Super easy to make on the stovetop, this honey porridge is the delicious breakfast you need for a busy morning! Made with pantry staples and coming together in just 10 minutes, it's a quick breakfast that feels like such a treat.
Do check out my porridge with oat milk for another easy recipe to start the day!
Cozy and warming, this honey porridge recipe (or honey oatmeal for my US readers!) is such a go-to for my family on a colder morning. It feels a little decadent with sweet honey, and is quite hearty with oats and a good pinch of chia seeds.
And the best bit? All simple recipe steps, no need for any fancy equipment and we use basic pantry staples we tend to have to hand.
Both adult and kid-friendly as a warming breakfast, this honey and oats recipe joins my popular apple porridge, coconut milk porridge and pear porridge as quick, easy and flavorful ways to start the day. And have a peek at my berry quinoa porridge for an oat-free option!
⭐ Why this recipe is so good
Deliciously sweet and decadent. There's just *something* about sweet honey that feels a little special!
Basic ingredients. We use all pantry staples to make this honey porridge, so hopefully you won't need to run to the store to grab anything!
Quick and easy. This is the ultimate quick breakfast, coming together in about ten minutes on the stovetop.
All the ingredients and their quantities are set out in the recipe card below.
Some notes on a few of them:
- Oats - I suggest to use old-fashioned rolled oats rather than steel cut oats (which take longer to cook) or quick-cook fine oats. Use gluten free oats, if required.
- Honey - there are many varieties of honey, so choose the type that suits your taste and budget.
- Chia seeds - I suggest to use whole chia seeds rather than milled chia. These help thicken the porridge a little.
- Cardamom - to add a little hint of spice!
🍎 Suggestions for toppings
Enjoy this porridge with honey and spices as it is, or add some fun toppings:
📖 Swaps and variations
Swap cardamom for cinnamon. Both are delicious on porridge and oatmeal. If you're looking for low histamine breakfast recipes, cinnamon is more debated in terms of histamine levels. My post on low histamine spices should be helpful!
Use the amount of honey you like best. If you have a sweet tooth add a little more, or use a little less if you prefer.
🔪 Step by step instructions
Making this honey oatmeal is very simple, with minimal ingredients and all easy recipe steps.
All the instructions are in the recipe card below, but these photos should help guide you.
Step 1: Add the ingredients to a pot
Add the oats, chia seeds, cardamom, half the honey, vanilla extract (if using) and non-dairy milk to a pot (image 1).
Step 2: Heat the porridge
Bring the porridge to a very light simmer, and stir fairly frequently, for 7-8 minutes (image 2). Spoon into your bowl and drizzle on the remaining honey and any toppings you like.
💭 Recipe tips and notes
Bring to a light simmer. While some people love to boil their porridge, personally I find it better to bring to a light simmer (also less chance of burning!).
Stir, stir, stir! For a creamy porridge, I find that stirring fairly often gives a better consistency.
Add more milk. We all like porridge to have a different consistency, so add more milk to thin. Heating for longer will thicken the porridge.
📋 Frequently asked questions
They are the same recipe! Porridge is the most usual term in the UK, while it is called oatmeal in the US and other countries.
For a gluten free porridge you want to be sure to use certified gluten free oats.
You can simply use water, although it will have a less creamy taste and texture. Alternatively, you can use half milk and half water.
❄️ Freezing advice
Freezing porridge is very easy, and you simply portion into freezer-safe containers. I suggest to only freeze the porridge, and not any additional toppings (add those when you serve). You will likely need to pour in some milk or water when reheating the porridge to get a thinner consistency.
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- Tip the oats into a pot and pour in the non-dairy milk. Sprinkle in the chia seeds and cardamom (or cinnamon) and drizzle in half of the honey and vanilla extract (if using). Stir to combine.
- Bring the porridge to a very light simmer, and heat for 7-8 minutes, stirring fairly frequently to help it get thick and creamy in texture. Adjust with more milk or water to thin, to preference.
- Spoon the porridge into your bowl and top with the remaining honey, and fresh fruit, nuts or seeds to preference.
- We all like our porridge at different consistencies, so adjust with more milk if you like a thinner texture.
- I like to use all milk for a heartier breakfast, but you can easily use half milk and half water if you prefer.
- Nutritional information is auto-generated and should be understood to be an estimate.
- non-dairy milk has variable scores.
- honey scores 0, with a note 'to be debated. Uneven. Naturally contains benzoic acid'.
- vanilla extract scores 1, with a ? as a liberator and a note, 'From fermented fruit, alcoholic'. It is an optional ingredient.
- cardamom scores 0, with a note (in French) that, roughly translated, states that some varieties may not be well tolerated.