Breakfast Recipes

Recipes || 3 Porridge Recipes for People Who Don’t Like Porridge

With the cold weather firmly upon us now, my regular yogurt and granola breakfast just doesn’t really feel like it’s cutting it any more. And  in my ever-increasing strive to eat healthily most of the time so that I can continue to eat cakes and other delicious things, I don’t want to revert back to my old ‘eat any leftover for breakfast’ ways.  

My mom has been extolling the virtues of porridge for years, having it most mornings. Usually around 5 am because that woman is a legend. But I spent most of my life refusing to eat it because it tastes like slimy cardboard. 

My fight against porridge discrimination is going reasonably well, and I’m learning to love it. I love that it is just a flavour sponge for anything that I want to put it in. I love that it keeps me full till lunch. I love that it warms my tum when I am otherwise freezing. 

All my porridge recipes start off the same, as I use the same base for them all. I always use equal parts liquid and oats. Since I usually am only making porridge for myself, I’ve found the exact proportions for me. And since it’s usually early in the morning, I don’t like to think about measurements and weights. I’ve found a “mug” system that works easily for me. I use half a mug of oats. I add that to my pan, followed by 1/4th a mug of skimmed milk, and 1/4 a mug of water. I cook my porridge over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed. Whilst my porridge is cooking away, I give the mug a quick wash and re-use it for my coffee. 

3 porridge recipes for people who don't like porridge

For the Nut Lovers: 
almond porridge

>>> For this nutty almond porridge, I added a drop of almond extract to my milk when I added it into the pan. I finished my porridge off by topping it with almond butter, flaked almonds and a dash of honey for sweetness. 


For those who want French Toast: 
pouring syrup

>>> While not particularly elegant, this porridge combination is one of my favourites. I added a drop of vanilla extract to my milk, along with a dash of cinnamon. I finished the porridge off with a dollop of strawberry jam, and a (generous) drizzle of maple syrup. I usually do a dash more cinnamon for good measure. 

raspberry and syrup porridge

For the Chocolate Fiends: 
raspberry nutella porridge
nutella and coffee

>>> This is my easiest porridge of all as nothing is added to the base mixture. I just add a teaspoons worth of nutella and a helping of raspberries. No extra sweetener is needed with all that lovely nutella! The biggest perk to this one is that the porridge soaks up all the nutella flavour; I can trick myself into thinking that I’m being healthy, whilst really I’m just eating chocolate.

rasberry porridge
My biggest gripe with porridge is that it becomes an unbreakable glue after it’s set out and cleaning the porridge bowl can be a struggle. My top tip for cleaning up after you eat porridge? Even if you don’t have time to wash your dishes before you go to work, fill the pan and bowl up with water and leave them to soak all day and they’ll clean right off when you get home. 

I guess this post makes it very clear that I have neither dishwasher nor microwave! 

What’s your go-to winter breakfast? 

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  • Welcome to the dark side (I’m surprised it’s taken you so long! πŸ˜‰ ) porridge is a glorious delicious staple in my diet, I just need to sometimes wake up a bit earlier so I can have time to make it in the morning! Your mum is a hero! Alice xxx

    • My mind just can’t fathom naturally waking up so early. How?! Why?! x

      • Ohh so it’s not that she has to get up that early to go to work? Wow, she must get so much done each day! I actually had porridge this morning to make me feel better after ready this post and ringing the office to say I’d work from home! Xx

        • Haha Love it! No, she’s does leave for work really early, but she’s a natural early riser anyways! x

  • I love porridge so I have no issue eating it but OMG I need to try that choccy one πŸ™‚

  • I love porridge, but should really consider adding nutella to it. Yum! I normally add strawberry jam and a tiny bit of butter. I’ve never liked milk so I don’t add it at all.

  • I love porridge, I have it almost every morning int he winter. Right now I love adding some pumpkin and coconut butter to it.

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    I love porridge, one of my favourite foods ever! The chocolate one looks like a dessert!
    Lots of love,
    SilverSpoon London

  • I’ve never really been a porridge fan either – the consistency kinda reminds me of thick glue, and whenever I find myself eating it (when there’s nothing else in the cupboard) I always end up sprinkling just a bit too much sugar on top to hide the blandness. Never thought of adding any type of essence though during the making. Your nutty recipe actually sounds tempting! πŸ™‚
    Claire cc

    • Thanks Claire! I am guilty of adding too much sweetness to make it appetising though πŸ˜‰ xx

  • I absolutely love porridge, but I can totally understand why some people don’t like it. Although, with these awesome toppings, I’m sure you’ve changed some minds on that. What’s not to love with the nutella and raspberries combo? And I love adding nuts to my porridge – the almond variation is very similar to what I do each morning. Never though of adding a dollop of almond butter though – such a great idea! xx

  • I go through porridge phases too. Try nutella AND peanut butter. Yum. Cinnamon and honey is always my fail safe, with some dried cranberries thrown in too.

  • I love me some porridge, I am usually lazy though and go for the microwaveable kind with some coconut milk – delish! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

    • Quicker morning porridge is tempting me into finally getting a microwave after years of not having one! x

  • Firstly, this is just awesome – such a brilliant post idea. Secondly, I laughed and nodded my head and wowed at your brilliance for including how hard it can be to get leftover porridge away from a clean bowl. And finally, I laughed and cried when I heard you don’t have a dishwasher or microwave – in fact, these facts were not obvious to me because I have both but I never use them so it did not seem strange to me at all that you were cooking your porridge on the stove and washing up afterward hahaha Welcome to Europe, I suppose, right? xx

    • Yep! Although I think I would actually find a microwave semi-useful, but I’ve gotten on for so long without one that it’s not a big deal. πŸ™‚ xx

  • Definitely soak the bowl or it’s a nightmare to clean! At the moment I am enjoying fruity granola or porridge with, you guessed it, nutella!

  • I don’t know why porridge gets such bad press. I’ve always been happy enough with its existence. Though I do coat it in a ridiculous amount of sugar. That is true of most things though…

    • It’s the gelatinous bland texture that used to put me off. But when you coat it in things that are less healthy it tastes pretty darn good! xx

  • It’s very weird because I used to love these sachets of Quaker oatmeal back home, but the Brit eats porridge most morning and I tasted it once and it was the most awful thing! I really do need to try some of your recipes because they actually look good!xx

  • The maple syrup one looks so good!
    I am an oatmeal fanatic and mashing a banana into the base mixture (if you like bananas, that is) has been a game changer. Then add cinnamon, chia seeds (if you have), nuts, cranberries, and any other toppings. Definitely my go-to!