How to make a perfect bowl of porridge

If you're looking for a healthy and delicious breakfast on a budget, you can’t go wrong with a bowl of porridge. The health benefits of oats is phenomenal and they release energy slowly keeping you fuller for longer. Top with fruit to get one of your 5 a day at the same time.


For perfect porridge you need 1 part oats to 2 1/2 parts milk (or water). 50g of oats makes roughly one adult serving of porridge. It helps if you have a cup or glass which fits 50g of oats to speed things up in the morning.

A great tip is to soak the oats in the milk for around 10 minutes before cooking for a smoother porridge. I stir frozen raspberries into my steaming porridge to help cool it down. My kids, have mashed banana in their porridge every day which sweetens it naturally.

Perfect Porridge

  • Serves: 1 (easily doubled)

  • Time: 2 mins prep + 8 mins cooking

  • Cost: 21p per serving

  • Calories: 320 per serving


  • 50g Oats

  • 300ml milk

  • Honey, Greek yoghurt and fruit to serve (optional)


  1. Pop the oats and milk in a pan. Slowly bring the porridge to the boil, turn the heat low and simmer for 6 minutes stirring from time to time so it doesn't stick.

  2. Pour into a bowl, top with fruit, honey and yoghurt (one or a combination of) and serve. Frozen berries help cool down steaming porridge.

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