During the chillier months of my childhood, I’d often bounce down to the kitchen for breakfast, all wrapped up in a bundle of warm clothes, to find a pot of oat porridge bubbling away. It was a bit of a staple morning time meal back then, living near the chilly borders of Scotland.

Scotland provides the optimal conditions to grow oats, so it was destined to find its way into our bellies. Porridge was inexpensive, easy, nutritious and filling.

I loved it, because not only was it always tasty and creamy, it was one of those breakfasts that I just knew was going to leave me feeling satiated.

Magic Porridge Pot - gluten-free date sweetened porridge by Trinity #vegan

These days, I always make a massive magic porridge pot full of deliciousness when I am looking after a group on retreat, especially if the weather is a little on the cold side.

It always delights me to see people light up when they see porridge on the breakfast menu. It’s so nurturing and warm, it’s like a beautiful big-bear hug! The recipe I am publishing today is just the sort of thing I’ll serve for my guests.

I’m sharing the ‘porridge for one’ quantity here, but please do multiply and adapt to your hearts desire.

Magic Porridge Pot - gluten-free date sweetened porridge by Trinity #vegan


Oats and gluten-free?

With the increasing sensitivity to gluten in a lot of people, I use certified gluten-free Scottish porridge oats (oats are naturally gluten-free, although they tend to be produced in the same factory as wheat – and surprisingly contamination is common).

For more on oats and gluten free read this article here: Oats and the Gluten-free Diet

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Magic Porridge Pot - gluten-free date sweetened porridge by Trinity #vegan

My Magic Porridge Pot Recipe (gluten-free, dairy-free)

Yield: 1 bowl
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

An easy, creamy, gluten-free, dairy-free breakfast porridge made with organic dates, cinnamon and gluten-free, Scottish porridge oats.


  • 5 organic dates (pitted)
  • 50g (1/2 cup) porridge oats
  • 375ml (1 1/2 cup) plant-based milk
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 heaped teaspoon sugar-free fruit spread (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut cream (optional)


  • Chop the dates into thin slices.
  • Add the oats, chopped dates, plant-based milk, water and ground cinnamon to a small pan.
  • Turn on the heat and bring to the boil, stirring the contents occasionally with a wooden spoon.
  • Put on a loose fitting lid and return to stir frequently over a fifteen minute period. Press down on the chopped dates with your wooden spoon to encourage them to break down and 'melt'. The idea is that the dates provide a gentle sweetness to the porridge, by infusing in to the rest of the ingredients. If the porridge thickens up too much add a little extra plant-based milk or water.
  • After 15 minutes you can turn off and allow to cook in its own heat until you are ready to eat OR serve immediately.
  • Add any optional extras that you fancy. Maple syrup and fruit spread help to give it an extra sweetness. Creamed coconut will give it an extra creaminess (and naturally add to the sweetness too).
  • Enjoy.
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    Magic Porridge Pot - gluten-free date sweetened porridge by Trinity #vegan