Caribbean Oat Porridge

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  • Total: 11 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 6 mins
  • Pre-soaking oats: 4 mins
  • Servings: 2 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
75 Calories
1g Fat
14g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 75
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 3g
Calcium 25mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Porridge is a hot preparation of one or more grains (oats, buckwheat, millet, maize, rice, sorghum, or wheat) cooked in water or milk. It can be served with sweet or savory toppings, but in Jamaica, the term porridge traditionally refers to oatmeal, and the following preparation is very common throughout the Caribbean.

This recipe gets a wonderful flavor boost from cinnamon and nutmeg, and the raisins cooked right into the porridge give a nice, soft texture. Whole milk adds a creaminess so delicious the dish can pass as a dessert pudding. 


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup raisins (rinsed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated)
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • Optional: extra whole milk and sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Soak the oats in 1 cup of water for 4 minutes.

  3. While the oats are soaking, bring the remaining 2 cups of water and the cinnamon stick to a boil in medium heat.

  4. When the water boils, add the soaked oats along with any residual soaking liquid.

  5. Stir in the rinsed raisins and reduce to low heat.

  6. Cover the pot and cook for 5 to 6 minutes or until the mixture becomes very thick.

  7. Remove from the heat and discard the cinnamon stick. Stir in the freshly grated nutmeg, sugar, and whole milk. Depending on your preference, you can add more milk and/or sugar.

  8. Enjoy hot!

Nutritional Value

  • Keep in mind that a standard serving of oats is half a cup of dry oats combined with 1 cup of liquid.
  • Use non-dairy or low-fat milk for reduced calories, but remember that the porridge will be thinner.
  • If you want to reduce the calorie count, use stevia instead of sugar and skip the whole milk. Although the texture will be different, you can add lots of flavor in other ways, like using extra cinnamon or nutmeg.
  • Add a spoonful of coconut oil to the mix for a silkier texture. These 120 calories of good fats are a great source of energy before an intense workout. The oats are filling and will provide sustained energy without bloating your stomach.
  • If you're short on time, use quick oats in place of rolled oats but follow the package instructions to adjust the cooking time.

Other Combinations

Porridge doesn't have to be exclusively a breakfast dish, although it's always a good meal to start your day. Here are other ideas to make it the perfect snack, dessert or savory side-dish:

  • For breakfast: Alternate layers of chopped fruit (bananas, plantains, oranges, berries, apples, pears, or breadfruit) with the oats, greek yogurt, and sliced almonds or crushed cashews for a morning parfait.
  • As a sweet snack or dessert: Add combinations like coconut milk and dried coconut; sweetened condensed milk and chunky granola; chopped Brazil nuts and honey; or chocolate chips and crushed graham crackers for an oats s'more.
  • For dinner or side-dish: cook oats in vegetable broth with salt and pepper, then top with chopped carrots, greens, cubed potatoes or peas.