After the Indian summer, a wintry chill has well and truly kicked in. No longer will a quick, light breakfast suffice; a warm, filling meal is needed to see us through until lunch.
Porridge is perfect: it's cheap, easy to make and versatile, and these instant porridges simply require boiling water to provide a morning energy boost.
Sainsbury's Golden Syrup porridge pot
Very watery and milky, and a little sickly sweet. The flavour isn't terrible – it's golden syrup, after all – but maybe add a drop less water than instructed.
Moma porridge coconut and chia
The coconut and chia seeds provide a welcome crunchy contrast, but overall the taste is just a bit too bland. Needs a sweetener. Gluten and dairy free.
Rude Health almond butter with sea salt
There's a nice crunch from the almonds, and the porridge is thick and very filling. Delicately sweet with a salty contrast.
Mornflake Top porridge Nutella
£1.29 for 77g, Ocado
Larger oats than most. A little watery. The Nutella works well, but would have loved more of it! Back on Ocado early next month.
Tesco instant oats cinnamon
A tad runny, but very flavoursome, with subtle cinnamon hints. Not too sweet, and the oats remain quite chewy.
Wolfy's organic blackcurrant porridge pot
A nice, thick porridge. The jam, in a separate pot, is tart and balances the sweetness perfectly. A sweet and sour treat.