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5 from 13 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Serves 4
You'll LOVE this healthy breakfast porridge recipe! Made with whole oat groats, it's super creamy, hearty, and satisfying. Adapted from Whole Food Cooking Every Day by Amy Chaplin.


Whole Oat Porridge

  • 1 cup whole oat groats, soaked overnight* (SEE NOTE)
  • 4 cups additional filtered water
  • Pinch of sea salt

Variation 1: Butternut Squash & Ginger

  • Ingredients for 1 recipe Whole Oat Porridge, above
  • 3 ½ cups cubed butternut squash
  • 1 tablespoon tamari, more for serving
  • 4 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • ½ garlic clove, grated
  • for serving: scallions, toasted pepitas, parsley, toasted sesame oil

Variation 2: Miso & Avocado

  • Ingredients for 1 recipe Whole Oat Porridge, above
  • 1 tablespoon white miso paste
  • for serving: avocado, tamari, scallions, sesame seeds, microgreens


  • For the Whole Oat Porridge (base recipe): Drain and rinse the oat groats and transfer them to a blender. Add 4 cups fresh water salt and pulse until the grains are coarsely ground. Pour into a medium pot and bring to a boil over high heat, whisking frequently. Cover the pot, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, until the grains are soft and the porridge is creamy. Serve hot, with desired toppings.
  • For the Butternut Squash & Ginger Variation: Follow the directions for the oat porridge recipe above, adding the squash, ginger, and garlic to the pot along with the oat mixture and cook as directed until the porridge is creamy and the squash is soft. Add the tamari and adjust the seasoning to taste. Garnish with scallions, pepitas, parsley, and serve with sesame oil and tamari, for drizzling.
  • For the Miso & Avocado Variation: Follow the directions for the oat porridge recipe above. Once your porridge has thickened, turn the heat off and stir the miso paste into the hot porridge until it's dissolved. If your porridge becomes thinner at this point (like mine did), continue stirring over low heat until it thickens, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with sliced avocado, tamari, scallions, sesame seeds, and microgreens.


*You CANNOT substitute rolled oats or steel cut oats for the oat groats in this recipe because the water ratio will be incorrect and your porridge will not thicken. If you want to use another type of oat, follow the cooking directions on the package of your oats.