Sticky Date Porridge Recipe – Healthy Breakfast

When we were little, my sister and I tried sticky date pudding for the first time, after Mum brought home the frozen Sara Lee version. We were blown away by how good it tasted. Kudos to Sara Lee, because whatever their recipe is, it’s genius. To this day, it’s still the ultimate crowd-pleaser at family dinners.

Eventually, I realised I should start having this for breakfast. So I came up with my Sticky Date Porridge recipe, which I have been making at least twice a week, for about 9 months. You could say I’m a teensy bit obsessed.

As well as being downright delicious, this recipe is packed with wholesome goodness. With the inclusion of oats and fruit it’s a great source of fibre AND high quality carbs that will give you sustained energy.

The peanut butter is an excellent source of healthy fat and offers some protein too. You can also up your protein by including protein powder. I find half a scoop (around 15 grams) blends in nicely, depending on how large your bowl is. With my protein powder (VPA Premium Whey), that adds about 12 grams of protein to the bowl.

peanut butter sticky date porridge healthy recipe rachel dover

The key to creating the ooey-gooey sticky date goodness of this bowl is slicing the dates into small pieces, then cooking them into the oats and liquid, rather than adding them after the oats are cooked. This really immerses the natural sugars of the dates into the oats, making for a delicious porridge base.

If you like, you may choose to add some extra sweetness like honey/maple syrup/brown sugar, or whatever sweetener you fancy.

But I will warn you – I have tried this recipe with honey and found it way too sweet on top of the dates. So for this porridge recipe, I skip the extra sweetener.

Check out the recipe below.

Note: depending on how hungry you are, you may opt for more or less oats, so as a rule of thumb use 1 part oats to 2 parts liquid. This ratio ensures a decadent, creamy porridge texture.


Porridge base
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 2-3 dates, chopped
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter (try for 100% peanuts if possible)
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Sliced banana
  1. Chop the dates into small pieces. I open the date, half it and chop from there.
  2. Put the oats, milk, water and chopped dates into a microwave safe bowl and stir.
  3. Microwave for 1.5 minutes on high. Stir, then microwave for another 1-2 minutes – until the oats have absorbed the liquid.
  4. Stir in ¼ tsp ground cinnamon.
  5. Add your toppings.
  6. Marvel at the beauty of the peanut butter melt. It’s pure magic. It adds delicious salted-caramel notes to the bowl too. I’m hungry now.

I hope you enjoy this Sticky Date Porridge recipe! Check it out on my Instagram here, and in the meantime, tell me how much YOU love sticky date pudding!

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