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Porridge with Flax seeds, Berries and Banana

gluten free
wheat free
kid friendly
quick meals, fast feeds
cheap as chickpeas
1 spoon difficulty rating

2-6 minutes

1. Soaking the oats overnight in plant milk or water makes the porridge quicker to cook in the morning. 2. If using the from scratch version, halve the quantities to make one portion. The instant sachets only serve 1.

Serves: 1-2

Porridge with Flax seeds, Berries and Banana

A bountiful, energising vegan breakfast to boost your mood!

It's also easy to add even more tasty and nutritious vegan goodies, eg cashews or other nuts; dried fruit such as raisins, chopped figs or apricots; sunflower or pumpkin seeds...

We've offered two vegan versions: porridge from scratch - very economical, quick and easy, especially if you soak overnight - and also the individual packets which take only 2 minutes to microwave. You choose! Bags of porridge range from value versions to posher organic ranges. Again, make your choice according to budget and availability. 

Ready ground linseed (flax seed) is very cheap from Aldi. Alternatively, buy whole seeds and grind them up in a small electric coffee or spice grinder. Whichever you choose, store in the fridge in an airtight container to keep it fresh.



  • 50g/1¾ oz/½ cup  porridge or jumbo oats OR 1 sachet instant oats, eg Quaker Oats, Tesco etc
  • 350ml/12fl oz/scant 1½ cups plant milk, eg soya, almond, hemp etc - preferably fortified 


  • 2 tbsp berries
  • ½  banana, chopped
  • 2 tbsp flax meal 

Plus choose some or all of these:

  • Dried fruit: eg handful of raisins; chopped unsulphured apricots or regular ones; chopped figs etc
  • Nuts and seeds, eg cashews, pumpkin or sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts
  • Natural soya yoghurt (eg Alpro or Sojade)
  • Syrup to sweeten if needed: agave; maple; date are all good


  1. Stove-top method. Put the oats and soya milk in a saucepan and bring to the boil and simmer for 4-5 mins, stirring so the porridge doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan. Add more plant milk if necessary. 
  2. Microwave method. Cook on high for 2 minutes (or according to sachet instructions) then check, give a stir and add more plant milk (and microwave time) if necessary. 
  3. Serve and add the toppings of berries, banana and flax meal plus any extras that you like.
  4. A spoonful of soya or other vegan yoghurt makes a lovely added extra!

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