My hearty, healthy porridge recipe


Craig cooks up his healthy porridge Hi there,

As I write this I'm tucking into my new favourite breakfast, which I've named 'Craig's Hearty, Healthy Porridge'. It's so scrummy that I thought I'd share the recipe with you!

I've always liked porridge, but it can be a little bland sometimes. By adding a little twist I reckon this is the perfect breakfast to get you off to a great start, particularly on these chilly mornings!

You will need:
– a good pan (preferably a cook's essentials one with a good non-stick interior)
– a wooden spoon or cook's essentials silicone spatula (this is great for scrapping out the very last bits of the porridge from the pan!)
– 60g of porridge oats
– 300ml of milk or water (I like to do half and half)
– pinch of salt
– mixed berries of your choice
– maple syrup or honey
– sprinkle of ground cinnamon
– pumpkin, sunflower and flax seeds (optional)

Put the oats and milk in the pan... What to do:
– place the oats in the pan and add the milk/water; leave to soak for around 10 minutes to allow the oats to absorb the liquid and become soft
– bring the mixture to the boil, turn down the heat and simmer for a few minutes; add the pinch of salt
– take the porridge off the heat, pour into a good sized bowl and stir in a little cold milk to loosen the mixture
Pour the porridge into a good sized bowl... – top the porridge with your selection of berries (I love raspberries and blueberries), add a good drizzle of maple syrup or honey (I'm a maple guy every time!) and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon
– to finish off (and to get those all-important essential fatty acids) top everything off with the seeds; they will give it a lovely nutty crunch

Delicious! I serve this straight away while it's piping hot, and even the most avid non The finished porridge, ready for eating... porridge eaters love it!
Hope you enjoy the recipe, and please do let me know what you think of it – or what you add to your own porridge to make it extra special.

Happy eating!
Craig. x.


  1. Caroline J November 29, 2009 at 6:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Craig,
    Your recipe sounds fab so I’ll give it a try. I have porridge every day and make it with either soya or semi skimmed milk. I mix into it honey (or syrup for a weekend treat) and add in linseeds, sunflower and poppy seeds, an organic dried fig, apricot and prune with a couple of almonds, walnuts and a brazil nut. It’s delicious and a good way to get essential fats and helps me enormously as I’m on a low fat diet. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us :o) I always enjoy your blog and photos so keep up the good work.
    Hope you have a lovely Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year,
    Caz x

  2. Comfort December 15, 2009 at 12:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Craig,
    I also like porridge oats in the morning. Your recipe is very healthy and nutritious. I use everything you use except salt and instead of honey or maple syrup i use really sweet bananas and strawberries and sometimes apples and pears. I always use soy milk. Your healthy eating habits can be seen in your skin. Everytime you present something I always go on about how beautiful your hands and nails are to my children. keep up the good work and give us more of your recipes. Have a wonderful and blessed christmas and a prosperous new year.

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