Breakfast Porridge Shots With 4 Tasty Toppings

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Getting kids to eat healthy AND early in the morning can be difficult at times, but with these breakfast porridge shots, kids will enjoy the simple but sweet recipe as well as the fun way to eat them.

The toppings are what make this recipe sweet (strawberries, chocolate chips, maple syrup, etc.), but the small jars or shot glasses are what make this breakfast porridge fun!

Porridge shooters on white background.

I wanted my kids to have options, so I prepared 2 shots with each topping. The toppings for these oatmeal shots include:

  1. Strawberry slices, yogurt and poppy seeds
  2. Peanut butter, jelly and chopped hazelnuts
  3. Sliced bananas, maple syrup and cinnamon
  4. Jellies, crushed sweet biscuits (like graham wafers) and mini chocolate chips (you could use mini marshmallows instead of jellies for a S’mores version!)
Rolled oats in a jar with a bottle of milk, white background.

You don’t need to stick to this recipe 100%. You can swap some of these ingredients for your kids’ favorite toppings, especially if they are picky eaters or have nut allergies!

Mini marshmallows are a good substitute for the jellies. You can swap the poppy seeds for chia seeds, if you prefer. Get creative with it!

Porridge shots with banana and cinnamon topping, white background.
Porridge shots with fruit and chia topping, white background.

Oatmeal tends to result in quick fullness, so kids can sometimes end up leaving half their bowl before flying out the door for school. With these oatmeal shots, the portions are small and kids can have as little as 1 or more if they’re feeling famished. This recipe is a nice way to change up your family’s breakfast routine.

Porridge shots with peanut butter and jam topping, white background.
Porridge shots with peanut butter and jam topping, white background.

What makes porridge healthy? With oat porridge, the oats are a complex carbohydrate, meaning they will give you energy throughout the morning instead of for a short period of time. The oats also have magnesium, iron, zinc, B vitamins, protein and fiber to keep you fuller longer.

Using milk will add more protein and natural sweetness to your porridge. Adding healthy toppings like fruit or yogurt will add more vitamins, natural sweetness and fiber. You can use both milk and water or just use one of them. Using milk will make your porridge more thick and sticky while water will make it thinner.

Porridge shots with banana and cinnamon topping, white background.
Porridge shots with banana and cinnamon topping, white background.

With ingredients like rolled oats, it is confusing to tell the difference between porridge and oatmeal. While they are sometimes used interchangeably, there is a difference between the two: oatmeal is simply a type of porridge.

While oatmeal always uses oats, porridge isn’t always made with oats. Other ingredients porridge can be made with are cornmeal, rice, potatoes, quinoa, semolina and other legumes or grains. This recipe uses rolled oats; a standard when it comes to porridge recipes.

Porridge shots with gummy and chocolate topping, white background.
Porridge shots with gummy and chocolate topping, white background.

If you wish to have something with your porridge, like a drink on the side, a cup of milk will go well with it, especially if you want something to cool you down from eating the hot porridge.

I find 4 oz. to be a good serving size for these shots. You can use small glass jars or even small dessert bowls. I don’t recommend plastic, because the porridge is served warm. Chemical leaching can occur quicker when plastic has been heated.

The porridge shots taste best if served immediately. But if you do end up having leftovers, cover the jars and store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 5 days, depending on the toppings. Oatmeal is reheatable and you can add a bit more liquid to loosen it up as well.

What toppings did your kids love on their jar of porridge? Let us know in the comments and please share the recipe!

Porridge shooters on white background.

Breakfast Porridge Shots With 4 Tasty Toppings

Joss D
With these breakfast porridge shots, kids will enjoy the simple but sweet recipe as well as the fun way to eat them!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Canadian
Servings 8 shots
Calories 100 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

For the Porridge Base:

  • 1 ½ cups quick oats
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup sugar - or sugar substitute
  • ¼ tsp. salt

Toppings:

  • Strawberry slices, yogurt and poppy seeds
  • Peanut butter, jelly and chopped hazelnuts
  • Banana slices, maple syrup and cinnamon
  • Jellies, crushed sweet biscuits (like graham wafers) and mini chocolate chips - (you could use mini marshmallows instead of jellies for a s’mores version!)

Instructions
 

  • Combine rolled oats, milk and water in a medium saucepan.
    Oats in a pot with a glass jar of milk.
  • Add sugar and salt. Mix well. Bring to a boil.
    Oats in a pot with sugar, white background.
  • Lower heat to a simmer. Cook (uncovered) until creamy and oats are softened, about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, cover and let ret rest for around 2 minutes.
    Oats in a pot with water and milk, white background.
  • Spoon the porridge into 8 (4 oz.) shot glasses or small jars, leaving some room for the toppings.
    A wooden spoon dipped into a glass jar of oatmeal.
  • Serve the porridge shots with the topping options above (or use your kids' favorite toppings!). There will be 2 shot glasses for each porridge topping. Kids can pick and choose their porridge. This is a fun way to get kids to eat their breakfast!
    Porridge shooters on white background.

Equipment

Saucepan
8 (4 oz.) shot glasses or small jars*

Notes

Nutrition information does not include the toppings for this recipe.
*You can use whatever size shot glasses or jars you like, but make sure they are wide enough to fit a teaspoon into them (or get some mini spoons). I do not recommend plastic, as the porridge is served warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 100kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 3gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 75mgPotassium: 95mgFiber: 2gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 49IUCalcium: 43mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or sauces.

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