Healthy Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge With Oats And Chia Seeds.

Healthy Jamaican Corn Meal Porridge with oats and chia seeds

Creamy, sweet and filling are just some of the words use to describe this delicious easy Jamaican Cornmeal porridge. This breakfast item is a healthy and tasty way to start your day. Chia seeds and oats are added to this traditional Jamaican hot cereal, not only for texture but also for nutritive value.

What’s For Breakfast In Jamaica?

Growing up, porridge is often on the breakfast menu in our home. If you live in or visited Jamaica, you would observe that our breakfast is very heavy; it’s like eating lunch or diner for breakfast. In addition, porridge is served as a side dish at breakfast. 

A sandwich made of 2 thick slices of hard dough bread, a fried egg, ripe plantains, and frankfurter, were often served with one of my favorite porridge. Yes, it sounds like a lot, but it kept us filled until lunchtime. In addition,  engaging in some form of physical activities at home or at school.

Types of Jamaican Porridge

There are different types of porridge that exist in Jamaica. Below are a few popular ones: 

Banana Porridge

Peanut Porridge

Bulgar Porridge

Plantain Porridge

Rice Porridge

Here are 2 of my favorite Jamaican Porridge recipes that you can access on this blog. Click on each link to learn more:

Hominy Corn Porridge

Plantain Persimmon Porridge



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Healthy Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge With Oats and Chia Seeds.

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Fine Cornmeal



cinnamon Sticks

Quaker Oats

Vanilla Extract

cinnamon Sticks

whole Milk

Coconut Extract

Chia Seeds


Coconut Milk

Condensed Milk

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Healthy Jamaican Corn Meal Porridge with oats and chia seeds

Healthier Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge With Oats and Chia Seeds

Kevin Foodie
A healthier twist on Jamaica's traditional and popular breakfast cornmeal porridge. Furthermore, It is easy to prepare, delicious, and perfect for any time of the day.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 4 People


  • Saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Stove
  • Blender


  • 1 cup Old Fashion Oats, blended
  • ¾ cup Fine Cormeal
  • cups Whole Milk
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 tbsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp. Nutmeg, grated
  • 1 tsp Coconut Essence
  • ½ cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 sticks Cinnamon
  • 3 Whole Cinnamon or Bay Leaves
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 2 tbsp Chia Seeds


  • In a blender, on medium speed, blend old fashion oatmeal for 15 seconds.
    Healthy Jamaican Corn Meal Porridge with oats and chia seeds
  • In an uncovered deep pot, add milk, water, cinnamon sticks, and bay leaves. Bring to boil over medium heat. Stir and mix frequently to avoid milk boiling over the side of the pot.
    Healthy Jamaican Corn Meal Porridge with oats and chia seeds

There are 2 methods for cooking the Cornmeal/Oats

  • Method 1
    Slowly, in small portions, add the powdered oats and cornmeal to the milk mixture while constantly stirring with a whisk to avoid clumping.
    Method 2
    In a bowl, you may mix together the cornmeal, oats, milk, and water until smooth. Add to a deep pot and cook over medium flame.
  • Allow cooking for 7-10 minutes in a covered pot. You may add more warm water or milk as needed if porridge gets too thick.
  • Lower flame to low. Pour the condensed milk, coconut essence, vanilla extract, and chia seeds into the porridge mixture. Use a whisk to stir and mix with a whisk.
    Healthy Jamaican Corn Meal Porridge with oats and chia seeds
  • Turn off flame and serve in a bowl.
    Healthy Jamaican Corn Meal Porridge with oats and chia seeds


Non-Dairy Version
If you are lactose or milk intolerant, you can replace whole milk with nut milk such as almond, cashew, or coconut.
Instead of condensed milk, brown sugar can be used as a sweetener.
Keyword Chia Seeds, Cornmeal Porridge, Jamaican Dish, Oats, Porridge

Healthy Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge with Chia Seeds and Oats.

Healthy Jamaican Corn Meal Porridge with oats and chia seeds

You will also love this delicious and popular Jamaican Hominy Corn porridge.  

Click on the picture or name for the recipe and more interesting facts about hominy corn.

Healthier Cornmeal Porridge with Oats and Chia Seeds.

Healthy Jamaican Corn Meal Porridge with oats and chia seeds

Deddy's Kitchen is one of my favorite Jamaican Youtubers. Here are their take on traditional cornmeal porridge.

Michelle and Suzanne on their blog Serious Eats also showcased their cornmeal porridge skill. They give a few historic backgrounds on the delicious cornmeal porridge recipe.

I would love to know what you think. Please leave a comment and star rating. What is your favorite hot cereal?

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20 thoughts on “Healthy Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge With Oats And Chia Seeds.”

  1. This porridge looks so tasty!! I can almost “smell” those spices!! That sounds just right about the way I grew up too (in Grenada). Our breakfast was very heavy and keeps us full. I often wonder why all of the snacking here in the US and I realize most eat some quick and on the go, therefore, get hungrier faster. One big heavy breakfast and then a big afternoon meal plus something light in the evening/night with a few mangoes or cashews in-between was all we needed. LOL!

    1. I appreciate you dropping by. I agree with you, snacks ( cookies, chips, candy) here in the US are different from the Caribbean, at least back in the day. Our snacks were fruits that were in season. Thanks for your comment. Hope to see you again soon.

  2. 5 stars
    Yummm these various types of porridge sound so delicious. Thank you so much for sharing. I’ve tasted green banana porridge but not these. I also appreciated you including options outside of regular milk. 🤗

    Pastor Natalie (ExamineThisMoment)

  3. I discovered the superfood chia a few years ago, and I love it! This recipe sounds so tasty, so I will definitely try it. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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