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The best plain porridge recipe

You have just discovered the best plain porridge recipe, and is the only porridge recipe you’ll ever need. The base for all those delicious toppings.

[In this post you’ll find me referring porridge to oatmeal quite a lot, they are essentially exactly the same, just different words. Oatmeal is just more familiar to those in America than the UK.]

This is by far the best tasting plain porridge, and is my go to porridge recipe. I’ve experimented with so many ratios of porridge to liquid, but never seemed to reach the desired consistency…Until NOW

This recipe is also perfect for whatever flavor combinations and toppings you’d like to add. You can create a peanut butter flavored porridge, a chocolate protein powder porridge or hell even a creme brulee inspired porridge! The texture will remain the same.

This recipe has converted many porridge haters to complete fans who now eat it everyday!

Health Benefits of This Plain Porridge Recipe

Porridge – Oats are incredibly nutritious, and contain more protein and fat than any other grain. They are filled with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals

Chia seeds – Despite its tiny size, chia seeds are an excellent source of omega 3’s and fiber. To get its full benefits it is best to consume at least 1 ½ tbsp chia seeds a day. So feel free to add more or less to your own porridge, or scatter some more on top. You can even try and incorporate it into your other meals!

Bananas – One banana consists almost exclusively of water and carbs, and holds little protein and no fat. However they are an excellent source of fiber, vitamin B6 & C and may improve your blood sugar levels.

Honey – Honey is rich in health-promoting plant compounds known as polyphenols; these are responsible for its antioxidant properties. As well as its antibacterial and antifungal power

They’re also thought to be the reason raw honey has shown immune-boosting and anticancer benefits. However, heavy processing destroys these valuable nutrients. So try and opt for natural, local honey that hasn’t been processed, with no added sugars.

However, as honey is still sugar, you must still control the amount you are consuming. You should have no more than six teaspoons (24 grams) daily.

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Best way to sweeten plain oatmeal

In my opinion the best things to add to plain oatmeal are

  • A simple drizzle of honey on your oatmeal
  • For an even more immune boosting and nutritious breakfast, you can add dates or berries to your oatmeal, for some added texture and sweetness.

The best way to flavor plain oatmeal

Looking for something special, more adventurous?

Why not try my:

  • Peanut butter supreme oatmeal
  • Ultra Chocolate Protein oatmeal
  • Creme brulee oatmeal

Best toppings for oatmeal

My go to oatmeal/porridge toppings are 

  • Granola, at the moment I’m really loving Gorilla’s Keto chocolate orange granola.
  • Berries, I find berries bring freshness and coolness to the oatmeal, which is really refreshing with the warm oatmeal.
  • Peanut butter, crunchy or smooth whatever you fancy, but that peanut flavor really lifts it all up.
  • Banana, you see it on all oatmeal insta pic’s, the super cool banana slices neatly positioned around the oatmeal bowl. Not only does it look pretty. It again adds freshness and sweetness to the oatmeal too.

Let me know in the comments below what your favorite porridge/oatmeal toppings are, and if you have any suggestions for any new recipes you’d like to see, let me know below!

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The best original porridge recipe

Best plain oatmeal recipe

The only porridge recipe you’ll ever need. The base for all those delicious toppings.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan
Keyword dairy free
Prep Time 0 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 214kcal


  • Pan
  • Breakfast Bowl


  • 50 g Gluten free oats
  • 200 ml Water
  • 1/2 tbsp Chia seeds
  • 30 g Banana puree (approx ½ banana blitzed)
  • 1 tbsp Honey


  • Combine all the ingrdients into a pan and whisk on medium, high heat for around 6-10 mins or until it begins to thicken.
  • Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl


For topping, sweetening and flavour recommendations read the post above for more advice 🙂

Check out my recipe for topping and flavor ideas, excellent flavors are chocolate orange, and peanut butter supreme.

Your thoughts on my plain porridge recipe

Like always let me know your thoughts on this recipe, leave a comment below and tag me on instagram if you use my recipe so I can see all your lovely creations 🙂

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