Dukan Diet Recipes – Vanilla Oat Bran Porridge

I find porridge particularly satisfying on a cold winter’s morning as it sets me up for the day ahead, but I have no problem enjoying porridge for breakfast whatever the season is. I’ve also been known on occasion to have a bowl of porridge for supper. This means that if you are like me you are unlikely to have any problem at all incorporating oat bran into your daily diet. Although the Dukan Diet is a low fat, high protein, low carb diet it is not a no carb diet and the oat bran has been included for many reasons.

  • Eating oat bran absorbs fat on its passage through our digestive systems, preventing it from being absorbed by our bodies and being deposited on our hips and thighs, or wherever you tend to put on weight.
  • Eating oat bran provides valuable dietary fiber to the diet especially on Pure Protein (PP) days.
  • It also helps lower cholesterol, stabilise blood sugar levels and keeps hunger at bay for longer.

Vanilla Oat Bran Porridge

Ingredients ( 2 servings)

  • 3 tablespoons of oat bran
  • 125 ml of skim or zero fat milk.
  • Vanilla essence to taste
  • Sweetener to taste


  1. Place the oat bran and milk in a small microwaveable bowl and heat on high for 45 seconds.
  2. Remove from the microwave and add the vanilla essence and sweetener to taste.
  3. Allow to stand for a few minutes for the oat bran to soak up the milk
  4. Return to the microwave and cook on high for a further 45 seconds.

You may need to adjust the amount of milk used depending on the consistency of porridge that you like and the level of moisture in the oat bran.

If you are looking for other ideas on how to incorporate oat bran in to your diet you might like to read my post How Can I Eat Oat Bran on the Dukan Diet, which gives 10 ideas and suggestions for eating oat bran with links to recipes.

32 Responses to “Dukan Diet Recipes – Vanilla Oat Bran Porridge”

  • Cassie on September 14, 2014


    I keep having mine boil over in the microwave on the second 45 seconds. Am I doing something wrong?

    I have tried all different size and shape of bowl so I don’t know how to keep that from happening.

    Thanks to anyone who might have a suggestion.

    • Amber on September 14, 2014

      Hi Cassie

      Try using 3 or 4 shorter blasts in the microwave.

      Kind regards


  • Kerrianne on March 30, 2014

    Can you tell me the calories in this recipe? It is very yummy, just had it this morning for breakfast!

  • safaa on February 20, 2014

    thanks amber

  • Dana on February 4, 2014

    Hello Amber..

    I wanna try this recipe, but I have a question, should I ground the oat bran before using it?


    • Amber on February 5, 2014

      Hi Dana

      No you don’t need to ground the oat bran to make this recipe.

      Kind regards


      • Dana on February 11, 2014

        Hi Amber.
        I tried this and it’s reall Yummy :)
        But I wanna ask if I can add cocoa powder or cinnamon to it

        • Amber on February 11, 2014

          Hi Dana

          Yes you can. The good thing about using cinnamon is that you’re not using up your tolerated items.

          Best wishes


  • SDFRF on July 7, 2013

    Hi Amber,

    Just wanted to thank you for a great Dukan resource website and this awesome recipe… I could have fooled myself that I was eating normal porridge… which was a staple for me preDukan diet… and I have to say this is actually nicer than porridge made from rolled oats. It has a really beautiful texture and has made such a nice start to the day. Plus, I didn’t have to use eggs, cos I find I use so many of them on the Dukan diet…
    Can’t wait to try out the rest of your recipes.


    • Amber on July 8, 2013

      Hi SF

      I’m so pleased you like the recipe, oat bran porridge is my favorite breakfast too. It is such an easy way to enjoy your daily serving of oat bran. I also occasionally sprinkle a little cinnamon on my porridge to give a little more variety.

      Best wishes


  • Pam Tanner on June 28, 2013

    Amber, is vanilla extract the same as vanilla essence?

