A healthy weekday breakfast inspired by strawberries and cream! This fruity and creamy Strawberry Porridge recipe is gluten-free, delicious, and comes together in one pan in minutes. Vegan substitutions listed below!
A healthy and filling strawberry porridge recipe
So my inspiration for this recipe came from the very English traditional dessert of strawberries and cream. I love it, so I thought it would be fun to turn it into a porridge recipe!
I’ve eaten this creamy Strawberry Porridge pretty much every morning for the last two weeks. It’s healthy, filling, and bursting with tangy strawberry flavour.
It also only takes about 10 minutes to throw together, which is ideal for rushed mornings, but it looks and tastes like you put in a ton of effort.
Are porridge and oatmeal the same thing?
Yes, porridge and oatmeal are essentially the same thing. Both dishes are made by cooking oats and water (or milk or cream) in a pot over the stove to produce a soft, creamy hot cereal.
In the UK and other parts of Europe, the term “porridge” is used, whereas in North America and other parts of the world “oatmeal” is more prevalent.
Is a bowl of porridge filling enough for breakfast?
There’s no reason a bowl of porridge can’t be a filling and satisfying breakfast. You just need to make it right!
Ensure that you add enough protein and healthy fat enhancers to keep you full until lunch time. This can be anything from a scoop of protein powder or Greek yoghurt to nut butters to extra nuts and seeds and/or using milk instead of water.
Ingredients in strawberry oatmeal
One of the things I love about porridge is how minimal it is. This recipe only requires a minimum of 6 ingredients (more for the fun toppings!). Here’s what you’ll need to make this creamy Strawberry Porridge recipe:
- Porridge oats: Absolutely essential for a porridge or oatmeal recipe. I use the fast cooking porridge oats (quick oats) for this one to speed up the process, but you could also use rolled oats.
- Freeze-dried strawberry powder: This is our main flavouring for the Strawberry Porridge. If you can’t get the powder, grab some freeze-dried strawberries (check the label to make sure they’re sugar free) and mash them up into dust in a pestle and mortar. It also makes the porridge a beautiful pink colour!
- Honey: To lightly sweeten our oatmeal naturally. You could also use maple, agave, or date syrup.
- Vanilla extract: For a punch of flavour that pairs so wonderfully with strawberries.
- Salt: ALWAYS season your oats! Adding a pinch of salt truly makes a world of difference to both the flavour and texture of the porridge.
- Milk: I love using hemp milk for my oats, but feel free to use cow’s milk or any other plant-based milk.
- Water: Not really an ingredient, per say, but necessary for consistency and cooking nonetheless.
- Beetroot powder: This is optional, but I love adding a dash of beetroot powder to make the porridge even more pink!
- Toppings: I love adding a drizzle of single cream (for that strawberries and cream factor!), a few white chocolate chips, and slices of fresh strawberry to this porridge. But top it however you like!
Strawberry porridge toppings ideas
Can’t think of ways to top this Strawberry Porridge? No worries, I got you. What would you top your porridge with from this list?
- Cream or milk
- Maple syrup
- Chopped or flaked nuts
- Fresh berries
- Stone fruit slices
- Banana slices
- Nut butter
- Chocolate chips
- Cacao nibs
- Coconut or date sugar
How to make strawberry porridge
This porridge recipe is exceptionally easy to make and full of intense strawberry flavour thanks to the freeze-dried fruit powder! I know you’re going to love this simple recipe. Here’s how to make it:
1. Make the porridge
Put all of the ingredients into a saucepan and bring it to a hard simmer over medium heat. Turn the temperature to low when it starts to bubble, stir, and cook the oatmeal until it reaches a thick and creamy consistency.
2. Top the strawberry porridge
Decant the Strawberry Porridge into a bowl and top with your selection of desired toppings.
Full details are in the recipe card at the end of this post.
Is flavoured porridge bad for you?
No porridge is “bad” for you. You just want to watch out for instant porridge packets that contain a ton of added refined sugars. Generally, the flavoured varieties do contain added sugar, but you can easily flavour porridge yourself at home without adding any refined sweeteners.
Tips for making this recipe perfectly
- For a speedy breakfast, use porridge or quick oats instead of rolled (jumbo) oats. If you have a bit more time on your hands, rolled oats can be nice for added texture.
- If you like a thick porridge, let the oats cook down a little bit longer. For a thinner porridge, cook it slightly less than the time indicated or add an extra splash of milk or cream and stir it in at the end.
- For a truly creamy Strawberry Porridge, use single cream or cow’s milk instead of plant-based milk.
- Need to make this recipe vegan? Swap out the honey for maple or agave syrup, use dairy-free chocolate chips, and use coconut cream instead of single cream.
Looking for more quick refined sugar free breakfast recipes?
Apple Pie Smoothie
Cherry Almond Smoothie
Green Pina Colada Smoothie
Strawberry Chia Jam
Cranberry Almond Breakfast Cookies
Healthy Banana Nut Muffins
Blueberry Scones with Cardamom Glaze
Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal
If you make this recipe, let me know by snapping a picture and tagging me on Instagram @naturallysweet_kitchen. I love seeing your creations and sharing them in my Stories. Or let me know you love this Strawberry Porridge recipe by leaving a comment and rating below!
A healthy, fruity strawberry porridge recipe inspired by strawberries and cream. Comes together in minutes and is entirely refined sugar free.
- 100 g porridge oats
- 2 tbsp freeze-dried strawberry powder
- 2 tsp unpasteurised honey
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp fine sea salt
- 250 ml plant-based milk
- 250 ml water
- ¼ tsp beetroot powder, for colour (optional)
- Single cream, for topping
- White chocolate chips, for topping
- Fresh strawberries, for topping
To a saucepan add the oats, strawberry powder, honey, vanilla, salt, milk, water, and optional beetroot powder. Stir everything together well with a wooden spoon or whisk and then place over a medium heat.
- Continue to stir the oats frequently as the mixture heats up. Once it begins to bubble, turn the temperature down to low and continue cooking until the porridge reaches your desired consistency (about 5-6 minutes).
- Divide the porridge into two bowls and top with a drizzle of cream, white chocolate chips, and fresh strawberry slices. Serve immediately.
- If you can’t purchase strawberry powder, you can pulverise freeze dried strawberries in a mortar and pestle to achieve the same result.
- The honey can be replaced with agave syrup or maple syrup in this recipe.
- If you need a little bit more protein in the mornings, you can add up to 15 grams of your favourite unflavoured protein powder to this recipe for a boost.