Food & Nutrition

7 of the best porridge oats brands to try

Published by Finn Hayden

There are loads of options for breakfast, especially in the cereal category. We've written about lots of them, including high iron cereal and high fibre cereal.

But despite all the options out there, for many people, it doesn't get better than a bowl of porridge for breakfast. Whether you like it sweet or salty, warm or cold, porridge is a simple dish which always hits the spot.

Porridge is also a great option for people who want to increase their fibre intake, as oats are packed with fibre. And considering that the recommended daily intake from the NHS is 30g per day, but most people sit between 18g and 20g of fibre per day, adding porridge to your diet could be a great way to get more fibre.

One thing which can make or break a bowl of porridge is the oats you use to make it, and there are lots of options out there when it comes to porridge oats. We thought it would be useful to round up the best porridge oats you can buy in the UK, let's get into it:

Nairns Scottish porridge oats

Porridge is historically associated with Scotland, and it's a very popular dish in the north of the UK. Scottish oats tend to be a bit thicker than standard oats, which usually makes for a thicker porridge. The porridge oats from the Nairns brand are thick and delicious - grown in dedicated Scottish fields and milled in uncontaminated conditions, these porridge oats are naturally gluten free and are very delicious. If you want to try a quintessentially Scottish porridge, then making porridge with these porridge oats from Nairns will help you achieve that. Learn more and buy them here - amazon.co.uk
Nairns porridge oats

Flavahan's

We mentioned that porridge is often thought of as a Scottish dish, but it's also a popular breakfast dish in Ireland. For this reason, there are some excellent Irish porridge oats brands out there, with Flavahan's being the best that we've tried. These porridge oats are milled in a unique way which, according to the team at Flavahan's, gives the porridge oats a wholesome and creamy texture. These porridge oats are very popular in Ireland, but you can buy them in a number of supermarkets in the UK including Tesco, Asda, and Waitrose. Learn more and buy them here - groceries.asda.com
Flavahan's porridge oats

Amisa Pure Porridge oats

We've actually included a few gluten free porridge oats in this guide, and even if you're not following a gluten free diet, these are still a great option. As we explained in our gluten free oats guide, these oats are just normal porridge oats, the only difference being that they've been processed to have not been contaminated with anything containing gluten. These pure porridge oats from Amisa are the only porridge oats we could find which have won a 'Great Taste' award, which is very impressive and was awarded in 2019. Learn more and buy them here - ocado.com
Amisa pure porridge oats

Ready Brek

A lot of people assume that Ready Brek is made from something more than just oats, but as we outlined in our guide about how healthy Ready Brek is, it's actually made from 100% wholegrain oats, and we think Ready Brek makes pretty perfect porridge. The whole oats are mixed with oat flour, which is what makes Ready Brek so smooth and creamy. The added bonus with Ready Brek is that the oats have been fortified with vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, and Calcium. Learn more and buy it here - tesco.com
Front of Ready Brek box

Co-op porridge oats

We tried porridge oats from lots of the supermarkets, and we definitely found the co-op porridge oats to be among the best that we tried. They had a thickness and taste that we didn't get from some of the other supermarket own-brand porridge oats, which was a really pleasant surprise. Learn more and buy them here - coop.co.uk
Co-op porridge oats

Rude Health Fruity porridge oats

We're impressed by a number of the products from Rude Health, including the granola we included in our granola guide. The Rude Health porridge oats are equally as excellent, and we're especially big fans of the Fruity Date porridge oats from the brand. Made using a blend of porridge oats and jumbo oats along with dates, apricots, and cinnamon, these porridge oats are absolutely delicious and will make a sweet bowl of porridge. Learn more and buy the product here - tesco.com
Rude Health porridge oats

Quaker Oat So Simple

The Quaker brand is huge in the UK, but it's actually a USA brand, so it's impressive that it's managed to establish such a good following in our country. However, given how good the oats are, we shouldn't be too surprised. The Oat So Simple sachets from Quaker are perfect for porridge - each sachet contains 100% British wholegrain oats which make a perfectly creamy porridge. Learn more and buy them here - sainsburys.co.uk
Quaker gluten free

We hope this guide helps you to find some excellent porridge oats. Let us know if you've made porridge using any of these or if you have any other suggestions for us. If you want to read something similar check out our guide to the healthiest granola you can buy.

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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