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The Best Porridge Toppings

Look no further if you’re looking for the best porridge topping ideas. There are plenty of things that you can add to your porridge to make it more interesting.

Did you ever think porridge was boring or only a diet-friendly dish?

To your surprise, it doesn’t have to taste the same every time, and with all of the different porridge oat flavours at Oat Pantry, you can enjoy a different flavour of porridge every morning. View our porridge flavours here.

We want to show you that there are a lot of choices when it comes to making porridge. There are so many different flavours and lots of tasty varieties of toppings to make breakfast something worth jumping out of bed for!

What Can I Put On Top Of Porridge?

Healthy Porridge Toppings

Everyone loves porridge. It’s comforting, filling, and most of all, warm. But when it comes to porridge toppings, the options are endless. There’s so much you can eat.

By using some of these topping ideas, you can add extra nutritional benefits to your morning breakfast bowl.

Delicious Porridge Topping Ideas

Dark chocolate, cherries, hazelnuts and flaked almond toppings

An ingenious topping is quickly prepared, ideally while the porridge is cooking. It turns the breakfast into a small work of art and tastes unbelievably good with the creamy porridge.

That’s why we will look at some of the most popular porridge ingredients that people tend to put on their porridge. These toppings can all be great options when making breakfast.

Types of Healthy Porridge Toppings

Porridge is unappealing without a nutritious topping. To make a complete meal, experiment with a variety of toppings.

Here are some great ideas for porridge toppings you can use.

Crunchy Porridge Toppings

1.       Nuts 

As nuts offer a crunchy bite to the fairly soft oat flakes, nuts truly make porridge the perfect breakfast. Which nuts you want to use is entirely up to personal preference: cashews, hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, pistachios, peanuts, pine nuts, nutmeg, or coconut chips all work nicely with oat flakes. If you enjoy a variety of nuts, choose a nut mix.

2.      Seeds 

Seeds are well recognized as superfoods. Adding a variety of seeds boosts the nutritious value of the porridge. You can use chia seeds, flaxseed, sunflower seeds, or pumpkin seeds as a crunchy porridge topping.

Tip: Grind or sprinkle them over hot or cold porridge.

3.      Sweet Porridge Toppings

You don’t have to do this, but it can make your porridge sweeter if you have a sweet tooth in the morning and want to avoid sugary cereals and so on.

Honey, maple syrup, date syrup, grape juice, cocoa, and brown sugar are excellent natural sweeteners.

Tip: Simply pour your preferred natural sweetener over your hot or cold porridge and enjoy.

4.     Fruity Porridge Toppings 

Fruits give fruity characteristics to the oat flakes. They’re especially good with hot or cold porridge or overnight oats. If you want a cost effective and good shelf life solution, consider frozen fruit in particular.

Apples, bananas, pomegranates, pears, cherries, kiwi, figs, peaches, and berries like strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, and raspberries can all be added.

Tip: Fruits should be added at the end as a topping for overnight oats and porridge. This way, the fruits will keep beautifully fresh and crunchy.

5.      Spicy Oats Topping

You could try different spices, whether with porridge, baked oats, or overnight oats. We recommend cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg, ginger, turmeric, and allspice.

Tip: Start gently and blend spices for a unique flavour experience. It is advisable to use ground spices since they are more evenly distributed and taste better in porridge. If you just want a hint of extra spice, simply add a little sprinkle on top.

6.     Low-Calorie Porridge Toppings

We understand that a lot of people who have porridge in the morning, are looking for a healthy, calorie controlled breakfast option. This is why we have worked with our in-house Nutritionist to develop our unique flavours of porridge, but it’s also why we understand when it comes to toppings nutritious options are key.

Oat Pantry Maple & Pecan Pie Porridge topped with chopped pecans, maple syrup and a pinch of cinnamon.

Here we’re going to share some low-calorie and high nutrition porridge topping ideas you could try:

  • Sliced banana + chopped walnuts + pinch of cinnamon
  • Dark chocolate chips + chopped hazelnuts
  • Cranberries + chopped apples + cinnamon + nutmeg
  • Chopped fig + pistachios
  • Dark chocolate chips + chopped almonds + shredded coconut chips
  • Raspberries + dark chocolate chips + chia seeds
  • Pumpkin puree + maple syrup + chopped pecans + pinch of pumpkin pie spice

The Final Takeaway!

