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Best Scottish Porridge oats recipes – How to make a healthy, cholesterol lowering breakfast.

Updated on December 1, 2012

Porridge with fruit and strawberry jam

Porridge with apple, banana, dried apricots and home made raspberry jam
Porridge with apple, banana, dried apricots and home made raspberry jam | Source

The best porridge oats recipe ever

Porridge oats must be one of the healthiest foods on the planet. But porridge oats on their own are more of a punishment than a pleasure. Only wild Scottish Highlanders can survive on a sporran full of salted oats and a drink of water. To raise porridge from the mundane to the magnificent we need to add something. This is the great strength of porridge oats. They are the food equivalent of a blank canvass and you can be the artist waiting to create a unique breakfast masterpiece.

The best porridge oats ever
The best porridge oats ever

Basic Porridge Oats - How to make porridge

Porridge oats come in a multitude of forms. Basic cheap and cheerful, boil it up in a pan porridge is the lowest cost option and you don't really need anything more. If you are short of time there are many 'instant' varieties that you can just add boiling water to or cook in the microwave. The basic recipe is a cupful of porridge oats to two to three cupfuls of milk or water. You don't need to be too scientific about proportions. If after heating for 3 – 4 minutes it's like concrete then add more fluid. If too runny stir in some more oats.

Porridge and Fruit Ingredients

  • 1 cup porridge oats, organic
  • 2 cups milk, skimmed or semi skimmed or full fat if you dare
  • 1 banana, chopped
  • Half apple, chopped
  • 2-3 dried apricots, chopped

Porridge Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: 1 cup of porridge for 2 people

Porridge Instructions

  1. Add porridge and milk to pan.
  2. Bring to simmer over a medium heat - not too hot or it will catch and burn. Then simmer for 2-3 minutes until smooth like a thick yoghurt.

Sexing it up - porridge with fruit, nuts, jam and spices

My personal favourite is to add chopped up apple with a handful of assorted nuts and dried fruit (raisins and sultanas). If it's Christmas you can add cranberries and a sprinkle of cinnamon. If you prefer an exotic taste then a teaspoon of ground ginger is very warming.

Almost any fruit is good, Blueberries, Bananas, let your creativity run free to tickle your taste buds.

Most people like a little sweetener with their porridge. Sugar is the easiest especially brown sugar, honey is more healthy and my old man liked syrup on his, but my personal favourite is Strawberry Jam. I'm lucky to have an allotment and so can grow my own fruit which mostly goes in the jam pot. If you are on high protein and low carb diet then by all means use an artificial sweetener.

If you think porridge oats on their own, even with fruit and jam, can be more than a little claggy, then add a little milk or cream to the bowl. Porridge has the head retention properties of molten lava, so a little milk helps to make it cool enough to shovel down with gusto.

Is porridge healthy?

Researchers at the University of Toronto in Canada found that a diet rich in foods, such as oats and nuts, was more effective in lowering cholesterol levels than by cutting out saturated fats alone.

So go ahead and fill up on porridge oats for a healthy and sustaining breakfast.

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      Johnny Parker 3 years ago from Birkenhead, Wirral, North West England

      chef-de-jour thanks for stopping by, I was actually reading your comment while eating my porridge!

      Sallybea - thanks for reading and commenting, that's a lovely picture. Porridge is pretty much a blank canvas, you can mix all sorts of your favourite things with it. I've just discovered the joy of Rhubarb and porridge!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Johnny Parker

      As a child, I enjoyed oats cooked on the top of anthracite burning Aga stove, usually with the addition of a spoonful of honey, jam or syrup placed in a well in the middle. I have never tried it with some of the items suggested above and I look forward to trying a few.

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      Andrew Spacey 3 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      What a fine idea, delicious to boot. Porridge is wonderful when given special treatment - your version is a classic, I'm slavering at the mouth.

      Connolly! Get the oats ready and no jokes with the words wild and sow in them.

      Votes and a share.

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      Johnny Parker 4 years ago from Birkenhead, Wirral, North West England

      Sounds good Al. Porridge is also good with cinnamon and ginger dusting. The porridge is pretty much a blank canvas to pint your breakfast on.

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      Arterial 4 years ago

      1 part Mornflake Jumbo Oats, 1 part milk (try Almond milk for a treat) Microwave for 5 min, stir, then further five minutes. Sliced banana, Semi skimmed or Almond milk. No sugar or other sweetener. Traditionally the Scots make it with water and salt and eat it unadorned. No more hypo moments mid morning if you start the day with Porridge how ever you like it... And as the man says, a serious cholesterol buster...

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      Arls 6 years ago

      my personal fav is an orange and handful of choc chips with a wee bit of cinnamon. Yum

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      Johnny Parker 6 years ago from Birkenhead, Wirral, North West England

      Many thanks for the comment Thranax. Sex and porridge equals embarrassing burns ;-)

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      Andrew 6 years ago from Rep Boston MA

      You actually used the words sex and porridge on the same page. I see visions of an Apocalypse.

      Seriously sounds good though!



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