Creamy Coconut Porridge

Creamy Coconut Porridge

I might go as far as to say this is the world’s best porridge. It’s just so insanely rich and creamy, yet so nourishing and health enhancing! The trick to getting the perfect consistency here is using a mix of coconut milk, coconut oil, banana and almond butter – such a winning combination, and trust me it’s so addictive! I’ve been waking up craving this porridge most days. It’s such a speedy breakfast too, it literally takes ten minutes and will keep you energised and buzzing for hours thanks to all the incredible metabolism boosting fats, plant protein and fibre. I love how warming it is too, so perfect for the wintery months. It tastes unbelievably good just on its own as the banana gives a wonderful sweetness, the almond butter adds a nutty touch and the coconut adds a tropical blend, but the toppings are pretty fun too – I love my toppings! My favourites are fresh blueberries, raw cacao nibs, juicy raisins or goji berries, bee pollen, raw honey and crushed nuts or seeds. Once you’ve added all of the toppings you will have more goodness and energy in your body than you know what to do with! If you’re in a rush it’s a lovely dinner for one too, especially if you’re after something sweet!

I know people are nervous of fats, but please trust me on this one – they’re so good for you and we all really need them to look and feel our best! Coconuts are the perfect fat source too as they have been shown to help balance blood sugar, improve metabolism, help thyroid function and improve good versus bad cholesterol levels. They also contain lovely antioxidants that help to protect our bodies from disease! If you want to read more on it there’s a great Huffington Post article here.

Serves 1

– 1 cup of water

– 1/3 a cup of oats

– 4 tablespoons of coconut milk

– 1 tablespoon of almond butter

– 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

– 1 banana

– Optional: 1 tablespoon of maca powder for an extra energy boost

My favourite toppings:

– fresh blueberries

– bee pollen and raw honey

– crushed nuts or seeds

– raisins and goji berries

– cacao nibs

Simply add the oats, water, coconut milk and slices of banana to a saucepan and allow it to heat for about ten minutes, until the liquid has all been absorbed. Then stir in the almond butter and coconut oil and let them dissolve into mix. Once it’s all nicely mixed pour it into a bowl, add all your favourite toppings and then it’s ready to enjoy!


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  • Emma Hair

    Hi Ella, this looks incredible, just a quick question – is the coconut milk the type you get in cartons that is an actual milk substitute? Or is it coconut milk that you find in tins? Sorry probably a silly question but just thought I’d make sure! Thanks, keep up the good work, can’t wait for the book xx

  • Tricia

    Hi Ella

    This porridge rocks! I adore porridge and this is the best yet. Even managed to persuade my boyfriend to try and spoonful of it,.,.,the next day he asked for a bowl for himself! Love trying out your recipes and can’t wait for the book now! Thank you., x

  • Kerry Leigh

    Hi Ella,
    I have been making porridge with coconut milk for a few weeks now and I love it. I found this recipe and it sounds amazing, I’m sure it will make my porridge taste so much better than it already does! I just have a question, my stomach doesn’t tolerate bananas well, so could I substitute them for something else, cut them out or are they vital for the recipe? And can you put the raw honey in straight away or does it have to be warmed first as I find it sometimes just stays in one big gloop when it’s used from being cold!

    Thanks again, your recipes are absolutely fantastic :) x

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  • Marianne Woods

    I notice you use a lot of maca, buckwheat flour and dates. Where do you buy these and what is the health benefit of buckwheat flour??Thanks

  • Amy

    Oops, I accidentally mis-read the recipe and cooked the coconut oil and almond butter in with everything instead of adding it at the end. Does it make a difference to the taste/nutrition if you do this?!

  • ellawoodward

    No, it shouldn’t make too much difference x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Marianne,

    I buy them online or in my local health food store except for the medjool dates which you can get in any supermarket. Buckwheat is a gluten free alternative which is high in protein and very heart friendly too!

    • Marianne Woods

      Thanks. I must try your recipes. I am 48 and suffer fibromyalgia amongst other things but I have always wanted to incorporate healthier eating habits and am not quite sure how. I love all the foods you use for ingredients so, I am sure I will be learning a lot from you. Thanks for posting this blog and I look forward to eating, reading and learning more. Thanks for sharing your talents with us all and helping us to feel better and be healthy.

  • Leanne

    Amazing recipe, absolutely love this and I didn’t like porridge a month ago! So so yummy.

  • Pamela

    Hi Ella, I tried this recipe this morning and……OMG!!!!! Absolutely delicious!!!!!!! Thank you so much for all your recipes, you are a really nice person, vey kind and very creative. Keep up the good work!

