Creamy Vanilla Porridge

Susan, AKA Kiwicook
Susan, AKA Kiwicook

Susan, AKA Kiwicook

In her days as a recipe developer, Susan has created over 450 recipes. Her Dutch and New Zealander roots serve as a basis for her culinary inspiration.

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Creamy Vanilla Porridge

I love breakfast time! Depending on how I feel, I tend to cycle between eggs, muesli, smoothies and porridge – my favourite choice in the colder months.

It took me a number of years to learn to enjoy porridge again, thanks to childhood memories of claggy, bland oatmeal that was inevitably cold by the time I finished it!

I developed this recipe for Creamy Vanilla Porridge over a few years, adding various ingredients as I went. I love the health benefits, as well as the nutty texture and taste of the organic wholegrain oats and much prefer them over fine rolled oats. Of course, they take a bit longer to cook, but all good things take time!

I also prefer cooking the oats in rice or almond milk (my preference), which adds a creamy sweetness. In summer I often add fresh strawberries on top, otherwise it’s blueberries straight from the freezer. Enjoy!

Creamy Vanilla Porridge


Start your morning with this warm and comforting Creamy Vanilla Porridge. Serve it up with an extra pour of milk or a spoonful of yoghurt for that perfect creamy finish. This wholesome breakfast is sure to warm you up and get you going!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Breakfast
Servings 1 Serving
Calories 122 kcal


  • 1/2 cup organic wholegrain oats
  • 1-1/2 cup almond milk or rice milk
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Optional: lemon or orange zest
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, frozen or fresh
  • 1 tbsp liquid honey or pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp sliced almonds, toasted or raw
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Optional: Almond/rice milk or yoghurt to serve


  • Put the oats, almond/rice milk, salt and vanilla (and zest if using) into a small saucepan on high heat. Stir until the mixture starts to boil, then then the heat down to low.
  • Keep the mixture on a low simmer for about a further 10 minutes, or until the mixture is nicely thickened and the oats are tender.
  • Pour mixture into a bowl and add the almonds, sprinkling of cinnamon, blueberries and honey/maple syrup. Add further almond/rice milk or yoghurt to serve.


Calories: 122kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0.02gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 165mgPotassium: 109mgFiber: 3gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 43IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 186mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword Porridge, Vanilla Porridge
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Susan, also known as the Kiwi Cook, hails from Levin, New Zealand, and has a unique Kiwi-Dutch-British heritage that influenced her culinary upbringing. As an artist, tutor, writer, and editor, Susan dedicates her weekends to creating delectable dishes. Her food philosophy embraces moderation and listening to her body's needs.

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