Sweet Chocolate Orange Porridge (easy and healthy)

I know a lot of people wonder ‘what do vegans eat for breakfast’? It’s a good question and honestly, since going vegan my breakfasts are definitely tastier than ever but remain super healthy. There are just so many vegan and plant-based options for breakfast, you won’t believe it.

Let’s start with our sweet vegan breakfast in the form of chocolate orange porridge. This is a perfect example of a delicious, cozy vegan breakfast which is also a perfect healthy vegan breakfast for weight loss and fitness. Being a vegan at breakfast time shouldn’t be boring, hard work or lacking in nutrition. Neither should it be bland or pure rabbit food (I know that’s what many non-vegans think we eat)! This healthy vegan sweet bowl will prove to you that you can eat healthy but super delicious foods for breakfast. This bowl will set you up brilliantly for the day and is great after your morning run.

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This quick and easy vegan breakfast is also perfect if you’re wondering ‘what can I feed my kids for breakfast’. You can trick your kids into thinking they are having a naughty breakfast by calling it chocolate porridge, and with all the tasty toppings they’ll be in heaven. The slow release of energy provided for the oats will ensure your little ones don’t get a sugar rush and burn before you’ve even hit 11am. Therefore perfect for vegan families!

If you’re like me and are usually craving chocolate (I mean, who isn’t) whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, then there’s always a chocolatey sweet vegan breakfast recipe to be found! Not only is this porridge recipe totally satisfying and filling, it will also provide a nutritious, healthy breakfast for you and your kids. No force-feeding needed!!

Trust me, this breakfast recipe is an absolute firm favourite in my house, especially in winter when you need something filling and warming. I’ve been making this oat recipe for years in all types of variations, and it never fails. Imagine having a healthy breakfast version of Terry’s Chocolate Orange for Breakfast, and this is it!

Which oats should I use?

I like to make my vegan sweet chocolate orange porridge nice and thick, so I use rolled oats, and wholegrain if I can get my hands on them. If you’re low on time or only have quick oats to hand, they will work too, but bear in mind they may not be gluten-free and you might just have to use a little more to make the porridge thick and creamy.

If you are Coeliac or are averse to gluten you will want to make sure you use oats labelled as gluten-free, as most standard oats are processed in the same place as wheat, barley and rye. This makes them unsafe as they can be contaminated. But if gluten isn’t a problem for you, you can just go ahead and use normal oats.

porride oats rolled oats

To make this vegan and gluten-free porridge you will want to make sure you use plant-based milk, such as oat milk or soya milk, but any plant-based milk that you like is fine.

Which plant-based milk is best?

You can use any plant-based milk that you like, I have probably used them all over the years. Oat milk gives the creamiest texture for porridge, but it really is your preference. I like to make my recipe with half water and half milk as it reduces the calories, but you can use all plant-based milk if you prefer. It will result in a much creamier porridge. If you wanted to reduce the calories even more you could make your sweet porridge with just cold water, but it won’t be as creamy.

Any variations?

This really is a super adaptable vegan recipe, so if you don’t like the orange you can omit that and just use the cocoa powder. If just using cocoa powder, it is topped really well with berries and banana. You can also use cocoa powder instead of cacoa powder if you don’t have any to hand, it just won’t be as healthy. Cacao powder is great for a healthy vegan breakfast as it contains nutrients such as Protein, Potassium, Zinc, Fiber, Iron, Magnesium, etc.

I do recommend using the cacao powder rather than cocoa powder if you have it. It’s super nutritious and is just a purer form of chocolate than the cocoa powder. The cacao can be a little bitter if you add in too much or if you’re not used to it, but the fruity swet toppings should add more than enough sweetness to make this oaty breakfast super delicious. See the optional toppings section in the recipe for some brilliant porridge topping ideas.

I also like to add milled Flaxseed to my porridge as it also contains so many nutrients and you can’t even taste it as the porridge is so tasty.

Top tip: If you only have flaxseeds rather than milled flaxseeds, you can put the seeds in a blender until it turns into fine dust, and then add to the porridge.

This fun idea for a tasty and healthy vegan breakfast will keep you full up until lunchtime, is a healthy vegan breakfast for weight loss and will even satisfy any picky eaters. Great for vegan adults, kids and vegan families.

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Delicious chocolate orange porridge with peanut butter, fruit, melted peanut butter and agave syrup.

AuthorSarahCategory, DifficultyBeginner

Dark, delicious, and definitely worth it. Chocolate for breakfast? Yes, please! This thick, creamy, chocolate orange porridge will fill you up until lunch and hit that chocolate fix!

Yields2 Servings
Prep Time2 minsCook Time10 minsTotal Time12 mins

Ingredients
 1 cup /82g rolled oats (can also use quick oats)
 2 tbsp cacoa powder (or cocoa powder)
 2 tbsp milled flaxseed (optional but totally nutritious)
 250 ml cold water
 250 ml non-dairy milk of choice
 Zest of half an orange
Optional Toppings
 ½ orange or 1 satsuma
 strawberries, blueberries, raspberries
 sliced banana
 chopped mixed nuts
 chopped dates
 chia seeds
 melted peanut butter
 maple syrup
 agave syrup
 2 chocolate orange or plain dark chocolate squares (they will melt into the hot porridge)

Method
1

Put everything in a pan (minus the orange segments) and cook on medium heat, stirring frequently, until the oats are cooked, and the porridge is thick and creamy. This usually takes about 7 to 8 minutes.

2

If it is too thick add a little extra plant-based milk or water.

3

Sprinkle with your favourite porridge toppings and enjoy! I like to top mine with orange segments or satsuma.

4

You can also make this chocolate porridge in the microwave, but as I don’t usually do it I wouldn’t be sure how long it takes. I would start by cooking for a couple of minutes and then cook for 1-minute intervals and stir until the oats are cooked. Just remember to not let the porridge overflow in the microwave or you’ll have a sticky mess to clean up!

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 cup /82g rolled oats (can also use quick oats)
 2 tbsp cacoa powder (or cocoa powder)
 2 tbsp milled flaxseed (optional but totally nutritious)
 250 ml cold water
 250 ml non-dairy milk of choice
 Zest of half an orange
Optional Toppings
 ½ orange or 1 satsuma
 strawberries, blueberries, raspberries
 sliced banana
 chopped mixed nuts
 chopped dates
 chia seeds
 melted peanut butter
 maple syrup
 agave syrup
 2 chocolate orange or plain dark chocolate squares (they will melt into the hot porridge)

Directions

Method
1

Put everything in a pan (minus the orange segments) and cook on medium heat, stirring frequently, until the oats are cooked, and the porridge is thick and creamy. This usually takes about 7 to 8 minutes.

2

If it is too thick add a little extra plant-based milk or water.

3

Sprinkle with your favourite porridge toppings and enjoy! I like to top mine with orange segments or satsuma.

4

You can also make this chocolate porridge in the microwave, but as I don’t usually do it I wouldn’t be sure how long it takes. I would start by cooking for a couple of minutes and then cook for 1-minute intervals and stir until the oats are cooked. Just remember to not let the porridge overflow in the microwave or you’ll have a sticky mess to clean up!

Sweet Chocolate Orange Porridge Recipe (easy and healthy).

Need more plant-based breakfast ideas? Take a look at our healthy vegan pancakes, made with banana, oat flour and plant-based milk. These vegan banana pancakes are a perfect weekend treat for families and for adults for Sunday morning breakfasts. You can also check out our our blog on 10 easy vegan breakfast ideas.

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