose our bikini bods.

The ingredients

  • 1 tub of low fat natural yogurt (500 ml)
  • 2 tubs of porridge oats (use the yogurt tub that you just emptied)
  • 2 tsp of baking soda
  • 2 tbsp of oil (you can use coconut oil)
  • A handful of seeds (poppy seeds work really well)

The steps

  • Preheat your oven to 200?C
  • Get a big bowl and mix all of your ingredients gently but thoroughly
  • Grease a loaf tin (try using the coconut oil for this - tastes great)
  • Pour your mix into the loaf tin
  • Put in the oven for 45 mins (at about 15mins, sprinkle some porridge oats on top)
  • Take it out and carefully remove from loaf tin
  • Put back in the oven for 5 mins to crisp the edges

Let it cool, and enjoy!

-Noelle O'Reilly?@noellenate

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