Do you normally have breakfast at work on weekdays? Then here’s some fantastic advice for you: Separately pack your porridge toppings!

You will need three different containers.

  1. A container in which to carry your porridge/overnight oats (we have a great single serve overnight oats jar here).
  2. Second, a container for your porridge topping (chopped fruits or any of the above-mentioned natural sweeteners like maple syrup or honey).
  3. The final one is for crunchy toppings such as nuts, seeds, kernels, and chocolate.

So you have all of the ingredients for your breakfast ready and may have a perfectly prepared porridge with toppings in the workplace. We bet your colleagues will envy you!

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How To Make The Best Porridge

When it comes to healthy breakfast recipes, the one dish that is universally popular among the masses is none other than porridge. It’s easy to make and is bursting with nutrients.

Packed with high amounts of fibre, oats are low in cholesterol. The cherry on top is that they are loaded with complex carbs and plant-based proteins. The easy-to-digest quality of oats makes them an ideal option for breakfast. Also, if you add more healthy foods like nuts and fresh fruits into it, you’ve reached a chef’s kiss level of goodness and deliciousness.

Healthy Methods for Making Porridge

Porridge can be made on a stove, in a microwave or baked in the oven. The best thing about porridge is that it’s quick, convenient, keeps you fuller for longer, and it’s easy to make. Just grab your desired flavour of oats from Oat Pantry, and you’re ready to go. 

Below we detail out the different ways you can serve porridge.

Porridge In A Microwave:

If you’re that person who can’t spend 20 minutes in the kitchen making breakfast for yourself, then microwave porridge is the best one for you. Apart from being highly nutritious, microwave porridge can be made in around two minutes. Here are some tips for making the perfect bowl of porridge in a microwave.

Method For Cooking In A Microwave:

  1. Make sure to set your microwave setting to a default high power.
  2. Use a deep bowl as it allows the oats to sink in better, making them more fluffy.
  3. Optional: cover the bowl with a microwave-safe plate to help the porridge oats soak in more moisture resulting in fluffier oats.
  4. All microwaves work differently, so look for the cooking times that is best suitable for your desired liking of the oats. Don’t worry; after your first batch, you’ll get the idea of what time is best suitable for your microwave.

Porridge On A Stove:

Oat Pantry Cherry Bakewell Porridge made on the stove and topped with fresh pears and almonds

While making porridge in a microwave is quick and easy, making it on a stove is far more satisfying and delicious than you think. It is a bit more time-consuming, but it’s worth it in the end. Porridge made on a stove is much creamier than the microwave because it is slow-cooked.

  1. For starters, take a pan and put it on the stove.
  2. Add your desired liquid. It can be water, milk, or both. Bring the liquid to a boil.
  3. Lower the heat and then add the oats.
  4. Cook them until they absorb all the liquid and increase in size. Keep stirring.
  5. Your stove porridge will be ready in 4-5 minutes.

Baked Oats In An Oven:

Oat Pantry Maple & Pecan Pie Porridge served as baked oats with blueberries

If you ever get the chance to try baked oats, definitely give them a try. Everyone who tries baked oats quickly becomes a fan of it. It does take some time to bake, but in the end, it’s worth it. Unlike stovetop or microwaved porridge, baked oats are more like a cake consistency. You can top it with your favourite nuts for a crunchy topping or add a spoon of your favourite nut butter to the centre for a creamy middle.

Baked oats in an oven are easy to make, and your oven does the work for you. Just grab your favourite ready-to-make porridge flavour from Oat Pantry, and you’re ready to go. Here’s a list of things you need to do for making baked oats.

  1. First, preheat oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6.
  2. Place 40g oats, 1 tsp maple syrup, 1 egg or chia egg (1 tbsp of chia seeds mixed with 3 tbsp of water – let it sit for 15-20 mins) and 100g plain yoghurt into a bowl and mix together.
  3. Pour mixture into a small ovenproof dish and bake for 25-30 mins, or until browned, and you’re good to go.

