Perfect porridge

Perfect porridge

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(19 ratings)

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



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

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



    Yogurt is made by adding a number of types of harmless bacteria to milk, causing it to ferment.…


  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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icahlua's picture
23rd Jul, 2017
Don't feel bad khew, I think it is the right portion size if you want to be full up until lunch time! Can't skimp on breakfast. I made this with mainly almond milk and a little water to make this vegan. Sometimes have to add a bit extra if I accidentally cook it for too long.
khew's picture
25th Jun, 2017
Everyone saying this is too much for one person, is making me feel bad for eating this the past few weeks...
12th Nov, 2016
This is far too much for one person. Also, there's far too much milk for the amount of oats! I only came here looking for the amounts to use - and finished up with a bowl full of hot milk with some oats in. Not helpful.
20th Jun, 2015
This is lovely, but seems like a lot of porridge for one person- you may have to play around with the quantities.
22nd Mar, 2015
Soak your porridge in water overnight if possible, they cook quicker and taste creamier.
imgxmma's picture
19th Oct, 2014
I used 250ml of water and and 100ml of milk and it made the porridge just right for me(and less calories than using all milk)! I added golden syrup as i ran out of honey and half a banana. Not too bad if you ask me.
4th Mar, 2014
Try stirring in a spoonful if Nutella, yummy!
8th Mar, 2013
I think a lot of people are missing the point when they add things like brown sugar, apricots and bananas to the porridge. You're missing the subtle flavour of the oats when you mask it with sweeteners like these. This is by far the best way to make porridge, and the whole process only takes a few minutes: 1. Don't use Rolled Oats!! They turn into mush. Use proper ground oatmeal (or steel-cut if you can wait for 20 mins :)) 2. Ratio is 2 or 3 parts water to 1 part oatmeal (your preference) 3. Boil the water with 1/2 tsp salt. 4. Add oatmeal to water slowly, while stirring - this avoids clumps 5. Remove from heat and cover - there is enough heat left in the pot to finish up. Stir occasionally until the water has boiled off, then transfer to bowls - you'll know the consistency :) 6. Add a light splash of COLD milk and optionally, a light sprinkle of salt to taste. 7. Enjoy - this is the traditional and by far the best way to eat porridge! Steve
12th Feb, 2013
I am guessing that the calorie count is based on making it with water - although even then is isn't quite right. (Too many calorie counts just aren't very accurate - or compromise by making out that the dish is going to serve loads more people than it does.) Anyway - I'm a recent porridge convert and am going to be trying all these great ideas. A friend is making her's with almond milk which is on my options list.
16th Oct, 2012
Not bad but would be PERFECT if made with proper scottish oatmeal instead of pappy oatflakes. make up the scottish oatmeal in the same quantities as the recipe above except soak the oatmeal overnight in the liquid and then simmer on the hob as per recipe (I don't know if it would work in the microwave though). If you have never tried pinhead oatmeal or medium oatmeal you really really should give it a go!


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11th Nov, 2014
Great recipe but I always struggle with working out the measures (ml, grams etc) of weights & liquids. However, a friend of mine recommended a a great little gadget designed by a local guy in Devon that allows you to easily measure out the amounts of milk and oats to make a perfect porridge. The gadget is called 'pogo' and you can find it by searching for 'perfect porridge measure' on Google. Give it a try if like me you find measuring things out with scales a right pain!! It makes breakfast time SOOO much easier.
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2nd Aug, 2013
I love porridge but find the sugar spike I get from the high levels of carbohydrate leaves me hungry after a few hours. I use quinoa which is higher in protein and keeps me full right through till lunch. Hear my recipe suggestion for quinoa porridge