  • Carla on March 2, 2013

    Can almond milk be substituted for skim milk

    • Amber on March 2, 2013

      Hi Carla

      Almond milk is not approved by Dr Dukan for his diet but some people do chose to adapt the diet and make substitutions like the one you are suggesting.

      Kind regards


  • Vanessa on July 2, 2012

    Hello Amber.
    This is my first day in Attack. Many thanks for this excellent site! I was wondering if it’s ok to cook the oatbran in water in a pan, then have it with milk? This is how I would normally cook porridge oats. Also, how long does it take to cook this way?

    • Amber on July 2, 2012

      Hi Vanessa

      It is fine to cook the oat bran with water in a pan to make your porridge and then serve it with a little milk. It has less calories than when made with milk so I think it is a good choice:)

      I don’t know exactly how long it will take as I don’t make my porridge like this but it is done in just the same way as you make your porridge oats. You may have to experiment a little to get the right consistency depending on how you like your porridge.

      Good luck


      • Vanessa on July 3, 2012

        Thank you for responding so quickly Amber! I’ll give it a go.
        Kind regards,

        ps I think I will be on your site daily to make sure I’m on the right track, and for inspiration. Thank you.

  • Julia on March 29, 2012

    Hi Amber,
    I have Oat porridge , in the box it is said that it contains oat bran . Can I use it in Dukan Diet?

    Best Regards

    • Amber on March 29, 2012

      Hi Julia

      Sorry, porridge oats aren’t the same as oat bran. You need to look for a product which is 100% oat bran.

      Best wishes


  • linda on January 12, 2012

    This recipe for vanilla oat bran porridge has 3 ta. oat bran, isnt that double the amount alouded each day?

    • Amber on January 12, 2012

      Hi Linda

      This recipe is for two servings and it advises this next to the word Ingredients. The amount of oat bran you are allowed each day increases as you progress through the different stages so the recipe does need to be adapted.

      Kind regards


      • sharon on May 3, 2014

        Hi Amber,
        I have just started the Dukan diet, I am on my 2nd day of ATTACK. I have just bought some oat bran and I want to know if I can have 3 tablespoons every other day instead of 1.5 everyday, so that i will be more satisfied.

        Thanks :)

        • Amber on May 4, 2014

          Hi Sharon

          The oat bran is a daily requirement so I wouldn’t recommend skipping a day and then doubling up. If you are struggling with just 1.5 tablespoons of oat bran try adding a tablespoon of wheat bran as this is allowed to help treat constipation.

          Best wishes


          • sharon on May 4, 2014

            Thankyou Amber,
            I didn’t know about the wheat bran, I will give that a try (especially since I do have trouble going to the bathroom!)……
            do you happen to know if ‘Franks red hot sauce’ is ok as a flavouring?, I have been using it as a dipping condiment for chicken breast. it has 0 cals and 0 fat.

            Great website by the way, you are very generous with your time :)

          • Amber on May 5, 2014

            Hi Sharon

            Yes Frank’s Hot Sauce is fine to use. Glad you like the site.

            Best wishes


  • Annie on September 14, 2011


    I’m coming up to the Consolidation phase, and was wondering if I can substitute the daily 2 slices of wholemeal toast for ‘normal’ breakfast porridge, made from rolled oats?


    • Amber on September 14, 2011

      Hi Annie

      I’ve seen this question asked of the online Dukan coaches and they’ve always said that you should eat the bread. I think that having to eat the oat bran and the two slices of bread helps keep your food intake and calories intake under control.

      Well done on nearly reaching your target weight.

      Best wishes


  • Claire on September 13, 2011

    Are you able to have porridge (rolled oats) instead of Oat Bran?

    • Amber on September 13, 2011

      Hi Claire

      I’m afraid it’s oat bran or nothing! Dr Dukan doesn’t provide any substitute for oat bran.

      Kind regards


  • katie on July 27, 2011

    Would it be OK to substitute vanilla essence for cinnamon powder?

    • Amber on July 27, 2011



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