Oats With Water Or Oats With Milk: Which One Is Better?

Eating healthy is as important as staying fit and active. No doubt, porridge has become the number one meal of choice for breakfast. But, there’s still a difference of opinion when making oats with milk or water.

The truth is that both are correct.

Oats taken with milk are more thick and creamy in texture. Milk also fulfils your protein requirement and is great for enhancing the dish’s overall flavour. On the other hand, water makes the dish lower in calories and is a perfect weight-loss dish.

The Final Takeaway:

Porridge is much more than a convenient breakfast meal. It is fuss-free, can be made in minutes, is delicious, and the best part, it keeps you energized and feeling fuller for longer throughout the day.

With Oat Pantry’s unique porridge flavours and the best quality ingredients, making porridge is just one step away. 

Order your favourite flavours of porridge right now from 

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Cherry Bakewell Scrambled Oats

If you haven’t tried scrambled oats yet then you NEED to try this protein packed breakfast!

Especially when our different flavours of porridge oats make it super easy to serve up a delicious bowl of scrambled oats.

What are scrambled oats?

Scrambled oats is a unique and delicious twist on traditional porridge. It is a breakfast dish that combines the comforting texture of porridge with the flavours and presentation of scrambled eggs. Unlike the traditional preparation method of cooking oats in boiling water or milk, scrambled oatmeal involves whisking the oats with eggs and cooking them together on a hob.


• 60g Oat Pantry Cherry Bakewell Porridge Oats

• 1 banana mashed

• 1 egg or for a vegan substitute use a chia egg (1 tbsp chia seeds to 2.5 tbsp water), or 3 tbsp peanut butter


  1. Place the oats, banana and egg (or egg replacement) into a small mixing bowl, stir together until well combined.
  2. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and transfer the oat mixture to the pan. Spread it out in an even layer and allow it to cook until it starts to set, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Use a spatula to scramble the mixture (like you would if you were making scrambled eggs) and cook on the other side until browned, about 3 more minutes or until you’ve reached your desired golden colour/texture.
  4. Serve with your choice of yoghurt and we also added a quick mixed berry compote to ours (made by microwaving a small handful of frozen berries in a small microwave safe bowl for 1 minute in 30 second intervals).
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Cinnamon Bun Batter Oats

A smooth & creamy breakfast which has the taste and texture of cake batter.

These healthy Cinnamon Bun Batter Oats can be enjoyed hot or cold and is suitable for those following a vegan & gluten-free lifestyle.



  • 40g Oat Pantry Cinnamon Bun Porridge Oats blended into a flour consistency
  • 100ml milk of choice
  • 80ml water
  • 2 tbsp plain yoghurt of choice


  • 2 tbsp plain yoghurt of choice
  • 1/3 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • Handful of frozen raspberries
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • drizzle of maple syrup


  1. Place the oats, milk, water and yoghurt into a saucepan on a low to medium heat, and continuously mix for about 2 minutes or until thickened.
  2. Serve into a bowl and top with 2 tbsp of plain yoghurt pre-mixed with 1/3 scoop of vanilla protein powder.
  3. Then top with a pre-made raspberry jam – to make the jam microwave the frozen raspberries, chia seeds and maple syrup. Microwave for 1 minute at a time until the fruit becomes soft and then mash with a fork until you get a jammy consistency.
  4. Enjoy!
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Peanut Butter & Jam Granola Parfait

With the warmer weather we thought we’d share some refreshing summer inspired breakfast ideas, starting with this delicious PB & J Granola Parfait, with a homemade strawberry jam base.

We think peanut butter and jam is one of the top breakfast food combos ever. Sweet, salty, and rich, all in one delicious bite.


