Porridge is very versatile and you can make all sorts of delicious flavour combinations

What’s better than waking up to steaming hot porridge on a cold morning? Porridge with amazing toppings to banish the winter blues and keep you full up until lunch.

Cooking oat porridge in a rice cooker is really easy – you can set the timer before you go to sleep, then in the morning you just need to add some milk and toppings and you are ready to eat. The best thing about porridge is that it’s easily adapted to dietary requirements – like dairy-free, nut-free or vegan and with the abundance of frozen fruit available, it’s a cheap and filling way to start your day.

Steel cut oats are our preferred type of oats to cook in a rice cooker. Rolled oats can be cooked, but tend to be a little tastless – steel cut oats due to being less processed, require a longer cooking time and retain their texture when cooked.

Porridge always (yes, always!) benefits from a pinch of salt, when the cooking cycle has finished, the porridge will be very thick, at this point we add a pinch of salt and then loosen the porridge with coconut milk (due to dairy allergies) and then add sugar/honey/syrup and toppings.

Here are 8 different toppings for porridge to brighten up your day.

Cocoa, peanut butter and raspberries

To make a delicious chocolate porridge, we add 1 tablespoon of cocoa to the oats and water in the inner bowl before the cooking cycle starts.

Once the cooking cycle has finished, add a pinch of salt, loosen the porridge with any type of milk (cow, soy, coconut, oat), add a spoonful of peanut butter and stir well so it’s mixed right through the porridge. Taste and add honey, syrup or brown sugar if you need it a little sweeter. Spoon into bowls and top with raspberries (fresh or frozen).

Chocolate orange

To make a delicious chocolate porridge, we add 1 tablespoon of cocoa to the oats and water in the inner bowl before the cooking cycle starts.

Once the cooking cycle has finished, add a pinch of salt, loosen the porridge with any type of milk (cow, soy, coconut, oat). Taste and add honey, syrup or brown sugar if you need it a little sweeter. Spoon into bowls and top with orange slices.

Apple, maple syrup and pecan

Once the cooking cycle has finished, loosen the porridge with any type of milk (cow, soy, coconut, oat). Add maple syrup and stir until it’s mixed through the porridge. Spoon into bowls and top with finely sliced apple and pecan nuts (either whole or chopped)

Banana 

Once the cooking cycle has finished, add a pinch of salt, loosen the porridge with any type of milk (cow, soy, coconut, oat), add a spoonful of peanut butter and stir well so it’s mixed right through the porridge. Taste and add honey, syrup or brown sugar if you need it a little sweeter. Spoon into bowls and top with banana slices, drizzle with peanut butter and honey if you feel like an extra treat.

This can be made with any kind of nut butter or just omit the peanut/nut butter if you have an allergy. The banana and honey go well together and you can always add a little shake of cinnamon to give even more flavour.

Carrot cake
Once the cooking cycle has finished, add a pinch of salt, the porridge with any type of milk (cow, soy, coconut, oat), add 1/2 a grated carrot, 1 tablespoon of raisins, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamom and a pinch of nutmeg. Stir well to make sure the mixture is distributed through the porridge and adjust the sweetness if you need to by adding honey, syrup or brown sugar. Spoon into bowls and top with more grated carrot, raising and brown sugar (optional).

Totally Tropical 
Once the cooking cycle has finished, add a pinch of salt, loosen the porridge with coconut milk. Add honey/syrup/brown sugar (don’t add too much at this point because the fruit will automatically sweeten the porridge). Spoon into bowls and top with orange slices/chunks, mango slices/chunks, banana slices, shredded or dessicated coconut, extra coconut milk and brown sugar.

Apple, dried apricot and pumpkin seeds

Once the cooking cycle has finished, add a pinch of salt, loosen the porridge with any type of milk (cow, soy, coconut, oat). Taste and add honey, syrup or brown sugar if you need it a little sweeter and stir through 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Spoon into bowls and top with 30g dried apricots, 1 chopped red apple and 1 teaspoon pumpkin seeds.

Pear and cinnamon
Once the cooking cycle has finished, add a pinch of salt, loosen the porridge with any type of milk (cow, soy, coconut, oat). Taste and add honey, syrup or brown sugar if you need it a little sweeter and stir through 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Spoon into bowls and top with sliced pears.

Other super-easy topping ideas

Any kind of fruit jam or compote, lemon or orange curd or even marmalade work well to stir through porridge. You can top with any kind of fruit you have on hand or a dollop of greek yoghurt and honey.