Sweet & Warm Winter Porridge Oats

On a cold winter morning nothing taste better than warm porridge, topped with something yummy… Except for a cup of strong black coffee, of course!

Below you can see our latest new favourite topping combinations: pecans with maple syrup and persimmon with caramel sauce (kids’ favourite).

And what’s your favourite oatmeal topping?

winter porridge recipe ideas


  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1 cup of  boiling water
  • 1 cup of milk
  • pinch of salt

for the persimmon & caramel topping

  • ½ sliced persimmon fruit per portion
  • caramel – to taste 

porridge oats with persimmon and caramel topping

for the maple syrup & pecan topping

  • small handful of pecans (optionally toasted) per portion
  • maple syrup – to taste

porridge oats with maple syrup and pecans


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in medium pot and cook over low fire until oats and porridge have right consistency, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add a bit of boiled water or milk if the porridge is too thick.
  3. Share to the bowls.
  4. Finish of by adding toppings and enjoy while still warm.

Serves 2.

winter warming up breakfast recipe ideas


Maple syrup can be substituted with honey or agave syrup and pecans with other nuts.

As persimmon is not always in season we sometimes replace it with pears or apples.


For more porridge ideas take a look at our: Fruity Porridge Breakfast Ideas for The Whole FamilyWarm Chocolatey Porridge with Fruits, Seeds & NutsSugar-Free Pumpkin Seed & Cranberry Breakfast PorridgeSugar Free Almond & Sultana Breakfast Oatmeal or Nutella & Strawberry Oatmeal.

Your thoughts…

  1. We enjoy oats in our house too, and make them often. These sound like they are full of flavour. I like making a big batch that I can easily reheat in the mornings.

  2. I never thought of making oats in advance, thanks for the tip Gloria.

  3. Always looking for something different for breakfast and this looks delicious!

  4. Thank you Erica! :)

  5. I am not a fan of oats but this one looks so yum.

  6. This is very creative!

  7. Wonderful and creative combinations. We eat porridge (oatmeal in the U.S.) and other cooked grains several times a week, so it’s great to get some new ideas. I love sliced almonds, maple syrup and berries best of all.

  8. Thank you Lynne. Almond flakes and maple syrup are one of my favourites as well but for some reason we don’t really use berries often in porridge… I need to try this next time. I’m sure girls will love it.

  9. Brilliant! I love porridge and persimmons, too!

  10. Thank you Ilaria! I’ve been loving persimmons for a long time but only recently discovered that they taste so good in porridge :)

  11. I love porridge, it sets me up for the day and helps stop my sugar cravings. Your toppings look delicious, I usually have maple syrup but I reckon I’m going to add some pecans after seeing yours. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Thank you Sarah, for me porridge is the best breakfast, especially when I have a busy day and it needs to last till lunchtime.

  13. This makes me want to add porridge to my breakfast line up!

  14. Sarah, I don’t think I would be able to live without porridge, especially in winter months.

  15. Porridge is my favorite breakfast! Yours looks lovely. Yummy.

  16. Thank you Tanya! :)

  17. Good choice Jacqueline! :)

  18. Great ideas to make porridge fun!

  19. Thanks Derek :)

  20. The hubby & I eat oatmeal pretty regularly (the hubby actually eats it every morning). We like to top it with blueberries, nuts and dry fruit (no sweetener since the dried fruit provides plenty of sweetness). I love it because it easily carries me through to lunch. . .no problem. I’ve never actually topped it with persimmons (or caramel). . .but loving this idea to mix it up a bit.

  21. I like the sound of blueberries Lynn. For some reason I have never used blueberries on porridge… I need to remember to buy some blueberries soon.

  22. I am an apple and cinnamon girl but this is great for a change

  23. Thank you Winona :)

  24. Yum! I’ve never had persimmon for breakfast but having it with caramel? Your kids have good taste.

  25. They will add anything to make it as sweet as possible Amy ;)

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