10 Healthy Porridge Toppings to help you and your family get a great start to the day! Many of these toppings are made with pantry staples, so you can easily make these toppings any day of the week.
Porridge is such a big part of our family’s morning routine. When we are looking for a healthy and quick breakfast recipe, oatmeal porridge is often the answer.
While porridge is a breakfast that can be enjoyed year round, we are eating porridge more frequently now that the fall weather is in full swing. A bowl of warm oatmeal is our family favorite way to welcome in the chilly mornings.
These 10 healthy porridge toppings are perfect for the entire family. You can adapt many of these porridge topping recipes for a young baby. When our little one was just starting solids, the Pumpkin Pie Porridge was a favorite.
10 Healthy Porridge Toppings that you can make for the entire family
Feel free to use these healthy porridge toppings for baby led weaning – just be careful of the dried fruits and nuts. With the nuts, you can replace them with ground almonds, or finely chop them yourself.
Our toddler, now a year and a half old, loves to eat all of these porridges as is. At the same time, my partner and I also enjoy them too. These are 10 healthy porridge toppings are truly family friendly.
I hope this recipe saves you time in the mornings since you can cook one breakfast for the entire family. I’m all for breakfast recipes that are healthy, filling, and nutritious for weekday mornings to get us going.
A lot of these healthy porridge toppings are also cupboard staples, so you can also just cook up a pot of plain oatmeal, and let everyone do their own mix-ins and toppings.
I’ve included a recommended natural sweetener to each of these porridge topping recipes, but keep in mind that it’s your choice whether or not to add the sweetener, and how much sweetener to add. Sweeteners can be added last minute, so you can easily adjust to taste.
These healthy porridge topping ideas can easily be adapted to fit your family
Personally, I usually leave the sweeteners off completely for my toddler, but I secretly add a bit of sweetener to my bowl of porridge. Or as an alternative to a sweetener, I just add on a bit more fruit or spice.
Tried and tested!
Here are your 10 Healthy Porridge Toppings
Mix-ins: ground cinnamon (1/4 teaspoon), nutmeg (pinch), brown sugar (optional)
Toppings: apple (cut into matchsticks), pecans (chopped, depending on age of child), maple syrup (optional)
Notes: for a young baby, you can replace the chopped pecans with almond flour and replace the apple matchsticks with applesauce.
Mix-ins: grated carrot (1/2 carrot), raisins (1 tablespoon), cinnamon (1/4 teaspoon), nutmeg (pinch)
Toppings: grated carrot, raisins, brown sugar (optional)
Mix-ins: tahini (1-2 teaspoons)
Toppings: sesame seeds, poppy seeds, chopped medjool dates (1-2 dates)
Raspberry and Vanilla
Mix-ins: vanilla powder (1/8 teaspoon), vanilla yogurt (2 tablespoons)
Toppings: fresh raspberries, chopped roasted almonds, raspberry jam (optional)
Mix-ins: pumpkin puree (2 tablespoons), pumpkin pie spice (1/4 teaspoon)
Toppings: pumpkin puree, cinnamon, maple syrup (optional)
Notes: for a young baby, you can substitute the maple syrup for a banana
Mix-ins: peanut butter (1-2 tablespoons)
Toppings: banana slices, peanut butter drizzle, honey (optional)
Notes: you can also add chopped bacon pieces for the full version of The Elvis
Mix-ins: molasses (2 teaspoons), ground ginger (1/8 teaspoon), vanilla powder (1/8 teaspoon)
Toppings: dried cranberries
Notes: We use blackstrap molasses. It’s the healthiest type of molasses with more vitamins and minerals, but it has a distinct taste and is not very sweet. Use dark or light molasses for a more familiar gingerbread sweetness.
Mix-ins: yogurt (1/4 cup) (regular or Greek)
Toppings: sliced banana, honey
Chocolate and Avocado
Mix-ins: cacao powder (2 teaspoons), brown sugar (optional)
Toppings: sliced avocado, dust with extra cacao powder
Note: We use cacao powder, which is a raw form of cocoa powder and retains more nutrients
Mix-ins: extra milk
Toppings: toasted coconut flakes, chopped roasted almonds, dark chocolate chips
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10 Heathy Porridge Toppings
Base Porridge Recipe
- 1/2 cup jumbo rolled oats (old fashioned oats)(use GF oats for GF option)
- 1 cup water or milk, or a mixture of the two (use non-dairy milk for vegan option)
Porridge Toppings (see notes)
Add everything into a small saucepan. Bring to a low simmer on medium-high heat. Turn the heat to low, and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the oats have softened and thickened. Add more milk for creamier porridge.
Serve into bowls and top with your choice of toppings (see below).