Scott's "So Easy" Porridge Oats

Scott's "So Easy" Porridge OatsI have recently made a quite frankly lifechanging discovery. Porridge Oats in a sachet.

Porridge has been one of my breakfasts ‘of choice’ for the past few years, but I had always made it in a saucepan, standing stirring the milk and oats for what seemed like an eternity before it was finally ready. After eating my porridge (which, incidentally, I used to weigh on the scales to make sure I got the right oat/milk ratio before I began heating!) I would have to battle with washing up the pan which would always have a layer of porridge glued to the bottom.

The sachets are heaven. Pre-weighed, and I just pour them into a bowl and top with milk (which I still measure in a measuring jug – saddo!) and stick the whole lot in the microwave! Three minutes and it’s all done. Only a bowl and spoon to wash up and no weighing on the weighing scales! I do add rather a lot of honey – but let’s face it, porridge would be pretty dull on its own!

Porridge is a brilliant breakfast – it fills you up for ages and stops you snacking through the morning, I find. I actually never snack in the morning anyway – even if for some reason I haven’t been able to have breakfast, which is rare, I just plough on til lunch. I never feel hungry when I’ve had my porridge. It’s also supposed to be good for your cholesterol, or something, but I just like it because it’s healthy and it fills you up!

The only problem with these sachets, if I may be so bold to point this out, is that each one only holds 30g of oats. That’s 109 kCal, which is the same as an apple or banana. 109 kCal does not a breakfast make! Milk adds another 100 or so, and the honey (what with my honey appetite!) probably adds another 150, but still – I think you need a little extra in each. It’s OK for kids but not substantial enough for an adult. Two sachets would be a bit too much – somewhere in between would be just right, said baby bear. I have a little extra something with mine usually – a piece of fruit or a yoghurt or whatever is on hand to munch on!

Scott’s So-Easy Porridge Oats are £2.19 for twelve sachets from your local supermarket – I highly recommend for a quick and healthy start to the day!

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  1. LilyLipstick
    June 26, 2011 / 10:41 am

    I love these but totally agree about the portion size, it’s just a little too small! I usually have my porridge with a banana which makes it really filling. x

  2. kymie
    June 26, 2011 / 10:52 am

    There is another type of porridge where u pour the oats into the bowl, then measure the milk in the sachet the oats were in! Might be the Oats-So-Simple, not sure, but even less washing up!! I always have a small handful of sultanans with my porridge :-)

  3. Sylvia
    June 26, 2011 / 11:19 am

    I generally have sugar-free muesli, it’s such a faff weighing it. The stated 30g – which does actually fill me up – looks so small I put it in a tiny ramekin and it still only reaches halfway up.
    It looks pitiful.

    • June 27, 2011 / 2:44 pm

      @Sylvia haha, love that you eat it from a ramekin!

  4. Selina
    June 26, 2011 / 12:02 pm

    I am a porridge addict also, the oat-so-simple sachets have a line around the top so you can measure out your milk once you’ve poured out the oats. Even better! No need for measuring jug ;)

  5. Natasha Bain
    June 26, 2011 / 12:13 pm

    I love porridge and I agree it is soooo good for you also especially as I always have mine with a couple of good spoonfuls of Comvita Manuka honey! I absolutely love manuka honey and find it tastes so much better than normal honey ( I even eat at least an extra spoon or 2 throughout the day by itself it is sooo yummy! In fact I think i’m going to have one right now! Lol) xxx

  6. Steph
    June 26, 2011 / 1:31 pm

    I love porridge in a sachet too, so convenient and I love the pre-made flavours :) Just so tastily prepared for me! I honestly don’t like too much porridge, because I can only have so much that it just turns bland, so I like the amount in each sachet :)

  7. Ida
    June 26, 2011 / 1:58 pm

    I make my porridge in the microwave, just regular oat and milk…plus some cinnamon and bits of dried fruit or fresh apples. It works very well

  8. June 26, 2011 / 2:01 pm

    You should try the raspberry & cranberry porridge oat sachets from Dorset Cereals- so yummy & the fruit adds enough of a sweetness that you don’t need to add anything else.

