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Make Mornings Effortless with This Easy, Extra-Healthy Overnight Porridge

Save yourself some time and get the day started with an incredibly simple (and super nutritious) bowl of this porridge.

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If you’re anything like me, convincing yourself to wake up extra early to prepare breakfast is a monumental task. And if you tend to hit snooze until the last possible minute – or can never seem to find enough time to accomplish everything you need to in the AM – making a meal is the last thing on your mind. But we’ve got a recipe that’ll make it easy to get breakfast ready and start your day off without losing time: our Overnight Porridge.

This is a meal that’s meant to save you time and effort. It’s so incredibly easy that it comes together in mere minutes. And you can – or should, really – make it the night before so it’s ready to serve as soon as you wake up. All you have to do is open your fridge and this porridge will be waiting for you. 

In addition to being oh-so-easy to whip up in the evening, this porridge is also chock full of nutritious ingredients. The real standouts? All of the nuts and seeds! This breakfast recipe includes walnuts, which are filled with 5 grams of protein, 20 milligrams of calcium and 2 grams of fiber per 1-cup serving. Plus, walnuts offer key minerals too, including manganese, copper, magnesium and iron. And the mixture of seeds in this porridge offers some seriously big health benefits. Chia seeds are incredibly nutrient-dense, with antioxidants, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids in each tiny seed. Flaxseed, meanwhile, contains protein, fiber and omega-3s. 

Perhaps the best of the bunch are the pumpkin seeds inside the porridge. These particular seeds deliver magnesium, zinc, protein, phosphorous, manganese, iron, zinc, copper and vitamin K – and that’s just in a single 1-ounce serving.

Oh, and you can totally serve this Overnight Porridge cold. While porridge is often served steaming hot, reheating is a step you can totally skip. This porridge is just as tasty right out of the fridge as it is with a few minutes warmed on the stove. It’s up to you – and when you’re really rushing out the door, eating it cold is the best way to enjoy a satisfying meal without slowing down.

Overnight Porridge




  • 2 cups raw walnuts
  • ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
  • 3 tbsp whole chia seed
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1¾ cup water
  • 1¼ cups canned coconut milk (full fat)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Optional toppings

  • Fresh berries
  • Almond butter
  • Nuts or seeds
  • Honey or maple syrup


  1. In a food processor combine the walnuts and pumpkin seeds. Process until finely ground.
  2. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the chia seeds and flaxseeds.
  3. Add the water, coconut milk, and vanilla. Stir to combine.
  4. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  5. When ready to serve, heat the porridge until warm on the stove or serve chilled.
  6. Top with desired toppings and serve.

Original recipe courtesy of Paleo Magazine