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4 Easy Vegan Porridge (Oatmeal) Recipes

What can I say other than I love porridge, therefore had to share 4 easy vegan porridge recipes with you which are healthy, gluten-free and delicious. What is your favourite breakfast? What gets you excited to start the day and gives you energy? Hands down my mega breakfast bowl of fruit and porridge every single day gives me energy, digests well, tastes yummy and I simply adore porridge.

Over the years I have dabbled with other breakfasts such as smoothies, lots of fruit, and homemade muesli, but they never satisfy and satiate the same way. I need both fruit and porridge, not just one of those, to enjoy and feel fully satiated afterwards. I have experimented enough to know my absolute favourite breakfast that ticks all the boxes for health, digestion, energy, satiety, delicious, nourishing, simple and family-friendly.

I make my beloved healthy vegan porridge, then keep it simple as it is or add another ingredient for a different flavour such as in these 4 easy vegan porridge recipes I am sharing with you. Once cooked I love to top it with a variety of fresh fruit and ground flaxseeds – yum! With a newborn in one arm and a child running around, these days I love to cosy back up in bed to eat this breakfast that nourishes my soul and body. It’s the little things mamas!!

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What is the ratio of oatmeal oat to water?

For 1 cup of oats, I use 1 cup of oat milk and then add a big glug of water to the pan. I add more water if needed during the cooking process. It really depends on the consistency of porridge you like and the type of oats you are using. I think adding oat milk (or any other preferred plant-based milk) is by far tastier than just using water to make porridge. The taste and texture are delicious!

What can I mix with porridge?

I absolutely love adding mashed banana to my porridge, it adds a subtle sweetness and creaminess. Other options for adding to the oats during cooking:

  • dates
  • applesauce
  • blueberries
  • raspberries
  • strawberries
  • blackberries
  • raisins/sultanas
  • maple or agave syrup
  • chia seeds
  • flaxseeds
  • peanut butter
  • almond butter
  • chopped nuts
  • flaked coconut
  • chocolate

Are porridge and oatmeal the same thing?

Yes, pretty much. Kinda. Generally speaking, the term porridge is used by us British folk and the term oatmeal is used by Americans. Going deeper than that, porridge is not only oats as it is a hot cereal including cooked foods such as corn, wheat, rice, buckwheat, quinoa and even potatoes. Therefore, oatmeal is a type of porridge due to the use of oats.

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Tips to make porridge even better

As a porridge fanatic, I have found what works for me to enjoy every mouthful of my warming breakfast every morning, but you might need something else for that full oaty goodness! Adding mashed banana was one of the game changers for me, here are a few tips to make porridge better:

  1. Add mashed banana to the oats
  2. Use oat milk and water to cook the oats
  3. Start with high heat when cooking to get the liquid bubbling then quickly turn down to a low heat
  4. Keep stirring the porridge to create a creamy thick porridge (never walk away from the pan!!! ever.)
  5. Once cooked always top with other yummy food – fresh fruit, seeds, nuts, dark chocolate, nut butter – whatever you love!

4 Easy Vegan Porridge Oatmeal Recipes

For all 4 porridge recipes follow the below ingredients and method as the base. For each different flavour add the ingredient at step 1 as shown in bold and underlined.


  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup oat milk
  • 1/2 banana mashed
  • Flavour
  • Water
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • Fruit options, pick a mix of any you desire:
    • apple
    • pear
    • orange
    • grapes
    • berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries etc)
    • mango
    • papaya
    • banana
    • pineapple
    • kiwi
    • nectarine
    • peach


  1. Add oats, oat milk, mashed banana and flavour to a pan. Add a glug of water (don’t add too much as you can always add more during the cooking process).
  2. Turn the pan to medium to high heat. Stir everything together. Once bubbling turn the heat down to low heat. Keep stirring.
  3. Add more water as desired. If you want a thick porridge add less water. If you like a thinner porridge add more water.
  4. Keep stirring until well combined, desired consistency and the oats have absorbed all ingredients. Takes about 10 minutes.
  5. Serve in a bowl and top with flaxseeds and desired fruit.
  6. Enjoy!

Cacao Porridge

Add 1 heaped tablespoon of cacao powder.

Hibiscus Porridge

Add 1 heaped teaspoon of hibiscus powder.

Carob Porridge

Add 1 heaped tablespoon of carob powder.

Cinnamon Porridge

Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder.

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