Scottish Porridge …My style

Happy Friday friends!  I hope today finds you well!  It has been another busy week here in Texas, but it has felt amazing to get back into my routine of life!
Today for Foodie Friday we are celebrating our heritages.  The last time we did a heritage recipe, I focused on my German heritage.  Today I am going a little different direction and pulling from my Scottish roots!
Growing up, porridge mostly consisted of cream of wheat or oatmeal.  I would normally add in some peanut butter and a handful of chocolate chips.  Not the most tradition way to eat porridge, but it worked for me at the time.  As I have gotten older, I have found ways to add some additional nutritional benefits to my version of porridge.

I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit!!

I did a little research about Scottish Porridge and found some interesting facts from  Scottish at Heart!

  • Traditionally, porridge is stirred with a wooden rod called a ‘Spirtle’ or ‘Spurtle’, which looks a bit like a drumstick (not the chicken variety!)
  • Superstition has it that Scottish porridge should always be stirred clockwise – and preferably with your right hand – otherwise the Devil will come for the person doing the stirring!
  • Porridge is traditionally served in wooden bowls, and eaten standing up. Each spoonful should be dipped in a bowl of cream that’s shared by everyone at the table
  • Porridge could well have been the worlds’ first ‘take-out’. Centuries ago, an authentic porridge recipe such as this one would be used to cook up a big pot and what wasn’t eaten for breakfast would be poured into ‘drawers’ or another container and allowed to cool.  Once it was cooled, the porridge could be cut up into slices or blocks, wrapped, and taken along on the days’ work to be eaten for lunch, dinner or a snack!

Most often when I make my porridge, I use more traditional steel cut oats.  Today I didn’t have any left, so I used the rolled oats that I did have!

Scottish Porridge


  • Oats cooked
  • Dash of milk
  • Cream (for a more traditional experience)
  • Nut butter 1/2-1 TBS
  • Toppings (dried fruit, nuts, etc)


  1. Cook oats
  2. Add in a dash of milk
  3. Stir in nut butter
  4. Add toppings
  5. Dip each bite in cream if desired



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Be filled with joy and health!


14 thoughts on “Scottish Porridge …My style

  1. Sarah

    Oh I better start making sure I only stir my porridge clockwise with my right hand! I’m a porridge fan and love how different it is around the world. Some of the favs I’ve had were in Ireland and Puerto Rico.

  2. Farrah

    I’ve never had Scottish porridge before, but it looks awesome! I definitely never knew about stirring clockwise vs counterclockwise though–I think as a habit, I do stir things in a clockwise fashion, so I think I’d be okay! 😛 That’s cool that it was the world’s first takeout! :O

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