the PORRIDGE post

once again, such a lovely word…porridge. according to webster, it’s “a soft food made by boiling grains or legumes in milk or water until thick.” and oatmeal is “porridge made from ground or rolled oats.” so i can use the words interchangeably, since porridge is ultimately just a broader term. oatmeal is a type of porridge. but why say oatmeal when you can say porridge and think of yourself as an adorable british kid who looks like oliver? (maybe that’s only in my head.)

as promised, i’m about to show you a week full of breakfast photos i’ve been saving for this post. ready freddy?

monday: strawberry-coconut porridge


1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, shredded coconut, sliced strawberries, cinnamon, stevia, 1 scoop cacao bliss

i remember reading something in a post from maya (pistachios and rainbows) about how toasting shredded coconut brings out the flavor. so that’s what i did this time! it smelled wonderful while toasting. thanks, maya!

tuesday: porridge in a jar



1/3 cup oat bran, 2/3 cup water, sliced banana, chocolate pbu, the almond butter at the bottom of the jar 😉

obviously this breakfast was very HEAB inspired! i’ve been wanting to try oats in a jar for so long, and now i have! there was only a miniscule amount of almond butter at the bottom of the jar, so i whipped up some thick and chocolaty pbu to plop on top. it had been forever since i’d eaten oat bran. i’m so happy that i’ve brought it back into my life!

wednesday: mug o’ orange porridge (too bad orange and porridge don’t actually rhyme. close enough!)


1/2 cup oat bran, 1 cup water, raisins, 1 chopped valencia orange, 1 big scoop chocolate cmu
(we decided to leave the mysterious “m” in cmu, right emily?)

eating oat bran out of a mug was fun! by the way, chocolate cmu will send you to heaven. ingredients: cashew butter, unsweetened almond milk, a sprinkle of stevia, and cocoa powder. it tasted like creamy, delicious, milk chocolate. i didn’t measure any of the ingredients. my eyeballs work just fine for pbu, abu, cmu, etc. (i always make an individual serving whenever i whip some up. this cmu was pretty thick, like tuesday’s chocolate pbu.)

thursday: ‘nana ‘n spice ‘n everything nice porridge (also known as apostrophe overload porridge)


1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup plain unsweetened soy milk, banana pieces, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cocoa powder, stevia, 1 mound of pb (which looks more like a mountain in the picture, hah!)

these oats were FANTASTIC. actually, that’s an understatement. honestly…i didn’t ever want this bowl to end! the flavors went so well with one another. but the yummiest part of all were the banana pieces. i broke the nanner up with my hand instead of slicing it, so the pieces were nice and chunky! (ew, such a gross word…sorry.) i cooked them with the oats to get that lovely cooked-banana flavor, and ohhhh myyyy godddd. can i legally marry a cooked banana? pretty, pretty please with pb on top?

friday: green tea and poppy porridge



1/2 cup oats, 1 cup green tea, 1/4 teaspoon maple flavoring, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, stevia, a splash of lemon juice, shredded carrot, poppy seeds, a drizzle of plain unsweetened soy milk, and the pb on the walls of the jar!

i got to eat oats in a jar 2 times this week! this jar was especially fun to eat out of, because there wasn’t simply a glob of pb at the bottom. instead, all that was left of the peanut butter was on the sides of the jar.  so i scraped away as i went along. yum! i feel like with the shredded carrot, lemon juice, and poppy seeds…this oatmeal should have been a muffin. don’t you agree?

saturday: figgy-berry porridge


1/2 cup oat bran, 1 cup water, banana slices, chopped strawberries, 1 spoonful cashew butter, freshly sliced figs, sprinkle of cinnamon

i. love. fresh. figs. SO MUCH! i think that’s all i have to say about this bowl of oat bran, except that banana + cashew butter = amazing. but i mean…duh. this was the perfect oaty bowl for a relaxing saturday morning. figs, strawberries, and banana is a marvelous combination. and oat bran is so delicious. i still can’t believe i took such a long break from it. i think it had been almost a year! the only thing i don’t like about oat bran is how the little grits stick to my teeth and gums like glue! but a bowl of this mushy heaven is well worth that small frustration.

sunday (today): snickerdoodly and fruity porridge


1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water, banana slices, chopped figs, cinnamon, stevia, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 scoop cashew butter

this was a delicious and comforting bowl of oats. perfect for a sunday morning, and to wrap up this breakfast post! figs are so divine. i wish they were available all year round. dried figs are yummy too, but they’re nothing like fresh figs! i don’t know what i would do if BANANAS were seasonal! i shudder at the thought! oh yeah…note to self: BUY MORE NUT BUTTER. all i have left is cashew butter, and having only 1 jar of nut butter around just doesn’t cut it in this casa.

that concludes the porridge post, ladies and gents. have a splendid sunday. if you haven’t already eaten breakfast, go cozy up with a bowl of PORRIDGE and enjoy! 🙂


“please sir, i want some more.”

