Oats: All You Need To Know


People have been enjoying porridge oats for thousands of years. Before the introduction of baking ovens and unleavened bread, porridge was one of the most important staples in the British diet – if not its greatest culinary achievement.

We like to think of it as our own, but a similar dish has also been enjoyed cross-culturally for thousands of years too. In fact, most countries have their own version of porridge. Some made with oats others with different grains – barley, buckwheat, maize, rice…

But Brits like their porridge, and other breakfast foods like muesli, made with oats and who can blame ‘em?

Oats are a nutritional powerhouse full of sustaining energy. They have a CV packed with antioxidants and a better balance of the good, satiating stuff like fats, carbohydrates, and protein, compared to their other grain buddies. See you never 11am munchies.

Despite its complex benefits, porridge is a simple food. Regular oats are made purely by stripping the outer husk of the oat grass, leaving the wholegrain oat on its own to work its magic. A one ingredient wonder which can be enjoyed hot to make porridge or cold to make muesli.


In terms of defining porridge, it boils down to gruel made with oats. It’s a mushy bowl of soaked grains used to pre-digest or release nutrients. Polenta, barley, buckwheat, millet or rye have been used as well as oats.

Until the early twentieth century, porridge was made with oatmeal (cut or ground dehulled oat seeds).

Since then, oats have been industrially steamed using a high-pressure roller, meaning they are thinner, part-cooked oats and so can cook in minutes. Porridge hasn’t always had an easy ride. It’s been slopped into horse troughs and prisoner’s bowls. Cheap and filling, not a glamorous winner to serve up on a first date. But the tables are turning and now porridge is coming out on top.


  • Oats contain many antioxidants which can help reduce blood pressure.
  • Oats are high in protein, they also contain many vitamins and minerals.
  • Oats are high in fibre which can help reduce cholesterol and promote healthy guy bacteria.
  • Oats are filling and sustaining, providing bountiful amounts of energy to keep you feeling in rude health until lunch time.


Traditionally, it was considered respectful to eat porridge standing up, and superstition believed it must always be stirred clockwise to ward off evil spirits? All seem a little sorcerous? Even more so when the instrument (spurtle) used to stir the porridge was shaped suspiciously close to a wand.


We love oats. You may not know this but our first ever food, released more than 13 years ago, was an oat-y muesli. It wasn’t just any muesli, it was The Ultimate Muesli and it contained 23 mouth bogglingly tasty ingredients including Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, apricots, goji berries… the list goes on. It’s the combination of 23 ingredients which makes this muesli particularly ultimate – sometimes you’ll get a mouthful of blueberries and almonds, other times you’ll taste dates and cinnamon. But it’s the oats in The Ultimate Muesli which provide the perfect base for all of the other ingredients, allowing their flavours and textures to sing. The humble oat is versatile, tasty and nutritious.

Oats also perform powerfully on their own, which is why we very quickly went from muesli to porridge. A bowl of porridge is comforting, simple, warming and sustaining but it can also be spruced up with nuts, seeds, fruit and more. Our annual Porridge Championships are proof to how versatile a bowl of porridge can be.

We are proud of our porridge. How can you not be when are co-founder Nick Barnard has been crowned winner in the Speciality Category of The Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championships up in Scotland. In fact, our Fruity Date Porridge uses the recipe which won him the title back in 2014.

You’ll often find us parading our porridges around the country at various wild swimming events. What better way to warm up after an invigorating and early morning dip than a big ol’ bowl of oats?


You’re muesli mixologist

You’re a porridge professional

You’re more oat couture than haute couture.

Mosey on over to our muesli page or pop on over to our porridge page for all of our varieties of muesli and porridge. From barley to oatmeal and fruity to nutty, we have something for everyone. You can also try out any of our porridge recipes, most made with our dairy-alternative drinks for extra porridge pzzazz.