Two bowl of exciting porridge with toppers on the side

Mocha porridge

  • serves 2-3
  • Easy

Morning porridge tastes so much more exciting when you add cocoa powder, espresso, almond milk, dates and cinnamon. The perfect vegan start to the day


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  • soft light brown sugar 1 tbsp
  • dark cocoa powder 2 tsp
  • freshly brewed espresso 70ml
  • vanilla extract 1 tsp
  • porridge oats 100g
  • unsweetened almond milk 500ml
  • dates 3, halved and thinly sliced
  • ground cinnamon ½ tsp
  • dairy-free yogurt 80g
  • toasted almond flakes 2 tsp
  • cacao nibs 1 tsp


  • Step 1

    Put the sugar and cocoa powder in a small pan, and gradually add the espresso and vanilla, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil over a medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer for 6-8 minutes or until slightly thickened and syrupy. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly.

  • Step 2

    Meanwhile, tip the oats into a medium pan and stir in the milk, dates, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Cook over a low-medium heat for 4-5 minutes, stirring until thick and creamy.

  • Step 3

    Divide the porridge between two bowls. Top with the yogurt, a drizzle of the mocha syrup, the almonds and cacao nibs.

Nadine Brown is a recipe writer and food editor with six years’ experience writing healthy recipes. There’s always an interesting, nourishing bowl of food at her table. Find her on Instagram @n0sh17.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 357
  • Fat 11.4g
  • Saturates 2.5g
  • Carbs 49.2g
  • Sugars 14.7g
  • Fibre 6.6g
  • Protein 10.2g
  • Salt 0.5g