Tropical Summer Porridge

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you may know we’re porridge addicts in our family. We love ourself a nice bowl of porridge all year round and with the unusually hot weather we’ve been having in Scotland, I’ve found myself returning to a porridge recipe I devised a couple of years ago for Berlin’s hot summers. The tropical flavours just scream sunshine in a bowl!

Ingredients (serves 1 adult or 2 kids):

  • 4 Tbsp porridge oats (ca. 40g)
  • 100ml water
  • 100ml coconut milk*
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • a dash of maple syrup
  • seeds from half a vanilla pod or a tsp of vanilla essence
  • a handful of flaked almonds
  • 2-4 Tbsp chopped pineapple

*You need the 100% pure coconut milk for this, that comes in tins or small cartons, not the coconut milk sold in large cartons as a plant based milk alternative which is a mixture of coconut milk, water, sweeteners and other ingredients. My general rule of thumb is 200ml liquid for 4 Tbsp of oats. We like ours quite thick, but if you like yours runnier just add a little more water.


  • Mix the oats with 100ml boiling water in a pan, and leave to soak for 5 minutes. If you are using other oats, e.g. jumbo oats, you will probably need longer than 5 minutes. You want to oats to be softened and slightly mushy.
  • While the oats are soaking, dry roast the flaked almonds in a pan, being careful not to burn them.
  • Once the oats have finished soaking, stir in the coconut milk, coconut oil, vanilla and maple syrup, and cook over a medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until it reaches a thick, creamy consistency.
  • Transfer to a bowl. If it seems too thick – the porridge will continue to thicken as it stands and cools – you can stir in a little more hot water to loosen it up.
  • Serve with spoonfuls of chopped pineapple – fresh is best but tinned will do if that’s all you can get – and sprinkle with the toasted almonds.



Comments: 6

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    17 July 2018

    I am a massive porridge fan and love the twist you’ve given this – I’m going to pin this to try one morning this week!

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    17 July 2018

    Yum? This recipe looks so delicious. What a fabulous way to turn a wintery breakfast into a summertime one! Kat x

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    18 July 2018

    We haven’t been big oats fans in our house but this certainly sounds tasty. Might be a better alternative to more traditional oats here in Portugal.

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    18 July 2018

    Mmm I love porridge too but I make mine in the fridge overnight and have it cold. This recipe does sound really summery and I didn’t realise the big cartoons of coconut milk weren’t actually coconut milk?!xx

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    18 July 2018

    I love having porridge but always get stuck on what to put with it, this sounds yummy!

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    19 July 2018

    I am a huge porridge fan. This sounds epic and so unusual.

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