  • Oat Pantry Peanut Butter Granola
  • a few tbsps of yoghurt of your choosing
  • a handful of fresh strawberries
  • 1 tbsp of chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp of water
  • a small drizzle of maple syrup


  1. Make the strawberry jam by microwaving for 1 1/2 mins on full power the strawberries (diced into smaller pieces), the maple syrup, water and chia seeds.
  2. Once microwaved mash with a fork into a mushier/jam like consistency.
  3. Allow to cool and then spoon into the base of your glass or jar, layer with yoghurt and then our Oat Pantry Peanut Butter Granola.
  4. Top with an optional drizzle of peanut butter.
  5. Enjoy!
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Cinnamon Carrot & Apple Porridge Topping

Mix up your morning Oat Pantry Porridge, and get well on the road to 5-a-day by adding a delicious topping of cinnamon spiced carrot and apple. This porridge topping recipe pairs perfectly with our Oat Pantry Carrot Cake Porridge, bringing in extra sweetness, fibre and vitamins.


  • 1 small carrot
  • 1 apple
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • dash of lemon juice


  1. To make the topping grate a small carrot and dice an apple.
  2. Then add these to a small saucepan over a medium heat.
  3. Add a tablespoon of maple syrup, a teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/3 cup of raisins and a dash of lemon juice.
  4. Continually stir, whilst heating it for approx. 5-10 mins until the apple & carrot was nicely softened.

You can make this ahead of time and reheat when serving with your favourite Oat Pantry Porridge bowl, we highly recommend serving it with our Oat Pantry Carrot Cake Porridge.

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Stewed Plum Porridge

Autumn is in full swing and with the weather being a bit more crisp and cold in the mornings, we think this calls for a warming bowl of Oat Pantry Porridge.


6 plums
4 tbsp coconut sugar
3 tbsp water
2 tbsp orange juice
1 cinnamon stick optional


1. Wash, de-stone and halve the plums (leave the skin on).
2. Place the coconut sugar, water, orange juice and cinnamon stick into a medium-sized pot over a medium heat and simmer, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves.
3. Add the plums and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until the fruit is soft and begins to break down. Keep an eye on it as very ripe plums will cook faster and will get mushier. You want the plums to still be intact, but be soft and cooked through.
4. Remove and discard the cinnamon stick.

We topped our Oat Pantry Maple & Pecan Porridge (we which made with unsweetened almond milk) with our hot off the stove stewed plums, crumbled pistachios, pumpkin seeds and a drizzle of maple syrup.

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Recipe: Granola & Raspberry Parfait

This Granola & Raspberry parfait is a great way to enjoy fresh summer berries, but you can switch it up throughout the year. In the winter months, we like to eat yoghurt with fresh citrus fruit which are also really tasty.

The best part about granola parfaits is that you can top them with so many things. As mentioned, fresh berries are great when they’re around, but you could also use pears, clementines, dried apricots, literally whatever you think you’d enjoy.


  • 1/3 cup yoghurt
  • 1/3 cup Oat Pantry granola
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup


  • Spoon some of the yoghurt into a small glass and top with some of the granola.
  • Add a sprinkling of berries, and add a drizzle of maple syrup.
  • Continue layering the ingredients until you’ve used them all.
  • Serve immediately.

Tips & Notes

Feel free to use any flavour of yoghurt that you like. Some great plant based yoghurts are almond yoghurt, coconut yoghurt. Also adding in some seeds and nuts, is great for extra crunch and a boost in omega 3.

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Recipe: No Added Sugar Berry Compote

This scrumptious and versatile fruit compote is super easy to make. Try swirling it into your morning porridge, drizzling it on top of your overnight oats or adding it into baked oats. 


  • 1 cup diced strawberries
  • 3 cups raspberries
  • 3 cups cherries
  • 8-10 black berries
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pear, grated with a fine grater (or diced mango)
  • 4 tsp ground chia seeds


  1. Place berries, chia seeds and grated pear or mango in a small saucepan on medium heat. Reserve one cup of cherries and raspberries for later.
  2. Add water and heat for about 8-10 minutes. The heat will start to soften and break down the berries
  3. Add the reserved cherries and let soften for 5 minutes but they will still hold their shape.
  4. Add the reserved raspberries & vanilla, stir and remove the saucepan from heat.
  5. Give the compote a taste. The compote will thicken as it cools.
  6. Once it’s cool, store compote in a tightly sealed jar and keep refrigerated for up to two weeks.