Cinnamon plum porridge

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Cinnamon plum porridge - easy, delicious, and much healthier than sugary cereal!

Every time I make porridge for breakfast, I wonder why on earth I don’t make it more often (much like pancakes on Pancake Day…). It’s quick, it’s much healthier than a bowlful of sugary cereal, and it only gives you one thing to wash up, especially if you eat it straight from the pan (…did I say that out loud?) – not to mention the fact that it’s absolutely delicious and keeps you satisfied all the way through the morning.

After discovering the wonders of topping porridge with fruit when I made my coconut oats with brown sugar bananas way back in January, I decided to try a different version – cinnamon plum porridge. Generally I prefer savoury meals to sweet ones, but when I’m craving a bit of sweetness, I think this may well be my new go-to! Absolutely gorgeous!

Cinnamon plum porridge - easy, delicious, and much healthier than sugary cereal!

The porridge itself is thick and creamy, and the cinnamon plums on top are divinely juicy (yes, divinely). If you’re a fan of a sweet breakfast but don’t want too much refined sugar, this is the breakfast for you! I did add one spoonful of sugar while I was cooking the porridge, but you could always skip this if you prefer – once you’ve stirred the plums through, you might find that you don’t need it. Cinnamon is amazing at giving the illusion of sweetness!

Cinnamon plum porridge - easy, delicious, and much healthier than sugary cereal!

Don’t forget to drizzle your porridge with all the juices from the plums – as they cook, they release oodles of the stuff, and along with the dash of orange juice they’re cooked in and the generous pinch of cinnamon, these juices are one of the best bits of the dish. It’s like gravy for your breakfast (…or something that sounds less gross).

Cinnamon plum porridge - easy, delicious, and much healthier than sugary cereal!

I only cooked my plums briefly so that they still retained a bit of their shape, but if you prefer you can cook them right down. They will probably look more like plum jam than actual plums, but they’ll be just as delicious!

Cinnamon plum porridge - easy, delicious, and much healthier than sugary cereal!

Cinnamon plum porridge

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Becca Heyes


  • 100 g rolled oats
  • 100 ml milk use a vegan version if required
  • 1-2 tbsp brown sugar optional
  • 3 plums cut into wedges
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon


  • Add the oats and milk to a saucepan, and mix well. Place over a medium-low heat and cook gently for around 5 minutes, stirring regularly, until the mixture has thickened to your desired consistency (cooking it longer will make the porridge thicker). Add the sugar if desired.
  • Meanwhile, add the plums, orange juice and cinnamon to another saucepan, and place over a medium heat. Cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, until the plums are warm and soft.
  • Serve the porridge topped with the plums and more brown sugar if desired.

Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on your exact ingredients. Please calculate your own nutritional values if you require accuracy for health reasons.

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Cinnamon plum porridge - easy, delicious, and much healthier than sugary cereal!

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  1. I stew plums when in season and freeze in smallish pots. Then use during winter months to jazz up my porridge.. Grated apple and cinnamon also is good combo!

  2. Loving this Becca! My grandfather used to have porridge for breakfast each morning, thick and topped with brown sugar. I have really fond memories of porridge so I have no idea why I rarely cook it myself. I’ve bookmarked this one!

  3. Loved baked fruit for breakfast – it’s good at transforming stone fruit which might not be a sweet and juicy as it could be. Just acquired a slow cooker and eyeing it up for porridge making. Love that purple bowl with the plums – very pretty.

  4. What a perfect breakfast for a chilly autumnal morning. I”m going to get me a punnet of plums and have a try of your recipe as it looks so utterly inviting! Great photos :-)

  5. There is nothing like something hot and satisfying when you need some comfort — I mean breakfast!! :-) It starts your day just right and the nice toasty feeling stays with you. I like adding the plums to your hot oats ( we call them oats across the pond). Will definitely try this out — Thank you.

  6. Cinnamon, plum porridge sounds yummy and just right for these cooler Autumnal mornings of ‘mists and mellow fruitfulness’. Cinnamon is very warming and I understand boosts the metabolism! I will offer this breakfast dish to our guests!

    Thanks Becca for another inspirational idea!

    Best wishes

    Loire Valley