Chocolate Protein Porridge

  • Prep time:3 mins
  • Cook time:8 mins
  • Servings:1

What’s not to love about a deliciously chocolatey breakfast that is also nutritionist approved? This chocolate protein porridge is the ultimate indulgent, comforting way to start your morning. Plus, as it’s so full of fibre, protein and antioxidants, it’ll keep that feeling going for the rest of the day, too! 

Oats are a great source of fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidant plant compounds. They are also the only food source of avenanthramides, which is an antioxidant believed to protect against heart disease. They offer a number of potential health benefits, such as reducing cholesterol and improving insulin sensitivity, making them an excellent substitute for sugary cereals or carby toast in the morning. 

However, due to their relatively low protein content, oats might leave you feeling hungry shortly after unless you make a few tweaks. Adding in cottage cheese and full fat milk will boost that protein content to help keep you full until your next meal. Top tip: if you don’t love the texture of cottage cheese, whizz it up in a blender before serving so it’s smooth and creamy!

By simply adding 80g of cottage cheese and using 200ml full fat milk, you’re able to boost the dish up by around 15g of additional beneficial protein. This will help keep you energised and fuller for longer, and reduce the risk of cravings before lunch. 

Not only that, but the addition of antioxidant rich foods like raspberries, chia seeds and cacao have their own benefits. Cacao, in particular, has been shown to improve mood by stimulating the brain’s production of feel-good hormones like Serotonin, Dopamine and Endorphins. So, this chocolate protein porridge is not only doing good for your body, it’s doing good for your mind too! 

At just 490 calories a serving, this breakfast can be enjoyed on a fasting day or non-fasting day. 

Nutrition facts(per serving)


  • 40g whole rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp cacao
  • 15g chia seeds
  • 200ml full fat milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 80g cottage cheese
  • 50g raspberries, fresh or frozen


  1. Place the oats, cacao, chia seeds and milk in a small pan with 100ml water (per serve) and bring to a simmer. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently until you have a smooth creamy porridge.
  2. Take off the heat, stir in the cottage cheese and serve with raspberries (defrost if using frozen).


  • If you’re prepping for the week, you can store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat and serve.
  • You can freeze your chocolate protein porridge for up to 2 months. Defrost and reheat before serving.
  • In general, oats are not considered gluten-free. However, evidence does show that uncontaminated oats are well tolerated by most people with coeliac disease. Please choose your oats carefully if you would like to make this recipe gluten-free.

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