Porridge with Warm Fruit Compote

Porridge with fruit

Start the day with a warm glow inside by tucking into this sustaining and nutritious breakfast. This tasty porridge is served with warm dried fruit compote, which adds sweetness and a good range of nutrients. Oats are a whole grain and a rich source of soluble fibre. They also contain protein, iron and calcium. This dish provides a good source of energy and is ideal for cold and dreary mornings. A filling breakfast such as this will help you resist the temptation to snack on unhealthy foods during the day.

Ingredients (serves 2)

Fruit compote:
100ml/4fl oz apple juice
pinch grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cloves
1 teaspoons honey (optional)
75g/3oz assorted dried fruit (e.g. prunes, apricots, pears, apples, raisins)
the peel of 1/4 lemon, finely grated


75g/3oz rolled oats
225ml/9fl oz semi-skimmed milk
225ml/9fl oz water


1) In a pan, warm up the apple juice with the nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and honey.
2) Add the dried fruit and lemon zest and simmer gently for about 20 minutes, or until the fruit is soft.
3) Mix together the rolled oats, semi-skimmed milk and water in a separate, heavy-based pan and gently bring to the boil, stirring steadily.
4) Simmer the oat mixture for about 5 minutes until the desired consistency is reached.
5) Serve the porridge and top with the cooked dried fruit.

Calories per serving: 274
Fat per serving: 5.4g

Top Tips:

  1. To save time, the cooked dried fruit mixture can be prepared in advance, stored in the fridge and used hot or cold the following day. Oats are ideal for breakfast time as they are quick to cook.
  2. For variety, try using different dried fruits from time to time, such as dried berries.

Courtesy of the World Cancer Research Fund

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