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Niamh is the editorial assistant for Healthy Food Guide. She loves trying out the latest healthy food trends and gets stuck in with trialling new exercise classes

Tucking into a hearty bowl of porridge for breakfast is a great way to start your day. Oats keep you fuller for longer, meaning they’re a good option for those hoping to lose weight. This is because their low glycemic index (GI) provides slow-releasing energy, meaning you’ll be less likely to reach for those tempting mid-morning snacks.

Having the same old bowl of porridge everyday can get tedious and it’s good to mix it up from time to time. To keep you as oat-erly obsessed as we are, we’ve rounded up our favourite porridge toppings and recipe ideas to keep you inspired…

Deliciously Ella’s chocolate porridge with almond butter

Cacao porridge

Combining oats with cacao powder and a teaspoon of almond butter, this indulgent porridge from Ella Mills has just the right amount of sweetness. Plus, like all of her tasty recipes, it’s free from dairy and gluten as well as being suitable for vegans.

Gluten-free porridge with berries

Image of gluten free porridge topped with berries

A straight-forward recipe for the porridge purists among us, we’ve simply cooked gluten-free oats with skimmed milk. For extra flavour and nutrients, we’ve topped the oats with a handful of berries so you can start your day with one of your 5-a-day.

Coconut milk & seed porridge

If you follow a dairy-free or vegan diet, mixing in coconut milk with your porridge oats is an easy swap. We recommend topping your bowl with mixed seeds, such as chia, pumpkin and sunflower, to add some crunch.

Mushroom, feta and kale porridge

Image of kale and mushroom porridge

This one might have you thinking, ‘Really?!’ but trust us, if done right, this savoury porridge makes a wholesome, healthy meal that’s similar to risotto. Plus, it’s low in calories and fats. Who said porridge had to be for breakfast?

Madeleine Shaw’s blackberry compote with quinoa porridge

If you’ve had enough of oats and want to try something a little different, Madeleine Shaw’s recipe trades them in for quinoa! Topped with stewed berries, plus a dollop of low-fat yogurt, this is the comforting bowl you need on wintery mornings.

Got your porridge routine down to a T and just looking for something to drizzle or sprinkle on top? Try our homemade almond butter, our spiced fruit compote, or our healthy granola recipe. 

Looking for more breakfast inspiration? Browse our selection of healthy and nutritious breakfast recipes here.