  • Janice

    Hi, this recipe looks incredible! Can I remove (or can you suggest a substitute for) the banana? I despise bananas. Would the porridge hold up without it?

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Janice, yes the porridge would hold up without it but it might not be as sweet or as large a portion, so you could boosting the other ingredients or adding a little extra honey or pure maple syrup. Hope that helps :) Ella x

  • Zoe

    Hi, I’d like to know which coconut milk you use, like Emma has asked below but I don’t think it’s been answered yet. Is it tinned coconut milk or the coconut milk in the cartons? Many thanks. Love reading your blog and recipes! :-)

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Zoe, glad you’re loving the blog :) I use both tinned and cartons, for example Rude Health have a fab coconut milk that comes in a carton, but for most of my recipes, I use the tinned variety. As long as its 100% coconut milk, check the individual packets, but you should be fine :) hope that helps and sorry to not have answered the qu sooner! Ella x

  • Jennie

    Love this 😉 Found your blog about a month ago and am enjoying trying the recipes and incorporating new healthfoods into my diet. Especially as for a while I have been trying to cut down on the sugar which ‘got me through’ the day. I saw this and thought yes that’s just what i want this morning – but didn’t have the ingredients so substituted what I did have (almond milk and peanut butter) and still yummy. Really love the inspirational and creative ideas you are sharing and looking forward to trying many more. Thank you Ella

    • ellawoodward

      Hey Jennie – thanks for your lovely comment I just love hearing that! I think it’s great to just mix in what you have or what you fancy, recipes should never be about restricting yourself! Hope you love trying many more and hope you have a really great day, ella x

  • Michelle

    Just made it this morning and it was oh so tasty. I ran out of coconut milk, so I used almond milk instead. Half of this portion was enough for me for breakfast. This will now be my go-to porridge! Yum!

  • ellawoodward

    So happy to hear that! It’s so delicious :) x

  • Lynda Atkins

    It’s Christmas Day here in New Zealand and we are having this for breakfast, absolutely love it and our fave topping is toasted coconut flakes, pineapple chunks (fresh or tinned) and a drizzle of maple syrup.. Devine! Cant wait for my cookbook to come, love your recipes Ella. Happy Christmas and thanks for helping me to lose weight this year without ever feeling deprived x

  • ellawoodward

    So pleased you loved it. Happy new year x

  • ellawoodward

    So pleased you loved it. Happy new year x

  • Fran

    Oh my goodness Ella this porridge is off da hook! I made it for breakfast this morning and added some bee pollen wow*! Actually I first made it a few weeks ago with some leftover quinoa I had in the fridge instead of oats and as I don’t have any almond butter I subbed it with cashew butter (any reason why you use almond butter?) I also sneaked in a cheeky teaspoon of cocoa powder in there for a morning boost – and the result was pretty tasty but today I made it to your specs and I totally am in LOVE – just so creamy and gorgeous! Had to share keep up the good work in 2015! x

  • Julie Martin

    Hi Ella, I just wanted to say that I’ve hated porridge my whole life but this recipe has definitely changed my mind and I’m tucking into a lovely bowl of this as I type after my workout this morning! Thanks so much. I’m just starting to try and get a more alkaline diet started so I guess this would work for that too right? xx

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Julie, I’m so happy to hear that you like the porridge. Yes absolutely, and it’s so full of goodness too! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Fran. I’m so glad that you love it. I personally love almond butter but cashew butter works well too. Cacao powder sounds like a great addition. Thank you for your support! X

  • Lynsey Nichol

    Hi Ella
    I’ve just found you through the magazine article and I’m loving the blog and have ordered the book. I’m desperate to try this but sorry to be a pain I know it’s been asked a few times but I just can’t find a 100 percent coconut milk. The supermarket ones all have additives and I looked at the rude health one – do you mean the coconut drink? It’s only 2 percent coconut and it has rice? What does everyone else use?

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Lynsey, I love the Rude Health coconut drink. It’s additive free and is so delicious! Have a lovely day x

  • Lovetoad

    Just heard you on Steve Wright (radio 2) and loved the sound of this porridge. Have you a calorie count for the basic recipe please ie excluding any of the toppings? I’ve lost over 8 stones in the past year and have 2 more to lose and I’m always on the lookout for healthy and delicious recipes to add to my diet. Thanks

  • Jenni

    I made this for my mum who has just become a vegan and she said its the best porridge she ever had :)

