Chocolate Porridge with Pears & Nuts

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Try this fall-inspired creamy chocolate porridge with pears, bananas, and nuts! It comes together quickly and is oh-so-comforting.

Some recipes are so delicious that you could eat them for breakfast, snack, and dessert!

This creamy chocolate porridge is one of these fantastic meals. It’s healthy enough to be a filling and nourishing breakfast, but also sweet and decadent, so you can enjoy it as a dessert any time of the day!

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Whenever you feel those chocolate cravings, satisfy your sweet tooth with this wholesome treat.

Since warm and creamy oatmeal tastes especially good during fall and winter, we used crushed nuts, caramelized banana, pear, and almond butter for the topping in the photos.

However, you can simply add your favorite ones!

If you’re curious, try our overnight zoats next and check out our almond milk crepes, blueberry muffins, and breakfast parfait

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Recipe features 

  • Ready in under 15 minutes
  • Great for breakfast, snack, or dessert
  • Wholesome and indulging
  • Packed with nutrients & satiating
  • Can be enjoyed year-round

You can keep the toppings really simple and add what you have on hand, or take some extra time to roast nuts and caramelize a banana to make this porridge extra special!

rolled oats, nuts, plant-based milk, spices, and fruit on a table

Ingredients needed

  • Rolled oats — hearty, healthy, and filling basis for our porridge.
  • Soy milk & water — the cooking liquid; choose any dairy-free milk of your liking.
  • Bananas — one is cooked with the oats and the other is used for the topping.
  • Spices — cocoa powder, cinnamon, and maple syrup taste delicious!
  • Toppings — seasonal fruit (pear), crushed nuts, almond butter, vegan yogurt, and dark chocolate.

Find adjustment ideas for many of these components further down in our article. All you need to make this easy chocolate porridge is a pot, measuring equipment, and a spoon.

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Stirring Chocolate Oatmeal in a large pot

How to make chocolate porridge

  1. Combine all ingredients for the porridge in a medium-sized saucepan: rolled oats, soy milk, water, mashed banana, flax, cinnamon, and cocoa powder.
  2. Mix until well combined, then cook over medium-high heat until the oatmeal starts to bubble.
  3. Turn down the heat and let simmer for a few minutes until your desired consistency is reached. Be sure to stir occasionally, so the oatmeal doesn’t burn!
  4. Divide between serving bowls and decorate with your favorite toppings. Enjoy! 

Storage & serving

You can make larger batches of this chocolate porridge and store any leftovers, once cooled, in an airtight container in the fridge.

It keeps well for 3-5 days. Cooked oatmeal can also be frozen in individual portions for up to 3 months! 

Simply reheat it on the stove or in the microwave with an additional splash of soy milk until warm!

Chocolate porridge tastes best freshly cooked with an extra piece or two of dark chocolate on top — it’s heavenly when it melts and mixes with the almond butter.

We love it alongside our almond latte or golden milk in the morning!

topping chocolate porridge with vegan yogurt, fruit and nuts

FAQs & tips

Vegan porridge toppings

Make oatmeal without banana

Our chocolate porridge is sweetened with ripe mashed banana. However, if you don’t like this texture and flavor, simply use chopped dates, applesauce, sugar, or maple syrup instead.

Make it in the microwave

Put the oats, liquid, and spices into a big bowl and mix well with a spoon. Place into your microwave and heat for 2 minutes on high.

Give it a stir, check if you’ve reached the desired consistency, then cook again for 1 minute if needed.

Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

bowl of creamy chocolate porridge with pears, banana, nuts and yogurt

Dietary adjustments

  • Gluten-free: use gluten-free certified oats.
  • Nut-free: sprinkle with chia, pumpkin, or hemp seeds. Omit almond butter.
  • Low-calorie: reduce dark chocolate, banana, and/or almond butter.
  • High-protein: add vegan chocolate protein powder or our homemade protein blend.

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Chocolate Porridge with Pears & Nuts

by Alena Schowalter
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Try this fall-inspired creamy chocolate porridge with pears, bananas, and nuts! It comes together quickly and is oh-so-comforting.
Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats 90 g
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 ½ cups soy milk 360 ml
  • 1 ripe banana mashed
  • 2 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds ground

Toppings

  • 1 sliced banana pan-fried or baked
  • 1 pear sliced
  • cup crushed nuts toasted (30 g)
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 4 pieces dark chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons soy yogurt

Instructions

  • Combine ingredients for the porridge in a saucepan. Mix well with a spoon and cook over medium-high heat until the mixture starts to bubble. Then turn down the heat.
  • Let the oatmeal simmer and adjust to desired consistency. Stir occasionally.
  • Divide between serving bowls and add all toppings! Enjoy.

Notes

  • Use your favorite plant-based milk for this recipe.
  • Choose certified gluten-free oats if needed.
  • Make this porridge lower in calories by skipping or reducing the dark chocolate.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Porridge with Pears & Nuts
Amount per Serving
Calories
520
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
23
g
35
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
15
g
Sodium
 
111
mg
5
%
Carbohydrates
 
69
g
23
%
Fiber
 
12
g
50
%
Sugar
 
29
g
32
%
Protein
 
15
g
30
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed.
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Hi, I'm Alena Schowalter — a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with my husband, I founded nutriciously in 2015 and have been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages toward a healthy plant-based diet. I enjoy discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature, and creating new recipes. Read more about us here.

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