Chia Porridge With AMAZING Toppings

Some mornings I want something more substantial than my Paleo Porridge and this is perfect for a bit of carb loading of the slow release variety.  Chia seeds are perfect for adding protein to your porridge, which will keep you feeling full until lunch, plus all their other benefits.

If you can’t be bothered clicking on the link, I will summarise – they contain protein, amino acids, iron, fibre, calcium, magnesium, omega 3s. OK?

Chia seeds have no flavour so are perfect for mixing into things (and sneaking into kids yogurts etc for a protein and nutrient boost) but what is also brilliant about them is their texture. They form a gel consistency when mixed into liquid, so are a perfect thickener to soups, stews, smoothies, and of course porridge. You won’t even notice they are there! Unless you are my husband, who thinks they are a bit gloopy and frogspawny in porridge, which is a shame.  But even he will eat them in yogurt as he likes the fact they are tasteless. so, persevere with chia!

If you’re feeling organised, you can soak your ingredients the night before, then all you have to do is heat it up in the morning for a super speedy breakfast. I soak it all ready to go in the pan on top of the hob, so it couldn’t be easier, even for an organisation-phobe like me.

You don’t even need a recipe for this.  I use  around a handful of organic jumbo oats per person and a heaped tablespoon of chia. Add about a mugful of almond (or any other) milk depending on how thick you like your porridge and a tiny pinch of salt. Soak overnight and then warm up in the morning or, if making from scratch, simmer on the hob for about 10 minutes.

Then the fun can really begin with…



This is possibly my fave. I LOVE hot cross buns, I could easily eat a whole packet. So I am often on the lookout for something similar, but healthier, and this is IT. Just don’t try to toast and butter it.

Add raisins, chopped apricots, a few twists of lemon zest, 1/2tsp mixed spice,  pinch cinnamon and few gratings of nutmeg at the cooking/soaking stage. This helps the fruit to get all juicy and plump and lovely. Top with pumpkin seeds and grated apple for a bit of texture. And honey, always honey. 


Ooh no, maybe this is my fave… Add 1/2-1 tsp cinnamon at cooking/soaking stage, top with sliced banana and honey. 


Add cinnamon, mixed spice and raisins at cooking/soaking stage. Once cooked, stir through 1/2 grated apple per person, chopped walnuts and top with apple puree (I use Hipp or Organix baby puree, apple and pear, its organic, cheap and easy, yippee! Hipp Puree). Drizzle with honey or maple syrup.


Add cinnamon, sliced banana, chopped walnuts and a spoonful of almond or nut butter. Dreamy!


My kids like it with just chopped apricots and honey. 

Paleo Porridge


Oats are supposed to be very good for us, so when I first learned of the Paleo diet I was sceptical about cutting them out of my diet. But I did often feel tired, sluggish and bloated after my morning porridge.  So first of all I made  Chia Porridge which I found left me feeling much less bloated and also fuller for longer. Yippee!! I then decided to see if I could make a porridge that was completely grain-free, and this is the result!

This is my go-to breakfast which I adjust to whatever I have in the cupboard. I make enough for 2-3 breakfasts at a time and keep in the fridge for a super speedy breakfast. I would describe it as a cross between Bircher muesli and porridge and it is DELICIOUS!  My daughter often requests this, she loves it so much, and it’s lovely sending her off to school knowing she has a tummy full of omegas, amino acids and protein to keep her going through the day. 10 reasons to eat chia seeds


My secret ingredient is…. Baby food! Yep. Toddler apple purée. I buy Hipp or Organix purees in bulk when they are on offer so I can have different flavours and always have them on hand to make this.


You are only heating this to speed up the soaking of the chia seeds, so leave it on a  low heat whilst you shout at the kids to get dressed/make packed lunches/referee fights, etc.

RECIPE (serves 2-3 depending upon greed levels)

I tend to really just thrown things in the pan when I make this so it is a recipe in the loosest sense. Feel free to adjust accordingly.

1 100g tub fruit purée (my fave is Hipp Apple and Pear)

About 2/3 mug full almond milk/water

About 1/4 mug full chia seeds

V. small handful raisins/chopped dates/apricots

2 tsps cinnamon

1 large or 2 small apples, grated

pinch salt

2 tbsp (ish) ground almonds

Ground flaxseed/pumpkin seeds/chopped walnuts


1. Warm first 5 ingredients in pan for 5-10 minutes until chia seeds soak up liquid and produce a frog-spawn like texture 😂  The heat speeds up the soaking of the chia seeds. Alternatively, you can soak them for an hour or overnight and skip straight to next step. If soaking rather than cooking, you can have this like a Bircher muesli and don’t need to heat it at all. Add splash more milk or water if texture too thick.

2. Grate your apple and mix with pinch salt. I don’t know why but I just think it tastes nicer this way.

3. Take pan off heat and stir in ground almonds, this instantly thickens the texture. Add grated apole and stir well.

4. Stir through 1 tbsp flax/ handful seeds/chopped nuts if using and top with raw honey or almond butter.  It is AMAZING with almond butter.


If I have no apples or I am in a real rush, I make this with 2 tubs baby purée and skip the grated Apple.  Just add a few more chia seeds/ground almonds to thicken it up if necessary. This option is particularly DELICIOUS with the almond butter stirred through as it gives it some texture.

This is gorgeous with Apple and Raspberry or Apple and Mango purees too, swap the cinnamon for some vanilla essence or some desiccated coconut and add extra fresh raspberries or mango on top. YUM!

Let me know any other combinations that work for you, too.