By Chrissy Giglio

Published on April 3, 2017

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When you first hear the word “porridge,” you may not necessarily associate it with exciting, flavorful dishes—but we’re here to prove that these bowls can be anything but boring. For the past few years, acai bowls have been the center of attention when it comes to crafting breakfast masterpieces. But if you’re tired of using acai as your base, now’s the time to try a variety of grains instead—and you can add in anything you want based around your favorite flavors and textures. While there are countless ways to make super tasty porridge, we’ve rounded up some of the best recipes to help you get started.

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Roasted Fig and Honey Millet

If you’re looking for a naturally sweet breakfast, this roasted fig and honey millet bowl will be the perfect morning option for you. Roasting the figs makes them extra special so budget in an extra 15 minutes to get them just right before adding them to the almond milk and millet mixture.

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Banana Breakfast

If you want a simple version of a traditional bowl of porridge (but with an extra boost of flavor), try adding in bananas, maple syrup, cinnamon, and walnuts. This recipe is easy enough for anybody to master, and it’s a crowd pleaser. Cook your grains over low heat for about 35 minutes, and then stir in the milk and additional seasonings for a bowl of comforting goodness.

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Buckwheat With Figs and Cacao Nibs

This buckwheat porridge is loaded with healthy ingredients that will keep you full throughout the day. Blend together buckwheat groats, avocado, honey, vanilla, and lemon juice for the base, and top it with things lig figs, cacao nibs, and more honey.

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Passion Fruit With Coconut and Orange

These oat dishes don’t necessarily need to be warm comfort foods. For a fresh twist, try this passion fruit option. In addition to blood orange and coconut flakes, passion fruit is also mixed in with the oats. You won’t need any help reaching your minimum fruit intake for the day if you add this to your morning routine.

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Carrot Cake Oats

We’re all for mixing in tons of fruit into these hearty breakfast bowls, but what about veggies? This carrot cake option is perfect for those trying to sneak some extra vegetables into their diet. Along with oats, cinnamon, and milk, you add one grated carrot. If you’re a fan of even more add-ons, top with yogurt and fresh berries.

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Fried Banana and Almond Maple

If you’re in the mood to indulge, this fried banana and almond maple porridge is the perfect recipe to try. Bananas bubble in coconut oil until they’re perfectly golden—and add tons of sweetness to the final dish.

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Whipped Chocolate and Quinoa Crunch

Chocolate for breakfast? Don’t mind if we do. And this whipped chocolate and quinoa recipe doesn’t disappoint. The addition of cacao powder is already a major upgrade, but it’s the quinoa crunch that really takes it to the next level. You simply heat coconut oil with quinoa, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, cashews, almonds, and sugar in a skillet, and toast for about five minutes.

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Matcha and Coconut

Matcha is still one of the trendiest additions to food and drink, so why not introduce it to your breakfast bowl, too? Add a couple teaspoons of matcha powder for your oats, and it’ll turn your meal into an Instagram worthy dish. Top this with shredded coconut and figs for even more amazing flavor.

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Rose, Cardamom, and Pistachio

This may be a little involved for a before-work breakfast, but you should definitely put it on your list of weekend brunch ideas. Oats and coconut milk simmer together, and freshly crushed cardamom and rosewater or edible rose essential oil are added to the mix. Top with crushed pistachios and a drizzle of honey before you enjoy.

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Beetroot Cake

This deep purple blend is undoubtedly gorgeous and filled to the brim with healthy ingredients. The porridge base is simply oats, shredded beetroot, chopped pecans, and water. Once this healthy mix is ready, you can go ahead and top it however you desire. Fresh fruit, nuts, and seed all go perfectly. You can even add some chocolate syrup.