Basic Breakfast Porridge

True porridge fans know: the warm, creamy-tasting oat meal is fibre-rich, packed with nutrients and a great source of energy. Eating porridge for breakfast is a simple, quick and delicious way to enjoy the benefits of wholegrain foods at the start of the day. There is an infinite variety of porridge variations and preparation ideas. Here is my basic porridge recipe, which can be topped with bananas, fresh berries or nuts for extra protein.

Basic Breakfast Porridge

Recipe by Anna BembryCourse: Breakfast, BrunchDifficulty: Simple


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Warm, creamy-tasting breakfast porridge.


  • 200 g whole rolled porridge oats

  • 750 ml milk or water

  • pinch of salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2 – 4 tablespoons honey or maple syrup

  • a small handful of raisins (optional)

  • Toppings
  • 2 ripe bananas, cut into slices or fresh berries, such as blueberries or strawberries

  • flaked almonds, toasted


  • In a medium-size pot, combine oats, milk or water and a pinch of salt. Gently simmer over a low-medium heat for about 5 – 6 minutes, stirring frequently until the oats become soft and creamy. 1 – 2 minutes before the porridge is ready stir in cinnamon, honey or maple syrup and raisins (if using). If you prefer your porridge a little thinner, add more milk or water.
  • Distribute porridge into deep bowls and top with banana slices or fresh berries. Scatter the toasted almonds over and serve immediately.


  • It’s important to use whole rolled porridge oats, rather than instant oats, because they take much longer to digest.

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