Maple Bacon Porridge

Maple Bacon Porridge

We eat oatmeal for breakfast at least three days a week. Thick, hearty porridge is a warm and comforting dish, but it gets old fast. I mean sure, you can add a spoonful of sugar to help the oatmeal go down. You could add a dollop of strawberry jam and a splash of cream (which we do), but sometimes you need your socks knocked off at 7 a.m.

Just add bacon! You will need 1/2 lb. of thick-cut bacon, real maple syrup for drizzling, heavy cream, and Scottish oats. I use and prefer Bob’s Red Mill Scottish Oats. There is also a gluten-free version. And if you’re curious about Scottish oats, read here.

Maple Bacon Porridge


  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup Scottish oats
  • 1/2 lb. thick-cut bacon cooked, drained and diced
  • 2-3 Tablespoons real maple syrup
  • Heavy cream
  • Salt


  • Prepare bacon, drain and dice strips. Set aside.
  • Prepare oats by bringing water to boil. Just before water reaches a rolling boil, turn heat to medium-low and add oats, stirring constantly until there are no lumps. Add a pinch of salt. Simmer on medium-low for 6-8 minutes. Oats will continue to bubble; stir occasionally. Remove from heat and put a lid on the pot. Rest for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add a splash (about 2 Tablespoons) heavy cream to the oats and stir.
  • Divide oats into four bowls. Top with diced bacon and drizzle with maple syrup.
  • Serve with hot coffee or tea, and fresh fruit.


And that’s how I blow the barn doors off breakfast! They may enter the kitchen all bleary-eyed and grumpy, but they leave with a twinkle in their eyes.


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  • comment-avatar
    Marilyn January 21, 2016 (8:31 am)

    🙂 I make steelcut oatmeal a couple times a week for dad, and top it with various things – I’ve used maple syrup before but his favorite (until this morning) was applebutter. His response to breakfast this morning, is “that was really good…needs more bacon.” LOL Thanks for the idea!

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      Jennifer Kiko January 27, 2016 (8:39 pm)

      Ha! Bacon makes everything better. He’s a wise guy! lol