    • June 27, 2011 / 2:43 pm

      @Skin Deep – I bought some and then LOST THEM! In my kitchen! I have a lot of cupboards. They are nowhere to be found!

  9. Vera F. Melnyk
    June 26, 2011 / 3:16 pm

    OH…I had the same problem with the sauce pan and time. Now I just eat them raw. Too lazy to cook it :x

    And usually with yogurt, as it has less sugar than milk. After that, if I drink a glass of water I feel really full, because the raw oats will absorb it and “grow”.

  10. Sarah - Style Souk
    June 26, 2011 / 3:40 pm

    I adore porridge, too.

    It couldn’t be more heartening on cold winter mornings, though – for something light and fresh during the summer – I prefer to get my oats fix with Sophie Dahl’s bircher muesli.

    You should also try the Quaker Oats ‘Oats So Simple’ sachets. The golden syrup ones are yummy…

    Sarah x

    • June 27, 2011 / 2:39 pm

      @Sarah – just went and bought some! The big porridge trial begins…

  11. lizziee
    June 26, 2011 / 3:54 pm

    Porridge in winter is the perfect breakfast. But Ruth – skipping breakfast? Tut tut ;)

    • June 27, 2011 / 2:39 pm

      @lizziee I probably skip it about once a month and only when absolutely necessary! Believe me, I can’t do without my brekkie! x

  12. June 26, 2011 / 5:49 pm

    only you could make me click on a post in my dashboard about porridge! hahah great post as per xxx

    • June 27, 2011 / 2:38 pm

      @Sophie haha! It was the man in the kilt, wasn’t it?! x

  13. June 26, 2011 / 7:09 pm

    Yay! I love having porridge it’s the only thing that fills me up until break! I get the Quaker Oats ones as they have a very low level of contamination with gluten and barley. Also the kids ‘pawridge’ version is nicer-honest!
    Good review, I like your food reviews!


  14. Ireland
    June 26, 2011 / 7:23 pm

    My husband is mad about this brand but I think he’s a two sachet and milk portion person – he’s trying to convert me, I don’t add sugar or honey but I like a tablespoon of raisins in the mix and then I microwave, I should eat them more often as it definetly cuts down/elimatines the 11am biscuit snacking.

    They’re the only reason I go to “Iceland Supermarket” to stock up on PORAGE Oats and Tunnocks Tea cakes.

    • June 27, 2011 / 2:38 pm

      @Ireland yes, why is it Porage oats on the Scott’s oats and porridge elsewhere?

  15. Alison
    June 26, 2011 / 9:50 pm

    I’ve read that instant oatmeal isn’t as good for you as slow cooked oatmeal varieties because it has so much sodium and doesn’t digest as well. I’ve never tried honey in my oatmeal before, just brown sugar. Thanks for the idea! hah

  16. Beth Maiorana
    June 26, 2011 / 10:31 pm

    You cannot know how priceless your writing is to me, Ruth. Please don’t think I’m some “weirdo” because I am not, but your journalistic style is such a delight for me to read. McCann’s Irish Oatmeal- have you tried that? I’m assuming that it is available to you in the UK certainly. It also comes in pre-measured “easy” packets and is delicious as well … what a surprising and enjoyable change of topic from skin tonics and pot rouges to such a lovely subject as oats!! I love it and I adore when you write about anything. Thank you so much. Sincerely, Beth in Pittsburgh xo :-)

    • June 27, 2011 / 2:36 pm

      @Beth thanks, that’s a lovely thing to read! xx

  17. Emma W
    June 26, 2011 / 11:01 pm

    Porridge is probably about the only breakfast that dosent leave my tummy growling.( rather loudly) at me by mid morning. Have you tried Quakers ‘oat so simple’? Its the same thing as the one above but you can get it in different flavours like cinnamon, apple and berry, golden syrup and others that I can’t remember. They also have a variety pack of different flavours. You can buy it in pretty much any supermarket.

