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World Porridge Day: Everything you need to know

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World Porridge Day is just around the corner - a day dedicated to everything porridge related. At White’s Oats we’re on a mission to share our love for porridge oats and bring some inspiration to breakfast tables everywhere.

What is World Porridge Day?

World Porridge Day is an annual event run by the Scottish charity Mary's Meals. Set up in 2009 in Argyll, Scotland Mary's Meals began World Porridge Day as a way to raise awareness and funds for starving children in developing countries.

When is World Porridge Day?

World Porridge day is an annual event that happens on the 10th October each year. This year, in 2023, it will land on a Tuesday - the perfect day to have a bowl of delicious porridge for breakfast!

Porridge Facts

  • Did you know that oats were one of the first cereals cultivated by man? They were used in ancient China and Greece, where the Greeks were the first to turn them into porridge.
  • Did you know that oats were introduced to the British Isles around 600AD?
  • Did you know In Scotland, farmers used to pour leftover porridge into a ‘porridge drawer’ at breakfast? They would leave it here to dry out, ready to be cut into slices and taken as an on-the-go lunchtime snack. Today, we’d much rather enjoy a granola bar or flapjack for a quick snack, but we appreciate their ingenuity!
  • Did you know the word porridge is UK slang for a prison sentence? Porridge was commonly used as prison breakfast for inmates in the British prison system during the 19th century and early 20th century so this is likely why.
  • Did you know that eating 3g of soluble fibre from oats a day may reduce the risk of heart disease? Even more reason to incorporate oats into your diet.

How to celebrate world porridge day

There are many ways to celebrate this important day. Here are some of the ways people all over the world can mark the occasion.

Try some new porridge oats recipes

Start the day off right with your favourite porridge oats recipe. If you’re looking for some inspiration to shake things up check out some of our favourite recipes using oats.

Spiced Apple, Pecan & Maple Porridge

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This easy spiced apple, maple and toasted pecan oat porridge recipe is packed with goodness and so delicious. A great and warming way to enjoy porridge oats.

Overnight Pear & Blackberry Oats

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We love using seasonal ingredients to spice up our porridge recipes. Check out this tasty recipe for overnight pear and blackberry oats to make the most of seasonal pears.


Oaty Base Tarts

Oats aren’t just for breakfast! Try this super-tasty veggie mexican black bean oat burger recipe made from protein-rich black beans, oats, avocado and lots of flavourful spices and herbs.


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Lotus Biscoff Spread is delicious. It is great in desserts like cheesecake and brownies, it is great on toast, crumpets and bagels. It is also great eaten directly out of the jar with a spoon - don’t pretend like you haven’t done it. So of course it is also delicious when combined with porridge oats.

If you want to try Biscoff laden oats that you can prepare in advance and enjoy on-the-go then you have to try this Biscoff Overnight Oats recipe.

Learn the health benefits of Oats

Porridge oats have a unique, yet well-balanced nutritional profile that makes them something of a superfood. This world porridge day why not learn about the many potential health benefits of White’s Oats. We’ve listed some below but you can read more in detail here.

  1. Helps fight off seasonal lurgies
  2. Natural source of vitamins and minerals
  3. Source of plant based protein
  4. Helps with weight management
  5. Reduces risk of heart disease

Share your love of porridge on Social Media

You can also bring your celebration of this day to social media. Share your pictures or videos of how you love to enjoy your morning bowl of porridge You can also use the hashtag #WorldPorridgeDay to let your friends and followers know that you are also participating in World Porridge Day.

You can also tag us @whitesoats on Instagram as we love to see and share our followers wonderful oaty creations.

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