Healthy Vegan Porridge Recipe

My favourite way to start the day is with a delicious breakfast, and my ultimate favourite breakfast is this healthy vegan porridge recipe. No matter what other breakfasts I try, nothing beats porridge with all the fruit toppings. It makes me happy, tastes good, satisfies my belly and taste buds, supports great digestion and is packed with healthy nutritious food.

Before diving into the recipe I want to dive into a few common questions that pop up for breakfasts, healthy breakfasts and vegan breakfasts so that I can help you make a healthy delicious choice in your morning. Us mums need all the energy and goodness in our bodies to do all the mum tasks and look after ourselves, and there is no greater form of self-care than healthy food.

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Common Questions About Vegan Porridge

I know you want to see the recipe, but bear with me. If you want to by-pass these questions just scroll down to the recipe. However, if you are needing a little guidance on porridge, eating vegan, or choosing healthy food, then keep reading below.

Can vegans eat porridge oats?

Yes, vegans can certainly eat porridge oats. Porridge is one of the best breakfasts to make vegan. It is simple to make if transitioning from a non-vegan porridge, and it is super healthy and packed with incredible nutrients to fill the body with energy for the morning.

To make the base of porridge vegan all you need is oats, plant-based milk (my preferred choice is Oatly oat milk), mashed banana (it adds sweetness) and water. That’s all you need to make porridge vegan. Ditch the ready-made porridge and sachets and make your own healthy version. Switch cow milk for plant-based milk, switch sugar and sweeteners for banana, and you have a simple healthy vegan porridge.

What is the healthiest way to eat porridge?

The healthiest way to eat porridge is by focusing on wholesome wholefoods. Instead of using ready-made and sachet porridge, buy a big bag of oats. All you need is 3 to 4 ingredients to make porridge – oats, plant-based milk, water, and the optional banana (which I believe is an essential ingredient). To make the porridge tastier and satisfying add healthy toppings such as fruit and seeds.

My go-to porridge toppings are a mix of fresh fruit and ground flaxseeds. On occasion, I add a piece of Lindt 90% dark chocolate which is vegan and not loaded with sugar. I do enjoy sugar on occasion but I don’t like to start my day with sugary foods, only nature’s delicious sugar from fruit.

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What vegan milk is best for porridge?

Fortunately, we have access to so many types and brands of vegan plant-based milk that you have many options to choose from. I find that certain vegan milk works best with specific meals and drinks. My go-to is always Oatly oat milk which I buy every week and use for porridge, some dinner recipes, baking, hot chocolate and cereal.

Options of vegan milk include: oat milk, soy milk, hemp milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, almond milk, hazelnut milk and rice milk. And then there are different ways that each brand produces these, some are creamier than others, some have a higher fat content, some are chocolate flavour, and some have added nutrients. It depends on your taste buds as to which vegan milk you prefer with porridge. I find that the Oatly oat milk is easy to find at most supermarkets, is affordable, tastes good, has minimal ingredients and works well with many meals.

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What do vegans eat for breakfast?

Is porridge not your thing for breakfast? Do you simply want to eat something else for breakfast? There are many options for vegan breakfasts that are tasty, filling, healthy and satisfying. Here are example vegan breakfasts:

  • Muesli with fruit
  • Granola with fruit
  • Overnight oats with fruit
  • Cereal
  • Fruit platter
  • Toast with peanut butter and jam
  • Smoothie
  • Smoothie bowl
  • Avocado on toast
  • Avocado and tomato sandwich
  • Tofu scramble

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Healthy Vegan Porridge Recipe


  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup oat milk
  • 1/2 banana mashed
  • 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 and mashed banana 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 a 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!
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Final Thoughts on a Healthy Vegan Porridge Recipe

Let me know if you make this recipe and how much you enjoy it. Making a healthy vegan breakfast can be easy and delicious, even as a busy mum, all it takes is a little extra effort to make time to look after yourself with healthy food to nourish your mind and body. We need it mamas!!

Leave a comment below and let me know what your favourite porridge topping is 🙂

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