Happy World Porridge Day! In celebration of this cosy breakfast, we thought we’d share a delicious winter porridge recipe from 26 Grains! Founder, Alex Hely-Hutchinson explains…

“When we opened the shop in June 2015, this blueberry porridge was one of the first on the menu and it was an instant hit. It’s a firm favourite when the berry season is underway. There is something so delicious when blueberries and maple come together. The sweet and sour berry and dark treacle syrup paired with creamy, salted oats makes this such a moreish breakfast.”


Serves 2

For the porridge

100g rolled oats, soaked in 250ml water for at least 30 minutes

250ml unsweetened almond milk

¼ teaspoon sea salt


For the blueberry compote

250g blueberries

1 tablespoon maple syrup

Squeeze of lemon juice


To serve

2 tablespoons mixed seeds, such as flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds

Few strawberries, sliced

2 tablespoons coconut flakes

2 tablespoons Almond Butter from a jar or homemade

2 tablespoons amaranth (optional)


First make the blueberry compote: place the blueberries, maple syrup and lemon juice into a small pan with 1 tablespoon of water and allow to come to the boil. Once bubbling, take it off the heat and set aside.


Place the porridge ingredients, including the water the oats have been soaked in, into a pan over a medium heat and cook for 3–4 minutes, stirring continuously, until the oats have come together.


Spoon into 2 bowls and add the toppings in this order: a tablespoon of blueberries in a line down the middle with a pool of juice around the edge, then the seeds, strawberry slices, coconut flakes, almond butter and amaranth, if using.


26 GRAINS by Alex Hely-Hutchinson is published by Square Peg on 8 September at £20