Porridge has been a quintessential British breakfast for thousands of years, with 49% of us regularly enjoying a bowl and a quarter of us eating it daily. Not only is it comforting to the soul, but also quick to make, requires almost no preparation and costs pennies to buy. Epic!

What’s more, porridge is a great choice for anyone who wants to lose weight. A serving of these versatile little oats (before milk) contains 145 calories. More importantly, it is loaded with potassium, calcium, vitamin A and E, as well as iron. That makes porridge one seriously healthy breakfast! But on its own, porridge can be bland. That’s why we want to share with you these gorgeous porridge toppings ideas that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy on a frosty Monday morning.

  1. Cinnamon spiced porridge with figs and cranberries

This delicately flavoured porridge recipe is absolutely divine and will remind you of a cosy Christmas morning. The cinnamon adds no calories but bags of spicy flavour, while the cranberries and figs give you delightful hints of sweetness. Perfect!

Ingredients needed:

Porridge oats and semi skimmed milk

A handful of chopped figs (24 calories)

A handful of fresh cranberries (19 calories)

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Method

Cook your porridge as normal. Stir in your cinnamon, and then top with the figs and cranberries.

  1. Almond butter porridge with pomegranate seeds 

Now, we know what you’re thinking. Surely adding butter to porridge is only going to add empty calories? Well, while you’re correct about the calories (there’s 95 in a serving), they’re certainly not empty. Almond butter is loaded with iron, magnesium and vitamin E, fibre and healthy fats. In fact, in moderation, almond butter has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels! Due to its properties and the fact it releases slowly into your system, adding a teaspoon of this clever nut butter to your porridge will keep you fuller for longer. And when combined with sweet pomegranate seeds, it’s mouth wateringly tasty.

Ingredients needed:

Porridge oats and semi skimmed milk

1 teaspoon of almond butter (95 calories)

A scattering of pomegranate seeds (10 calories)

Method

Prepare your porridge as per usual, but once cooked, stir in a teaspoon of almond butter until its melted. Then sprinkle a handful of pomegranates on top and dig in!

  1. Blackberry and apple topped porridge

We love apple and blackberries in our pies, so why not on our porridge? Easy to find in local supermarkets, apples and blackberries are cheap, cheerful and low in calories.

Ingredients needed:

Porridge oats and semi skimmed milk

Half an apple, chopped (20 calories)

Handful of blackberries (10 calories)

Method

Prepare your porridge as per usual. Chop the apple into manageable pieces. Halve the blackberries if you prefer, or keep them whole. Sprinkle over the top of the porridge.

  1. Cinnamon spiced porridge with banana and almonds

This porridge recipe is one big hug in a bowl. Sweet, crunchy and spicy, it’s the perfect antidote after a restless night’s sleep. It’s also loaded with potassium, iron, healthy fats and essential vitamins. Perfect!

Ingredients needed:

Porridge oats and semi skimmed milk

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Half a banana, chopped. (30 calories)

1 handful of whole or halved almonds (52 calories)

Method

Cook your porridge and mix in the cinnamon spice. Chop your banana into fine pieces and place over the top of your porridge. Then scatter the almonds on top of the banana.

  1. Chai spiced porridge with toasted coconut flakes and honey

Saving the best until last, this spicy and sweet porridge recipe is unique in flavour and texture. You can make your own chai spice using everyday items from your spice rack. Or you can buy a chai flavouring.

Ingredients needed:

Porridge oats and semi skimmed milk

Half a teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon of ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon of cardamom

1 teaspoon of honey (20 calories)

1 handful of coconut flakes (80 calories)

Method

Cook your porridge as normal. Mix the spices together separately and, once blended, add to the porridge mix. Stir well and top with coconut flakes and honey.

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