  • Sam P

    Hi Ella
    can I ask how much a cup roughly is?
    Many thanks xx

  • ellawoodward

    I use a regular sized mug. Have a lovely day x

  • Claire Hughes

    I have always liked porridge but found after a couple of hours I would be starting to feel hungry again, that was when I used cow’s milk and syrup! Having changed my diet and started to work my way through your recipe’s, you have made it so easy to eat well with such little effort! I have four children, my youngest is almost 1 and I have just returned to work part time, I am exhausted but your recipes give me the energy I so need! On work days I have a train ride plus a half hour walk and here in Quebec it has been -40c some days! This coconut porridge is the best I have ever had, it keeps me going until past lunch time and puts me in a good mood :)

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Claire, I am so glad you love the recipes and feel great after having them. Keep up your healthy journey! X

  • Juuules

    Hi Ella. Just bought your book and starting to try the recipes out. You say in the book that oats are naturally gluten free but that you can buy certified gluten-free oats to be on the safe side. I made your delicious porridge and suffered a “gluten” reaction. Having looked into why this might be, it turns out that oats contain a protein, avenin, which is similar to gluten. To prevent other readers finding out the hard way like I did, you may want to include this information in the next reprint of your book – I’m sure there will be one!

  • ellawoodward

    Thank you for letting me know! Although oats don’t contain gluten, it’s difficult to predict everyone’s reaction to them as everyone is different. Thank you for your suggestion, I hope you are feeling better! Have a lovely day, Ella x

  • Helga

    So delicious! Made this for myself and my 7yo son this morning and we both loved it. I just left out the maca for his bowl and put in mine.

  • Lauren Aimé

    I had never tried nut butter on porridge and now I’m hooked. Thanks for the recipe – so delicious and healthy!

  • Malin

    You´re right: this IS the most delicious porridge ever! (and I am a porridge-lover, anyway!) And the toppings with blueberries and cacaonibs just make it perfect! :)

  • Malin

    You are so right: This IS the mos delicious porridge ever! And the toppings just make it perfect! :)

  • ellawoodward

    You could try medjool dates instead although I don’t think it’ll create the same creamy texture! X

  • ellawoodward

    The bananas make the porridge super creamy! You could try using mango or medjool dates instead! X

  • ellawoodward

    So pleased you liked it and that your children are enjoying the recipes too! x

  • ellawoodward

    Yes I would use the solid and the liquid part as it is both coconut and water x

  • Nikki

    This porridge is delicious. I don’t massively love porridge but I have been craving this since my first bowl . Its so creamy! I add honey on top which really gives it that sweet taste. Best breakfast ever!

  • Jingjing Wang

    Made this as dinner for my picky eater 20 months old son, he even likes it, and used spoon to feed himself. Thank you so much for the delicious recipe.

    • ellawoodward

      So happy he enjoyed it, that’s awesome! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Eliza, so happy you love this porridge, it’s one of my favourites! Have a lovely day x

  • ellawoodward

    Yum! It looks so good – so happy you loved it x

  • ellawoodward

    At the moment we get our oats from Ocado, but it is impossible to buy certified gluten-free oats due to possible cross-contamination in factories x

  • ellawoodward

    So sorry about that, unfortunately we don’t count calories but please feel free to consult a qualified nutritionist for advise specific to you x

    • Layali ElKhameesi

      Thanks for your reply. I actually have, for years now, and this is exactly what she told me that not only to heal with nutrition does a patient have to count the calories they consume but they also have to count the calories they burn because if, in a person who needs to restore their health, which, unfortunately hasnt happened for me yet, consuming more calories on a daily bases and not burning enough puts the body into “overdrive” which can lead to alot of problems depending on the case that needs to be healed least of which is weight gain which can put too much stress on the body which, ofcourse, will not allow it to heal.

  • Pastizzi Gourmet

    I was making this over the weekend, while you were getting married :) Congratulations!

  • Lauren Curry

    I used cashew butter and topped mine with blueberries and desiccated coconut. It was absolutely delicious! xx

  • Filipa

    Hi Ella!
    I cooked this porridge yesterday and it was soooo delicious!
    Even my mom loved it!
    Thanks for such an amazing recipe. I’m sure I will make it a lot, mostly in the cold winter.
    You’re such an inspiration for me!

  • Anna

    Oh, I’d love to know that, too :)

  • Rip Fran Winkle

    coconut milk in tins as 1. the cartons are full of nasty stuff unless you get Grace coconut milk from Amazon and 2. in her video where she makes this she uses the thick creamy milk at the top of the can, you don’t get that creamy milk with coconut milk in cartons

  • ellawoodward

    Hi :) yes it’s the tinned variety I use, check the ingredients of the tin you buy :). The cartoned varieties can be a bit hit and miss, unless you’re buying a high quality one, I love the Rude Health one as well – although Grace sounds like a good option too. Hope that helps! Love ella x