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Vegan Date and Peanut Butter Porridge

Elevate your morning routine with this indulgent yet healthy Vegan Date and Peanut Butter Porridge. Creamy oats are infused with the rich flavors of natural peanut butter and sweet, chewy dates. Packed with plant-based protein and natural sweetness, this breakfast dish is a delicious way to kickstart your day.

Vegan Date and Peanut Butter Porridge



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  • 1 cup rolled oats

  • 2 cups plant-based milk (almond, soy, oat, etc.)

  • 4-5 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped

  • 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter

  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or agave nectar (optional)

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • A pinch of salt

  • Toppings: sliced bananas, crushed peanuts, a drizzle of peanut butter


  • Cooking the Oats:
  • In a saucepan, combine the rolled oats and plant-based milk over medium heat.
  • Stir continuously to prevent sticking and bring the mixture to a gentle simmer.
  • Sweetening and Flavoring:
  • Add the chopped dates to the cooking oats. Dates will naturally sweeten the porridge.
  • Stir in natural peanut butter, maple syrup or agave nectar (if using), vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.
  • Simmering to Perfection:
  • Continue stirring and allow the porridge to simmer until it reaches a creamy consistency.
  • The dates will soften and meld into the oats, enhancing the sweetness.
  • Adjusting Sweetness:
  • Taste the porridge and adjust sweetness if needed. You may not require additional sweetener due to the natural sweetness of dates.
  • Serve and Garnish:
  • Once the porridge is cooked to your liking, remove it from heat.
  • Pour the Date and Peanut Butter Porridge into serving bowls.
  • Toppings:
  • Garnish with sliced bananas, crushed peanuts, and a generous drizzle of peanut butter for an extra flavor punch.
  • Enjoy Warm:
  • Serve the Vegan Date and Peanut Butter Porridge warm.
  • Drizzle with extra peanut butter or add a splash of plant-based milk if desired.

Tips and Tricks Vegan Date and Peanut Butter Porridge:

  • Peanut Butter Choices:
    • Opt for natural peanut butter without added sugars or oils for a healthier option.
  • Medjool Dates:
    • Ensure the dates are pitted and chopped for easier integration into the porridge.
  • Sweetness Level:
    • Taste the porridge before adding extra sweetener. Dates often provide sufficient sweetness.
  • Nutritional Boost:
    • Enhance the nutritional content by adding a tablespoon of chia seeds or ground flaxseeds during cooking.
  • Variations:
    • Experiment with different plant-based milks for varied flavors. Almond milk can complement the nuttiness.
  • Protein Boost:
    • Stir in a scoop of your favorite plant-based protein powder for an extra protein kick.
  • Overnight Option:
    • Prepare the oats, dates, and peanut butter the night before. In the morning, heat and add toppings for a quick breakfast.

Nutrition Facts

2 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories400
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 16g 25%
    • Saturated Fat 3g 15%
  • Sodium 180mg 8%
  • Total Carbohydrate 56g 19%
    • Dietary Fiber 7g 29%
    • Sugars 25g
  • Protein 12g 24%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

    Storing and Freezing Instruction for Vegan Date and Peanut Butter Porridge

    • Storage: Store any leftover porridge in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.
    • Freezing: Porridge with added fruits like dates might have a change in texture upon freezing. If you still want to freeze it, follow these steps:
      1. Cool Completely: Allow the porridge to cool completely in the refrigerator before freezing.
      2. Portion into Containers: Portion the porridge into individual airtight containers or freezer bags. Leave some space at the top to account for expansion during freezing.
      3. Label and Date: Label each container or bag with the date of preparation to keep track of freshness.
      4. Remove Air: If using bags, try to remove as much air as possible before sealing to prevent freezer burn.
      5. Freeze: Place the containers or bags in the freezer and freeze for up to 2-3 months.
      6. Thaw and Reheat: When ready to enjoy, thaw the porridge in the refrigerator overnight. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave, adding a bit of liquid (plant-based milk or water) to restore the creamy consistency.

    Remember that freezing might alter the texture of the porridge, especially if it contains fruits. If possible, it’s often best enjoyed fresh.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Can I use a different nut butter?

    Absolutely! Almond butter or cashew butter can be delicious alternatives.

    Is it necessary to add extra sweetener?

    Taste the porridge before adding sweetener. The natural sweetness from dates might be sufficient.

    Can I use regular dates instead of Medjool dates?

    Yes, you can. Adjust the quantity based on your desired sweetness level.

    What other toppings can I add?

    Experiment with berries, coconut flakes, or a sprinkle of cinnamon for added flavor.

    Can I prepare this as overnight oats?

    Yes, mix the oats, dates, and peanut butter the night before. In the morning, heat and add toppings.

    How can I make it more protein-rich?

    Stir in a scoop of your favorite plant-based protein powder during cooking.

    Can I use flavored plant-based milk?

    Yes, feel free to use vanilla-flavored plant-based milk for an extra layer of flavor.

    Can I use quick oats instead of rolled oats?

    Yes, but adjust the cooking time as quick oats cook faster.

    Can I make it without peanut butter?

    Certainly, but peanut butter adds a rich flavor. You can use almond butter or omit it if preferred.

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