JAMAICAN OATS PORRIDGE (VEGAN, GF)

JAMAICAN OATS PORRIDGE (VEGAN, GF)

JAMAICAN OATS PORRIDGE (VEGAN, GF)

Start your day with this satisfying and heart warming Jamaican Oats Porridge. Delicious super creamy vegan island style oatmeal made with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, a plant based milk of your choice and sweetened with coconut condensed milk.

porridge with orange topping

If you are looking for a creamy breakfast bowl that takes less than 10 minutes to prepare, then you definitely need to become acquainted with this porridge.

It’s tasty, healthy and packed with energy boosting nutrients that the body needs.

Growing up my family like most Caribbean households ate porridge for breakfast. We didn’t consume it daily but there wasn’t a week that went by without having a huge bowl.

I would sometimes feel like I was spoiled for choice, some days we would have Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge. and other days it would be Green Banana Porridge.

Whatever the case, breakfast was fun filled and delicious alike. You can even make something random like this Vegan Caribbean Breakfast that’s made from scramble tofu, leafy greens, pear (avocado) and plantain.

Jamaican oats porridge was also on rotation as well. I love it so much that I just had to share another childhood favourite of mine with you all.

One thing I should add is that Jamaican/Caribbean oats is more on the creamy side. We generally don’t use steel cut oats and the texture of the our oatmeal is very smooth almost to the point where the oats looked like they have dissolved..

In terms of appearance you definitely won’t see the oatmeal that’s absorbed most of the milk, you know that mushy/dense textured oats. This is more of a gruel or congee texture

Jamaican oatmeal focuses more on flavour, sweetness and texture in no typical order with quick oats or old fashioned (rolled oats) being the preferred choice.

close up of the porridge

THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF OATS
The length of time your porridge will take to cook depends on which oats you are using

Steel cut (aka Irish oats): Yield a chewy and nutty texture. They are whole grain hulls that have been cut once or twice with steel blades hence the name. They take at least 20 minutes to cook through.

Old fashion oats: These are whole grain that have been toasted, steamed, flatted and flaked. Due to their coarse texture they tend to hold their shape when cooking and absorb a lot more liquid. They take 10-15 minutes to cook through.

Quick oats: These oats have been cut, steamed and rolled thinner. These oats yield a more silky smooth texture and take about 5 minutes to cook. This is my favourite type to use.

Instant oats: They have been pre-cooked and pre-dried for immediate use. These oats tend to pop up in sachets and are usually microwave friendly and take 1 minute to cook.

INGREDIENTS YOU WILL NEED

Oats: choose from the options above and use your preferred cooking oats
Plant based milk: Use a creamy plant based milk that is full fat so coconut, almond or cashew milk work best.
Cinnamon/nutmeg/vanilla (not pictured): all are used for flavouring, don’t skip!!
Coconut condensed milk: This is the game charger sweetener which makes the porridge uber creamy!
Pink salt: a pinch of salt to balance things out
HOW TO MAKE JAMAICAN OATS PORRIDGE
steps 1-2 add water and milk

In a medium sized saucepan, add the water and plant based milk then bring to a boil (Picture 1 & 2).
steps 3-4 adding spices and vanilla

Once boiled stir in the cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla (picture 3 & 4).
Reduce the heat to medium and pour the oats into the saucepan while continuously stirring so the oats are evenly combined and doesn’t clump (picture 5).
steps 5-6 adding oats and coconut condensed milk

Allow the porridge to cook for 5-7 minutes and stir frequently to avoid sticking. If the porridge thickens up too much during the given time add a splash of water
Finally, pour in your coconut condensed milk and pink salt and sweeten to taste (picture 6).
OTHER FLAVOURS AND TOPPINGS TO TRY
Citrus: why not add the zest of a lemon/lime/orange
Warming spices: Ginger, mace, star anise, bay leaves,caraway
Garnish: Banana, strawberries, mango, pineapple, raisins, toasted coconut, nuts/seeds
DO OATS NEED TO BE SOAKED OVERNIGHT?
If you struggle to break down the starch then yes you may want to use the liquid that the recipes calls for and soaking overnight instead. Then follow the rest of the instructions.

IS IT NORMAL FOR THE PORRIDGE TO THICKEN AS IT COOLS DOWN?
Yes, If you leave the porridge overnight or to cool down completely it will thicken up. You can obtain it’s original texture by adding a splash of water/milk when re-heating.

DO OATS CONTAIN GLUTEN?
No, oats are gluten free and safe for people who are gluten intolerant. Usually the problem with gluten exposure lies with the facilities or the handling process.

Depending on how sensitive you are to trace contamination, you may want to purchase oats that are specifically labelled as “gluten free”.

Notes and tips

If the porridge thickens once cooled, add a splash of water/milk to restore its original texture
Feel free to use whenever plant based milk you prefer. I like rotating between coconut and almond milk.
This recipe has a higher milk content but you are more than welcome to use half milk and half water
For a creamy consistency I highly recommend using my Coconut Condensed Milk recipe.
You can use coconut sugar, agave or maple syrup but the porridge won’t be as creamy
Use a non sticky saucepan to avoid excess sticking
Once the oats are added to the pot, keep on stirring to avoid an uneven consistency.
The time the oats take to cook will depend on which ones you are using quick oats take 5 minutes and old fashion oats take 10-15 minutes.
If you are using old fashion oats you will most likely need to have 1-2 cups more of milk/water on standby to add if/when the porridge thickens up.

Jamaican Oats Porridge
Start your day with this satisfying and heart warming Jamaican Oats Porridge. Delicious super creamy vegan island style oatmeal made with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, a plant based milk of your choice and sweetened with coconut condensed milk.

Ingredients
▢1 cup Oats (Rolled or Quick) use gluten free if you are sensitive to trace
▢2 ½ cups plant based milk coconut milk or almond milk
▢½ cup Water
▢⅛ teaspoon Cinnamon
▢⅛ teaspoon Nutmeg
▢1 teaspoon Vanilla
▢⅛ teaspoon Pink salt
▢Coconut condensed milk to taste
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Instructions
In a medium sized saucepan, add the water and plant based milk then bring to a boil.
Once boiled stir in the cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.
Reduce the heat to medium and pour the oats into the saucepan while continuously stirring so the oats are evenly combined and doesn’t clump.
Allow the porridge to cook for 5-7 (rolled oats will take 10-15) minutes and stir frequently to avoid sticking. If the porridge thickens up too much during the given time add a splash of water
Finally, pour in your coconut condensed milk and pink salt and sweeten to taste
Notes
If the porridge thickens once cooled, add a splash of water/milk to restore its original texture
Feel free to use whenever plant based milk you prefer. I like rotating between coconut and almond milk.
This recipe has a higher milk content but you are more than welcome to use half milk and half water
For a creamy consistency I highly recommend using my Coconut Condensed Milk recipe.
You can use coconut sugar, agave or maple syrup but the porridge won’t be as creamy
Use a non sticky saucepan to avoid excess sticking
Once the oats are added to the pot, keep on stirring to avoid an uneven consistency.
The time the oats take to cook will depend on which ones you are using quick oats take 5 minutes and old fashion oats take 10-15 minutes.
If you are using old fashion oats you will most likely need to have 1-2 cups more of milk/water on standby to add if/when the porridge thickens up.
Nutrition
Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 557mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 396mg | Iron: 2mg