Perfect porridge

Takes 10-15 minutes


Serves 1
Perfect porridge for a healthy way to start the day

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal175
  • fat5g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs25g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre3g
  • protein10g
  • salt0.24g
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  • 50g porridge oats
  • 350ml milk or water, or a mixture of the two



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  • Greek yogurt, thinned with a little milk and clear honey, to serve



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  1. Put the oats in a saucepan, pour in the milk or water and sprinkle in a pinch of salt. Bring to the boil and simmer for 4-5 minutes, stirring from time to time and watching carefully that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Or you can try this in a microwave. Mix the oats, milk or water and a pinch of salt in a large microwaveproof bowl, then microwave on High for 5 minutes, stirring halfway through. Leave to stand for 2 minutes before eating.

  2. To serve. Pour into bowls, spoon yogurt on top and drizzle with honey.

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Comments (37)

jlc1971's picture

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jlc1971's picture

I tried Champa's variation and it was delicious. It tasted like Christmas pudding. It seemed a lot for one person though, so next time I'll reduce the quantities of oats and milk. I used unsweetened soya milk and added some dried chopped apricots and half a banana. Definitely going on my list!

prettyfaerie's picture

The calorie count is correct as it's a small portion. If you double up to around 100g of oats, that's when you hit the 300 kCal mark.
Amy (",)

sopranonut's picture

Was about to point out the sam. Have no idea how they got such a low calorie count - definately more like 300.

juoolz's picture

I would like to point out that the Kcal count is way of (its more like 300). Apart from that a great foundation recipe which enables you to add all sorts of variation's.

catharine's picture

I make my porridge with water and soya milk, put a good dollop of natural youghurt on top, then add some frozen raspberries and blueberries which I have zapped in the micorwave for a minute. Topped off with some chopped nuts and cinnamon - a real feast in the morning and it keeps me full till lunch.

mocha17000's picture

Extremely nice, I was a bit naughty and added a little squirt of chocolate soya milk, and on the top I put agave syrup, lime juice and 1/2 a sliced banana, really good!

gadolf's picture

I use the steel cut oats and take a handful of frozen blueberries out of the freezer and give a quick zap in the microwave before I add them to the cooked oats. I then add a tablespoon of maple syrup! Yummy!

joanne.webb's picture

I started having porridge for breakfast when I was told I had high cholestrol and after about 6 months of having porridge and having soya milk it had brought my cholestrol right down, I love mone with wirth banana and honey or some dried figs, put the dried figs chopped up in first before heating and when it is cooked all the seeds are released and it tastes great. Sometimes for a change I put in some raspberry jam instead of honey, delicious. I have never tried soaking them overnight as suggested so I will give this a try.

capricorntwenty's picture

I am 60 years of age and very fit and healthy, for each morning I have a bowl of porridge cooked in the ratio of one of oats to two of liquid, plus salt and sugar to taste. Normally the liquid is one of milk to one of water, but all water is fine. I cook it on the stove-top and near the end add chopped banana or apricots, apples and any fruit.

Oats are the healthiest source of food and I can just have a large bowl in the morning and nothing else all day long, as it slowly releases energy. I have managed to convert many people to the cause and they all report weight-loss and have abandoned diets after not feeling the need for an evening meal.

So, long live the oats !!!

eastlight's picture

I live in Thailand where it's baking hot most of the time but guess what I have for breakfast each and every day - yes! Porridge! I love the stuff and have been eating it for 20 plus years. In fact I might go and have some now!

hopeth's picture

Porridge has always been my favourite breakfast. It's like the never-tiring baby food :P

I love my porridge with a bit of cinnamon and grated apple.

Simply perfect!

vcross's picture

THIS IS THE QUICKEST WAY TO MAKE PORRIDGE - I mix my porridge oats + 2 tsp dried milk, with boiling water,strait from the kettle. Then microwave for 60 seconds,stiring halfway. Let it stand for 2-3 minutes then add pinch salt & cold milk. Serve with any chopped or dried fruit

carmel_keenan's picture

If you soak the porridge overnight, it tastes a lot better and cooks quicker too. I cook it in the microwave for 2 mins, take out stir and cook for another 2 minutes. I use Tesco Organic Sweetened Soya Milk and its yummy. When cooked i add a teaspoon of manuka honey. A good healthy breakfast!

dhyan_champa's picture

Hi. I dislike the taste and texture of porridge cooked in 5 minutes as described in your recipe, so I thought I'd share with you my "Christmas Pud" style porridge which I love. I soak a cupful of oatmeal or porridge oats overnight with a big handful of mixed dried fruit or raisins (for anyone who doesn't like the peel) and sometimes a couple of prunes and apricots for a change. In the morning I add a generous pinch of cinnamon and a good grating of nutmeg. I cook this (covered with a plate) for about 6 minutes on medium high in the microwave. Remove and stir and if all the water has been taken up, add milk or water (I use soya - it gives a lovely creamy taste). Put back in the microwave and cook on high for four or five minutes. Take out and stir well again. Serve with another splash of milk and a sprinkle of brown sugar or honey. You'll never want to eat plain porridge again!

sammd001's picture

Mashed banana does it for me. It's delicious with porridge! If you want a more wicked concoction, try chocolate drops. They melt and turn the porridge into a yummy breakfast.

katerina's picture

In the end of cooking I usually add dryed apricots (cutted into small pieces). It makes porridge more rich and testy.


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