(do you know that mark lester, the actor who played oliver, is the godfather of michael jackson’s children?)


19 Responses to “the PORRIDGE post”

  1. veganfritz Says:

    haha, this was great. The figs look really really appealing & I’ll give a +1 on the cinnamon, ginger, allspice.
    “Can I have s’more?”
    Thanks for the little trivia fact. P;

  2. peanutbutterandjenny Says:

    porridge reminds me of the three little bears 🙂 buaha..

    thanks for this post, it’s definitely giving me some great ideas for the future bowls of the hot and creamy stuff!

  3. baylez Says:

    MmM freakin yummy! Hahah the word porridge always reminds me of goldilocks 🙂 or little bear 🙂 bahahah!

  4. psychoj1 Says:

    This post made me so hungry! Everything looks so yummy! Love your oats in a jar. Nothing better 😉
    ❤ jess

  5. Heather Eats Almond Butter Says:

    Oh my gosh – isn’t it the best when you scrape the nut butter from the sides of the jar. So glad you enjoyed not 1 but 2 jars of porridge this week, and I was totally thinking Charles Dickens before you even mentioned Oliver. I loved every one of these bowls/jars. Lovely eats my friend.

    Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and thanks for the shout-out!

  6. Shelby Says:

    Whoa!!! Too many fabulous combinations to count! I love the fig and the poppy seed one the most. I’ll have to re-create some of these!

  7. Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope Says:

    LOVE this post!!! Omg, the snickerdoodle one totally got me. YUMMY! And I think you just found a near rhyme to orange!!! 😉

    Haha, love the oliver twist reference. My brothers and I used to say that all the time to my mom at supper when we were little after we watched that movie. My mom got so annoyed, but we loved bugging her with that line! 🙂


  8. Mitri Says:

    The “apostrophe overload” porridge cracked me up. I also love having oats in mugs 🙂 although I ought to try it in a nut butter jar!

  9. broccolihut Says:

    LOVE the porridge post! I might just have to start calling it porridge too.
    Toasted coconut sounds like a great idea–how do you toast it? How long?
    It looks like you’ve been going through nut butter as fast I have lately! I really must try the porridge in a jar idea.

  10. Laura Says:

    I love porridge, I have it every morning! Its strange I have to try to get used to calling it oatmeal instead of porridge because so many bloggers call it oatmeal.

    Some great ideas above, I cant understand how some people dont like the stuff, crazy!

  11. specialkphd Says:

    Definitely would love the FIGS! I had my first one last year, at 29, with orange honey and salt and absolutely was enthralled….so yummy!

  12. maya Says:

    first of all i am in love with this post. so many amazing oatmeal!!! i love eating oats out of a much, it is fun 🙂 i did it the other day at my grandpa’s bc he had no cereal bowls lol…anyways. yes coconut toatsed is amazing, thanks for the shout out sweetie.

    love you
    and thank you for all ur support

    p.s FIGGSS omg that one looks amaze. and pbu is the best. emily/curly 😉 is a genus!

  13. eliza Says:

    wow this post was amazing all your oats(porridges 😉 ) look to die for! and i agree porridge does sound so much better then oatmeal, love oliver twist. 🙂


  14. Kailey Says:

    So i am kind of obsessed with this post 😀
    love that you used so many “porridge in a jar” because its just the best way to finish off those nut butters!!

  15. makingmymove Says:

    oh girrrrl you know i love this post! porridge really is a great word, it makes me think of a cute english breakfast or something haha. i really need to try figs too! im just INSPIRED right now — too bad it’s almost bedtime! 🙂

  16. Katharina Says:

    Yess please I’d like some more too!!!

  17. Helen (Tales Over Tea) Says:

    Thanks for the lovely comment and for following, I’ve added you to my blog list.

    This is a great post, I would really love to get into porridge again, maybe when the mornings are colder 🙂

  18. Tina Says:

    Omg! Really? It’s funny how actors you know as children get old… ok, that sounded weird, but you get what I mean, right?

    Love the porridge! All the goodness in the world in good ol’ bowl o’ goo!



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