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Oats Porridge


Oats Porridge

Oats Porridge with Raisins

Photo By Cynthia Nelson

To date, Oats Porridge remains the favorite and most often made porridge in the Caribbean. Cinnamon is a wonderful flavor aid to oats. I like to make mine also with raisins cooked right into the porridge. They plump up and add an extra textural enjoyment to the porridge. Made creamy with whole milk, this porridge is so good that I have even served it as a pudding for dessert. Use your oats of choice for this recipe - quick cooking, rolled etc. just adjust the cooking time based on your package instructions.



Prep Time: 6 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Pre-soaking oats: 4 minutes

Total Time: 16 minutes

Yield: 4 1/2 cups


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3 cups water, divided
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup raisins, rinsed
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • Sugar and milk to taste


  1. Soak the oats in 1 cup of water for 4 minutes.

  2. While the oats are soaking, bring 2 cups of water and the cinnamon stick to a boil.

  3. When the water begins to boil, add the soaked oats along with any residual soaking liquid.

  4. Stir in the raisins, reduce the heat to low and cook covered for 5 - 6 minutes or until the mixture becomes very thick.

  5. Remove from heat, stir in nutmeg along with sugar and milk to taste.

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