Six of the best porridge pots, tried and tasted

Which on-the-go option comes close to the real thing?

taste test best porridge pots review

Waking up to a pan of steaming porridge has to be the dream during this chilliest of months. A perfect bowlful is the holy grail; debates rage over whether pre-toasted oats, water instead of milk, a slow bake or a fat pinch of salt is the answer. And then there’s the matter of the toppings...

But when time isn’t on your side, can a grab-and-go porridge pot do as much to fill you up? Just as the homemade stuff is open to limitless creativity (we recently featured a carrot-cake inspired version, with nutmeg and golden raisins, in these very pages), so the supermarkets and producers are doing clever things, too.

There are options for plant-based protein, whole-milk powder, chia seeds and freeze-dried fruit – but how close can a rehydrated pot of oats really get to the real deal? We sought out the latest creations, added water (in some cases milk), and stirred like crazy to find out.

Chescots SuperGut Porridge raspberry & chia

£1.49 for 70g, Ocado

Boasting more than 50 per cent of our recommended daily fibre intake (thanks to an extract from chicory), sadly the taste is a little bland. But chia seeds offer contrast and freeze-dried raspberries are refreshing.

7/10

Quaker Oat So Simple sweet cinnamon porridge

£1 for 57g, widely available

The porridge is on the watery side, but there’s a lovely flavour from golden syrup that isn’t too sweet. It could do with some berries or added nuts to truly keep us satisfied until lunch.

7/10

Waitrose multigrain red berry porridge pot

95p for 70g, Waitrose

This turns out very milky, but the mixture of barley, oat and rye flakes is crunchy and filling. The fruit pieces add further interest, but a pot of honey or jam on the side would bring it all together.

7/10

Moma cranberry & raisin porridge

£1.30 for 70g, Sainsbury’s

Made with jumbo oats, this produces a thin, creamy texture. The dried cranberries deliver a nicely sour contrast to the sweet raisins – more of this tartness would be welcome. The oats are gluten-free, too.

8/10

Wolfy’s nutty porridge with honey pot

£1.69 for 90g, Ocado

With water added, this mixes to a thick porridge with plenty of crunch from chopped peanuts, walnuts and almonds. The honey comes in a separate pot, so you can add it to your taste – a nice touch. A satisfying breakfast.

9/10

Fuel 10k high protein chocolate porridge pot

£1 for 70g, Tesco

Containing milk protein, this stirs up to a lovely thick porridge with large rolled oats. The chocolate flavour – from cocoa powder and chocolate flakes – is rich, almost too much for breakfast, but delicious.

9/10