Taste Test – Boring Porridge

Boring Porridge? Who the heck would buy a cereal with boring in the name? Yeah, this girl, right here.

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What can I say, it intrigued me. I mean, it’s pretty ballsy to call your product boring, no? It probably helped that it also came in a flavour that I might be obsessed with – Coconut Breeze. I can see the palm trees swaying now. Ahhhh.

In all seriousness though, I bought this Boring Porridge…awhile ago. If you go to their website, you will see their packaging has since changed. It kinda got pushed to the back of the cupboard for awhile, only to be rediscovered when I moved. I figured it was about time to give it a go…and I was glad I did! It has actually become one of my go-to quick breakfasts.

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Boring Porridge is somewhat like the array of unconventional cereals that seem to be popping up in grocery stores – it started with Holy Crap, and since then we’ve seen Nature’s Path come out with their version called Q’ia, and I’ve seen others from Anita’s Organic Mill, and more. What makes them different from the box of Krusty O’s in your cupboard? Well, they all sport their own variety of superfood grains and seeds – usually chia, flax, hemp, or buckwheat, and then whatever flavour extras they see fit. But Boring Porridge has a bit of a unique thing going on. They’ve blended up their ingredients to make a powder type cereal – great for milk, water, smoothies, yogurt, or even to add to baking. They also use a unique blend of ingredients – the base is flax seeds, sesame seeds, chia, goji berries, red dates, and sea salt (add coconut, and you have Coconut Breeze).

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The instructions tell you to mix 3 tbsp of porridge with 3/4 cup water or milk (which works out to a 1:4 ratio for you math nerds out there). What’s weird though, is the nutrition facts table is based on a 4 tbsp serving, so I’m not sure why the instructions don’t just say mix 4 tbsp + 1 cup liquid. Anyways…nutrition wise, it’s pretty good. For those 4 tbsp (which is what I eat), you get 5 g protein, 6 g fibre, 32 mg sodium, 25% DV of iron, 15% DV of calcium, all for 230 kcal.

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I like to mix mine in a mason jar as I run out the door on the way to internship, assuming I have a desk to eat it at once I get there. I use 4 tbsp of cereal, and add about 1/2 cup of blueberries. Then in goes 1 cup almond milk.

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Then you put on the lid, and give it a good shake, and you are all set!

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It may not be the prettiest looking meal you’ll ever make, but it is tasty. The dates and goji berries give it a bit of sweetness, but nothing over the top. I do wish it got a bit thicker as it soaked in the almond milk, which you think it would with both flax seeds and chia seeds in there. And I do find the odd chunk of date in there as well, which is always a surprise when chowing down. But it keeps me going through the morning, and make for a balanced, relatively low kcal breakfast. And of course, I also love that they are a local company, based in Richmond, BC. I will need to give one of their other flavours a try once this bag is gone.

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So tell me, have you tried any of the new superfood grain/seed based cereals? What did you think? Better than those Krusty O’s? (I hope someone gets my Simpsons reference).

Disclaimer – I bought this cereal with my own hard earned money. I tell you this because I have to. You know how the whole thing goes.  

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3 Comments on “Taste Test – Boring Porridge”

  1. May 17, 2013 at 8:52 am #

    As soon as I saw “coconut” I knew that’s what swayed you! LOL I’ve never tried this one, but have tried Holy Crap cereals before…

    • May 17, 2013 at 8:56 am #

      I know, I’m so predictable!

  2. May 24, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    Of course I got The Simpsons reference!!!

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