Fruity Whole-Grain Breakfast Porridge

Fruity Whole-Grain Breakfast Porridge

Basic oatmeal gets a bold makeover in this sweet, spiced breakfast porridge. Steel cut oats are slow-cooked overnight along with other hearty whole grains, dried cranberries, and apricots.

We used wild rice and barley in our recipe, but once you get the hang of it, you can add similar portions of other grains you have in your pantry, like farro, buckwheat, and kamut.

A slice of orange peel and a cinnamon stick make it taste and smell like a special breakfast treat.

The best part: This porridge is ready to eat when you wake up!

Pro tip: Use a vegetable peeler to remove just the outer part of the orange peel, avoiding the white pith which can be bitter.

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Fruity Whole-Grain Breakfast Porridge

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 9 hrs
Total Time 9 hrs 15 mins
Servings 8 servings, about ¾ cup each
Calories 313 kcal
Author BODi


  • ½ cup dry steel-cut oats
  • ½ cup dry wild rice
  • ½ cup dry quinoa
  • ¾ cup dry pearl barley (or dry farro)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 2-inch slice orange peel
  • 2 Tbsp. raw honey (or pure maple syrup)
  • ½ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • ¼ cup chopped dried apricots (or dried cherries, dried apples, or raisins)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened dried cranberries
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup chopped raw walnuts (or almonds, pecans, or cashews)
  • 4 cups unsweetened almond milk


  1. Place oats, wild rice, quinoa, barley, cinnamon stick, orange peel, honey, salt, apricots, cranberries, and water in a 3-quart slow cooker. Cook, covered, on low temperature for 7 to 9 hours, stirring once or twice (if you are up).

  2. Before serving, mix well. Serve each portion topped with 2 Tbsp. walnuts and ½ cup almond milk.

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Fruity Whole-Grain Breakfast Porridge
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 313 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 241mg10%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 9g18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Container Equivalents
1 Purple
1½ Yellow
1 Blue
½ tsp.

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Photos by Kirsten Morningstar