Dairy free porridge is so quick and easy to make. And this vegan porridge made with oat milk is even creamier than a traditional oatmeal recipe. It's a nutritious, comforting breakfast which will keep you feeling full for the morning.
What's to love about the recipe?
- A delicious oatmeal recipe that all the family will enjoy (they won't even know it's dairy free!)
- A budget friendly, filling breakfast
- Vegan and lactose free. Can also be made gluten free (use gluten free oats and oat milk!)
- Dairy free porridge is a healthy breakfast recipe which is packed with fibre, vitamins and minerals
- Adapt to suit with your favourite toppings! You can also use this recipe to make peanut butter porridge.
Oats. You'll need porridge or rolled oats for this recipe.
Unsweetened oat milk. For me, this is the obvious choice to make dairy free porridge. It makes a really creamy vegan oatmeal which is delicious. Most oat milk is fortified with calcium and vitamins D and B12 so you won't be missing out by eating oat milk porridge.
Did you know you can also use oat milk to make dairy-free custard? It also makes a great dairy free white sauce and hot chocolate. Or try these oat milk pancakes for breakfast. You can also freeze leftover oat milk to use later.
Water - I use half water and half milk in the recipe. Use all milk if you prefer.
Salt. A tiny pinch of salt enhances the taste of the porridge and actually makes it taste slightly sweeter. Omit if you prefer.
Note: For gluten free dairy free porridge, make sure both your oats and oat milk are certified GF.
How to make dairy free porridge with oat milk
Add the oat milk, water, oats and salt if using to a medium sized pan. Place over a medium heat and bring up to the boil, stirring regularly.
Simmer gently for 3 minutes, continuing to stir regularly. The porridge will thicken and the oats become soft.
Serve hot with your favourite toppings. I like to add fruit and a few chopped nuts for some extra protein. Add a drizzle of honey or maple syrup if you want extra sweetness, or a spoonful of this quick sugar free jam, or homemade date puree.
Stewed fruit is also delicious on porridge, and these stewed plums with honey are a delicious and healthy addition. Blackcurrant sauce is also delicious, and a great way to boost your vitamin C in the morning!
Frequently asked questions
Oat milk works really well in oatmeal and makes a super creamy bowl of porridge. It's healthier to use unsweetened oat milk - you can always add a drizzle of honey to your oatmeal if you want extra sweetness.
Yes! Oat milk is simply made from oats that have been soaked in water, blended and then strained. The 'milky' liquid that is produced from this process has nothing to do with cows! Oat milk is vegan and dairy free and is widely available in the UK.
Yes, porridge oats are made from oats which have been steamed and rolled into flakes so that they cook more quickly. However, porridge oats are usually made into porridge by cooking them in cow's milk. This dairy free porridge recipe uses non-dairy milk.
A generous bowl of this oat milk porridge has 255 calories. If you want to cut the calories, use oat bran rather than oats to make your dairy free porridge.
Other healthy breakfast recipes
Why not browse the healthy breakfasts collection for more inspiration? If you enjoy muffins in the morning, these healthy apple muffins or quinoa breakfast muffins are a great dairy free breakfast idea. Or easy yourself into the day with some delicious stewed apple.
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Dairy Free Porridge
- 100 g porridge oats or rolled oats GF if required
- 240 ml oat milk GF if required
- 240 ml water
- pinch salt
- Add the oat milk, water, oats and salt to a pan. Place on a medium heat and bring up to the boil, stirring regularly.
- Reduce the heat and simmer for 3 minutes, stirring regularly, until the porridge thickened.
Please note nutritional information is per serving and is provided for guidance only.