Porridge is a deliciously comforting breakfast- but when that porridge tastes like Christmas? Absolute winner! Give this Christmas cake porridge a try – it’s quick and easy and ticks all the boxes for a brilliant breakfast.

I often have porridge in the morning – I make it in the microwave, as per this recipe, and it’s a warming breakfast ready in just two minutes.

This particular recipe takes your ordinary porridge to another level. It uses the flavours of Christmas cake to create a sweet, moreish and incredibly tasty bowl of goodness.

The recipe is for one bowl – to make it for more people, just multiply the recipe by however many people there are. I’d recommend making each person’s porridge in their own individual bowl, rather than cooking it all together.

Ingredients, Substitutions and Variations

  • Porridge oats – any kind will do. I always recommend buying the cheapest porridge oats in your supermarket – they’re all the same, there’s no point in paying more.
  • Mixed fruit – dried mixed fruit brings that Christmas cake feel. You could substitute with raisins, sultanas or you could even add some glace cherries in!
  • Walnut halves – walnuts are delicious and filling in this porridge. You could also use almonds.
  • Ground cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves – these spices work incredibly together!
  • Honey – for a little sweetness. You can omit this if you want to, or substitute for maple syrup if you’d like to make it vegan.

Top Tips

  1. Don’t overcook

    Two minutes is the perfect cooking time for this – don’t cook for longer.

  2. Try milk

    I make my porridge with water, as per this recipe. If you want to, you can substitute the water for milk.

  3. Get the right consistency

    If the porridge is too thick for you when you remove it from the microwave, just add a splash more water and stir well.

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Christmas Cake Porridge

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Harriet Young
A delicious Christmas cake flavoured porridge that’s ready in under five minutes!
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine British
Servings 1 person


  • 1 small cup porridge oats
  • 1 small cup water
  • 40 g dried mixed fruit
  • 40 g walnut halves
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsps honey


  • Pour the oats and water into a microwaveable bowl. Add the mixed fruits, walnuts, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Stir well.
  • Put the bowl in the microwave on maximum for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from the microwave, add the honey and stir well. Enjoy!
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5 responses to “Christmas Cake Porridge”

  1. 5 stars
    I loved the honey and spice combination! It adds so much flavour to the easy porridge recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    What a fun idea! I might add a touch of molasses to my bowl!

  3. 5 stars
    Great idea. The flavors complement each other well. My family really enjoyed it.

  4. 5 stars
    The combination of traditional Christmas flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg, and dried fruits in a warm, creamy porridge was a perfect way to start the holiday season. It’s definitely a new favorite!

  5. 5 stars
    Who says you can’t celebrate Christmas in May? This holiday cake porridge was just the festivity we needed to get through the end of the school year.

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