Dates, oats and dark brown sugar turn into a decadent breakfast treat in this creamy porridge.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 1998


Recipe Summary

20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine milk, oats, dates, brown sugar, salt and stick in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring, until mixture is thick and creamy, about 4 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick; stir in vanilla.

  • Spoon into bowls and top with walnuts, sliced bananas or apples and plain nonfat yogurt (if desired).


People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use oats that are labeled “gluten-free,” as oats are often cross-contaminated with wheat and barley.

Nutrition Facts

183 calories; protein 7.1g; carbohydrates 36.8g; dietary fiber 3.5g; sugars 21.6g; fat 1.7g; saturated fat 0.3g; cholesterol 2.5mg; vitamin a iu 20.2IU; vitamin c 0.1mg; folate 19.4mcg; calcium 159.6mg; iron 1.1mg; magnesium 75.7mg; potassium 388.6mg; sodium 198.2mg; thiamin 0.2mg; added sugar 3g.

Reviews (4)

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  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 4 stars
I never thought I liked porridge but this was deliousous! I swaped the milk for almond milk and dates for prunes due to dietary requirements but its was just perfect with a little apple chopped walnuts and teaspoon of Greek yoghurt can't wait to have it again Read More
Rating: 5 stars
delish! I made this for breakky this morning and can't wait to make it again tomorrow! I also didn't have any cinnamon sticks so I added a little bit of ground cinnamon - delicious! Will definitely add this to my repitoire with little added sugar it was perfectly sweet too. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
A long-standing favorite We have been making this since we got the printed magazine in 1998! Normally we add sliced very ripe banana to all the ingredients at the beginning so they melt instead of being chunky. Pros: Creamy filling and not overly sweet Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This recipe was super easy and quick and was a nice alternative to plain oatmeal. I was looking for a way to use up some extra dates and eat oatmeal pretty often. This recipe was really good. I didn't have any cinnamon stick on hand so I used ground cinnamon and I always use half milk/half water for my oatmeal (cut out a few more calories) but those were the only changes I made. I would definitely recommend and will make again. Read More