Warming and cozy, this creamy oat milk porridge is perfect for breakfast on a busy weekday morning. Quick and easy to make with just 3 ingredients, we cook up this vegan oatmeal in just 10 minutes and add toppings of our choice!
Oat milk porridge (or oat milk oatmeal for my US readers!) is a delicious way to start the day and has fast become one of my favorites. It's creamy, comforting and can be topped with fruit and berries, nut butter, nuts and seeds or coconut - it's so versatile!
Making oatmeal with oat milk couldn't be more easy and uses minimal ingredients, making it such a good idea for a weekday breakfast. Whether it's for kids before school or yourself before work, it's a filling comfort food breakfast that comes together so easily.
⭐ Why this recipe is so good
Comfort food breakfast idea. A creamy bowl of this oat milk porridge feels like such a treat, and is especially perfect in the fall and winter months. Perhaps you would like to see my rice pudding with oat milk for another tasty option!
Adult and kid-friendly. Both the younger and older members of the family will love to spoon up this comforting breakfast.
Vegan and lactose free. As we aren't using cow's milk, this porridge is vegan, as well as being lactose free and low histamine.
Add your own fun toppings! Whether you prefer sweet berries, the crunch of nuts and seeds or a sprinkle of coconut, you can easily customise your oatmeal to taste.
All the ingredients to make this oatmeal with oat milk are in the recipe card below.
Some notes on a few of them:
- Oats - I suggest to use rolled oats (sometimes called old-fashioned oats) rather than steel cut oats (which will have more 'bite' to them and need a longer cook time) or quick-cook oats. Use gluten free oats if you have that dietary requirement.
- Oat milk - the type you get in a carton, such as the Oatly brand. It's often called oat drink rather than oat milk. Or make your own homemade oat milk if you like! Use a brand that is certified gluten free, if required.
- Spices - to add a little warmth and delicious flavor. Both cinnamon and cardamom are so good in porridge, so pick the one you prefer!
🍎 Optional toppings
The fun part of making creamy stove top porridge is the toppings I think! You can get creative and choose from so many options:
- Fruit - sliced pears or apples, either cold or warmed through for extra sweetness.
- Berries - pick from blueberries or blackberries!
- Fruit sauces - both my mango puree sauce and my rhubarb sauce are easy and delicious!
- Fruit compote - a little more chunky than a sauce, enjoy my apple pear compote or my blackberry apple compote.
- Desiccated coconut - add a sprinkle to your porridge!
- Nut or seed butter - a good spoonful is always delicious. My post on low histamine seeds and nuts will help you out!
- Maple syrup or agave nectar - add a drizzle for extra sweetness!
📖 Swaps and variations
Swap cinnamon for cardamom. Those looking for low histamine breakfast recipes may prefer to use cardamom, as cinnamon is a little debated on this diet.
Use another non-dairy milk. Porridge can easily be made with coconut milk or almond milk.
🔪 Step by step instructions
Making this vegan oat milk porridge recipe is very simple, with just a few steps:
Step 1: Combine porridge ingredients
Add the oats, oat milk and cinnamon or cardamom to a pan on your stove top, then stir to combine (image 1).
Step 2: Cook the porridge
Bring the porridge to a light simmer, on a medium heat, and cook for 7-8 minutes, stirring often (image 2). Adjust with more oat milk or water for a thinner consistency. Add toppings of choice and enjoy!
💭 Recipe tips and notes
- For creamy porridge, make sure that you are using enough liquid (if it feels too little, add a splash more oat milk or water) and stirring fairly frequently.
- Cook time will vary slightly depending upon the temperature you are cooking at. I suggest low-medium so you don't scald the milk.
- Adjust the texture. Some of us love a thick porridge you can stand a spoon up in (like my dad!), others a much thinner consistency. Pour in a little more liquid for a thinner porridge.
📋 Frequently asked questions
You can easily use half and half for the liquids. It won't be quite so creamy, but will still be delicious!
For this porridge to be gluten free you would need to use a certified gluten free oat milk and oats.
For creamy porridge you need to ensure it comes up to a high enough temperature, has enough liquid and you want to stir fairly frequently. This is how it gets so smooth and delicious!
Yes, they are the same! In the US this breakfast recipe is usually called oatmeal, whereas it is called porridge in the UK.
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Oat Milk Porridge
- Combine the oats, oat milk and cinnamon or cardamom (if using) in a pan. Stir to combine.
- Bring the pan to a medium heat and the porridge to a light simmer. Cook the porridge for 7-8 minutes, stirring frequently for a creamy texture. Adjust with more oat milk or water for a thinner consistency to preference.
- If you are gluten free, be sure to use certified gluten free oats and oat milk.
- Stir quite frequently for a creamy oatmeal with oat milk.
- If you prefer, you can use half oat milk and half water for the liquid.
- For extra sweetness, add a drizzle of maple syrup or a pinch of brown sugar.
- Nutritional information is auto-generated and should be understood to be an estimate.
- oat milk scores 1, with a note, 'often slightly histamine containing as fermented enzymatically'. You can always make your own oat milk if you prefer.
- cardamom scores 0, with a note that some varieties may not be tolerated.