Power Breakfast - Oatmeal!

How do you make yours?

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20/02/2012 at 06:07

Have tried many types of breakfast that work with morning runs, but found that oatmeal (porriidge) is the best breakfast ever for runners - it sustains me for 20+km, has adequate hydration, energy, protein (with milk also), and does not affect digestion in that it does not sit in the stomach, and does not give [me] stomach problems. 

How do you make yours?

My recipe:

  • 2 large tablespoon jumbo, chunky oats (I use Red Mill brand)
  • 1 large tablespoon "instant" oats (i.e. the finer type of oats)
  • Boiling water
  • Soya milk (fresh, with no preservative)
  • Raisins or dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon honey


  • Simmer above for around 5 mins and leave to stand for 10 mins
  • Reheat, and add more water / milk as required (it gets quite sticky as it absorbs water)
  • Serve with banana or blueberries or strawberries or papaya (etc)

Delicious!  If I have to get out the door early for a 30 mins to 45 mins run, I go out empty stomach and look forward coming back to eat the porridge.  If I am running 10K+, then I'll have half a bowl with some fruit, and then am out the door, to eat the rest when I come back for recovery meal.

20/02/2012 at 09:01
I'm trying to convert to porridge but it's been a slow process as I'm not quite fond of the texture or taste.

However I have another variation that I like a lot. I take a serving of raw uncooked porridge oats and mix it with a low fat yoghurt. It tastes nice and that way I get my serving of porridge oats.
Edited: 20/02/2012 at 09:01
20/02/2012 at 14:37

I do mine with organic jumbo oats, raisins, sun flower seeds, dried apricots, dried apples and sprinkle cinnamon on top.. . Mix it in water and put it in Microwave (easier than on hob). when ready i mix it with skimmed milk and off I go.. great start to any day.

20/02/2012 at 15:25
No matter what I mix in with my porridge - oatmeal, jumbo oats or other, it still wears off far too quickly. The only way I can get a suitable set-up for a long run is to eat the porridge with seeds, fruit etc and then have a couple of hard-boiled eggs too - now that works a treat, think it must be the addition of the protein.
20/02/2012 at 18:11
Those recipes are far too complex. Local organic oats,water, microwave, Simples! (and a nice mug of Green and Blacks hot chocolate)
20/02/2012 at 19:40

Large bowl of porridge with semi skinned milk and a large spoon full of honey every day.

Never ever microwave!

M...eldy    pirate
20/02/2012 at 20:09
as above, most days, always with a microwave 
20/02/2012 at 21:28
I go for multigrain porridge oats made in the microwave with skimmed milk, then topped with chopped banana and a small spoonful of Nutella stirred through - lovely!
20/02/2012 at 21:32
Cinnamon and brown sugar or nutella
20/02/2012 at 21:41

I hear ya, Johnny again... if I get to work after 9, then I chuck a sachet of Oat So Simple into a cardboard cup and soak it in hot water from the kettle with the lid on for a while (no microwaves at work, boo). Bish, bash, bosh.

 If I get to work before 9, then free porridge, whoo! (company policy). Lord only knows what they put in it, but I go for their soya porridge as I don't get on with lactose. One of these days, I'll really have to ask what they put in it to make it so addictive.

20/02/2012 at 22:01
22 miles done today on a bowl of bran flakes, a banana and two mugs of coffee.

750mls of water and 3 gels during the run.

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