This time last year I went on a transformational retreat with Nicky Clinch and what I didn’t expect to change as a result was how I responded to food.  I’ve always been the queen of smoothies, quick, nutritious, and for me, the perfect breakfast at any time of the year, summer or winter (yes even winter!).

But I came away from those two days wanting something different.  Wanting something warming, something grounding (and before then I wouldn’t have described food in this way either), something to really satisfy me in the mornings.

Since then I’ve been making variations of this porridge in the mornings.  And if I feel like I’m distracted or in my head too much this is what I’ll turn to.

It may well push your boundaries of what is considered ‘normal’ in a porridge but experiment with different flavours, different spices, particularly during the winter months.  And notice how you feel, how these spices make you feel.

Food is so much more than macro and micro nutrients, really tune in.

Ingredients for one

  • 1/2 cup of organic oats, soaked in the milk overnight (I prefer gluten free)
  • About half an inch of turmeric root
  • About a teaspoon of fresh ginger or 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1 apple grated
  • 3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cardamom (optional)
  • 1 cup of milk of your choice (I usually almond or rice milk) plus extra to get your desired consistency


  1. Pop the oats in the pan
  2. Grate the turmeric and ginger using a fine grater
  3. Add the cinnamon and cardamom if you’re using (this always depends on how I feel, if I want extra sweetness I’ll opt for cinnamon, if not I’ll leave it out)
  4. Add extra milk as you go to get the consistency you like
  5. About half way through add the grated apple
  6. It should take around 15-20 minutes to cook through, the longer you cook it the better

You’ll end up with a beautiful golden porridge, perfect for winters days and whenever you need something to really warm your heart.

Nicky Duffell
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Nicky Duffell

Nutritional Therapist and Coach

‘Everything you need is within you’

Nicky is a registered nutritional therapist and trained coach who takes an integrative approach that works on both the body and the mind.

Nicky brings together nutritional therapy, functional medicine and powerful coaching techniques to treat the WHOLE you. She’s passionate about life, and noticing the little things it has to offer, even when it’s hard.

Nicky qualified from The Institute for Optimum Nutrition in 2009 and is registered with The British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT), and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).  She’s also a member of The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM).

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