  18. Jo Boyd
    June 26, 2011 / 11:10 pm

    I’m with you on every word of this, and would like to offer a couple of alternatives/ suggestions. There is very similar product (although Scott’s to porridge are like the Heinz to Baked Beans) called Oat So Simple. I comes in different flavours too, with cinamon and fruit varities. It makes provision for dispensing with the measuring jug by allowing you to use the packet (once oats have been poured into bowl) as a measuring device. There is obviously a need for this sort of solution, however, I find using the packet so awkward that the time spent clearing spillages exceeds that of rinsing out a measuring jug. With regard to the ‘extra bit’ that baby bear sees as essential, I tend to add either some dried fruit / soya beans or a (drained) tin of fruit. Some of the tins come in sweetened juice, so that may be enough without the honey (I don’t have a very sweet tooth in the mornings). Anyway, my Grandama said it was filling becsue it ‘stuck to you ribs’, so any breakfast that tastes nice and prevents snacking works for me, as long as it sticks to my ribs and not anywhere else!

    • June 27, 2011 / 2:35 pm

      @Jo – I just bought some – love the idea you can measure the milk in the sachet! Genius!

  19. Yasmin Selena Butt
    June 26, 2011 / 11:59 pm

    Tis the breakfast of champions! I basically just measure out 3 tablespoons, add cinammon, raisins, water, dash of milk and honey when I make mine. I think the only way the single sachet can work as ‘breakfast’ is if you supplement it with a round of toast or some fruit, else it’s not enough! x

  20. Mila
    June 27, 2011 / 2:36 am


    I used to use a saucepan to make my oatmeal breakfasts as well until I stayed at a friend’s in Bangkok and couldn’t figure out how to turn on her stove. It was one of the best discoveries I’ve made:

    1) Use rolled oats (much better for you than quick oats, but cook quicker than normal oats and just about the same nutritionally) – I measure out about 40-50g. Put into breakfast bowl.

    2) Put some water in kettle and bring to boil. Pour water over oats. (Use a bit more to make it a more watery consistency than what it should be when finished as the water gets soaked up)

    3) Toss it into microwave for 2 mintutes.

    Presto – a quick and easy breakfast with no standing/stirring over stove and extra bonus of no saucepan bottom to scrape clean!

    xx Mila

  21. June 27, 2011 / 3:53 am

    I LOVE porridge but I always put a sliced banana or a few berries on top because it is really boring without that. Especially the banana spikes a small portion enough to get me through to lunch.

    I don’t snack when I had breakfast. My problem is when I have breakfast *really* early. Like when I have a middle-of-the-night call time for a shoot. I am guaranteed to eat all day long.

    • June 27, 2011 / 2:37 pm

      @Alison VERY interesting indeed, thanks Alison! I shall be checking out the ingredients lists! x

  22. Julia
    June 27, 2011 / 9:14 am

    Here here for the humble oat! My favourite is with cinnamon, vanilla seeds (posh breakfast!), half a banana, honey and a drop of soy creamer:-) The banana makes it a bit more filling.

  23. June 27, 2011 / 9:59 am

    I’m really not keen on porridge, but have been trying to have it because I’m getting into running and need the extra energy! I can take it with loads of honey and erm, a bit of cream, but that kind of takes away the health factor a bit doesn’t it? I’m experimenting with different flavours till I find something I like and is good for me – so far I’ve found dessicated coconut to be good because it makes it really creamy. Can’t kick the honey habit though!

  24. FR
    June 29, 2011 / 10:23 am

    I made oats this morning and decided against my usual choice of honey – reaching instead for Nutella. I realise this probably defeats the purpose of porridge for breakfast but a teaspoon of Nutella is absolutely delicious.

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