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Best 4 Ingredient Protein Porridge

If you are looking for an easy, cost effective, and healthy breakfast then try this delicious 4 ingredient protein porridge recipe. It is a great way to get a protein boost for your morning meal.

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I am a big fan of homemade breakfasts that don’t take a ton of time or energy, yet fill up little bellies so they can focus on their schoolwork.

It is important to start your day off right, whether you’re a child or adult, and adding healthy fats and extra protein are simple ways to do that.

If you have a family that isn’t sure about oatmeal, ease them into it with my overnight oatmeal bake that kids love.

It is an excellent way to get their morning oats on their plate without having to create a mess in the kitchen.

Plus, your kids will love the overnight oats because they have the perfect amount of sweetness.

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What is protein porridge?

Protein porridge is a stovetop oatmeal that uses a simple protein source to increase the protein content of the bowl of oats.

Why you’ll love protein porridge

  • This recipe is perfect for the beginner home cook because it is so simple
  • You will only need 4 ingredients to make this healthy bowl of oatmeal
  • It is perfect for picky eaters because you can tweak it for each person
  • Porridge tastes great with fresh fruit or frozen fruit
  • This is the perfect way to get more grams of protein into a delicious breakfast
  • You will only need one cooking pot to make this high-protein oatmeal, which means an easy clean up
milk in a glass measuring cup with oats

How can I add protein to my porridge?

Most people use some sort of protein to their porridge to prevent a blood sugar spike that many breakfast foods cause.

While whole oats do provide some protein content, you might want to add more to create a more balanced breakfast.

  • peanut butter or a spoonful of nut butter
  • favorite protein powder,
  • cottage cheese or greek yogurt,
  • chopped nuts
  • cacao powder
  • almond milk

Is protein porridge good for you?

Oatmeal is great for your heart health and is a great option for breakfast or a snack.

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Ingredients in Protein Porridge

  • Rolled Oats- I use old fashioned oats for our porridge recipes but you can use quick oats if that’s what you have on hand. Be aware that if you use steel cut oats you will need to adjust the temperature to cook them all of the way through.
  • Protein powder- This is the key to these protein oats. I use a scoop of protein powder made with pea protein, but you can use another protein source, such as peanut butter powder.
  • Milk- In our home, we use unsweetened almond milk or whole milk to make our high protein oatmeal recipe, but feel free to use an oat milk, coconut milk, or soy milk if that is what you prefer.
  • Sweetener- Maple syrup is our favorite sweetener for oatmeal. You can use honey, sucanat, or another sugar to sweeten your oats.
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Steps for making protein porridge

  1. Heat up your milk in a sauce pan on the stove until it is at a slow boil.
  2. Once your milk is simmering, turn off the heat and add in your oats and sweetener (I like to add in a teaspoon of vanilla extract, too).
  3. Put the lid on your saucepan and let the oats soak up the milk for 5 minutes.
  4. Pour in your protein powder and mix well to eliminate clumps.

How to make porridge thicker or thinner

If you want thicker porridge, cook it longer on the stove so the cooked oats will absorb more of the liquid.

If you like a thinner oatmeal, serve it sooner so it can’t soak up the milk.

When you are making your oatmeal, if it gets too thick, add a few tablespoons of milk to thin it out before serving.

vanilla protein powder in a small dish on a white counter

When to add protein powder to porridge or oatmeal

It is best to add your protein powder after your oats are heated and cooked.

If you add it to the liquid with the oats, it’ll get too thick and not taste as good.

Some people prefer a very thin oatmeal. If this is you, add two tablespoons to the protein powder prior to adding it to the cooked oatmeal.

This will give you a creamier, thinner oatmeal.

Milk to Oats ratio for Porridge

The amount of milk you will need for your oatmeal will be determined by the type of oats you use.

  • Old Fashioned Oats- 1/2 cup dry oats to 1 cup liquid
  • Steel Cut Oats- 1/3 cup dry oats to 1 cup liquid
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Are porridge and oatmeal the same thing?

Oatmeal and porridge are the same thing. Both are made by adding milk, or another liquid, to oats and cooking them.

Oatmeal is what the English refer to as porridge.

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Variations for Porridge

  • Chocolate Protein Oatmeal- Use a chocolate protein powder and sprinkle on some chocolate chips.
  • Maple Pecan Oatmeal– Add in 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, chopped pecans, and a sliced banana
  • Berry Oatmeal– Make a simple berry compote, which is the cooking down of fruit over the stove, and pour onto the porridge
  • Seed Oatmeal– Fill your oatmeal with nutrients by adding flax seeds or chia seeds
  • Peanut Butter Oatmeal– Add in a scoop of peanut butter powder or creamy peanut butter and stir
blueberries in a bowl of oatmeal

Can you refrigerate Oatmeal?

You can store your oatmeal in the refrigerator for 2 days.

It will be sticky, so dump it in a saucepan with a small amount of liquid to help it thin out.

When you are ready to reheat it, bring the temperature up by cooking it over low heat on the stove. You can add a few tablespoons of milk to help it be easier to stir.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does porridge contain protein?

While porridge, which is made of whole oats, does contain small amounts of protein, you will want to add an additional protein source to help increase the amount in your breakfast dish.

What are some quick and healthy add-ins for oatmeal?

Dried Fruit
Chocolate chips
Flax or Chia seeds
Fresh Fruit
Dried Coconut Flakes

How can you make porridge creamy?

A great way to make porridge creamy is by adding in a heaping scoop of greek yogurt. Not only does it make it creamy, but it also adds more protein to the breakfast food.

Can you microwave Protein Porridge?

You can microwave your oatmeal, but it will produce a thick, almost gel-like oatmeal that isn’t the most appetizing.

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4 Ingredient Protein Porridge

Liz Quick
If you are looking for an easy, cost effective, and healthy breakfast then try this delicious 4 ingredient protein porridge recipe. It is a great way to get a protein boost for your morning meal.
Prep Time 0 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, British
Servings 2 servings
Calories 150 kcal


  • 1 sauce pan


  • 1 cup old fashioned oats or rolled oats
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½ scoop vanilla whey protein powder


  • Bring milk to slow boil over medium-high heat in a saucepan.
  • Once the milk I heated through, add in the maple syrup and oats. Stir to combine. Put the lid on the saucepan and turn the heat off.
  • Allow the oats to slowly cook and absorb the milk, which will soften the oats.
  • Once the porridge is the consistency you're wanting, add in the protein powder and stir. Serve immediately.


What are some quick and healthy add-ins for oatmeal?
Dried Fruit
Chocolate chips
Flax or Chia seeds
Fresh Fruit
Dried Coconut Flakes
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  1. Hello!
    Have you used whey and plant based protein for this? While I love the idea of plant based protein, my kids and I don’t love the taste of stevia or sugar alcohols which is what is in a lot of plant based protein powders. Are those flavors covered up with the other add ins and maple syrup?
    Thank you!

    1. I would say, yes. But, you can use whatever protein you’d like. I am even looking at a non-plant based protein and researching which is actually better. I will report back if I get around to it.

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