Few things are considered more Australian than the lamington, so to celebrate National Lamington Day on July 21, MasterChef star Hayden Quinn has created a Dairy Free Lamington Porridge recipe that the whole family will love.

recent survey that shown that the trend of cooking from scratch continues to grow in popularity amongst Aussies, as more of us invest in our at-home cooking skills, particularly when it comes to baking.

To help budding bakers embrace their inner MasterChef and to put a spin on the classic breakfast porridge, Hayden has made it possible to enjoy a lamington as a great winter brekkie.

“I am a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to porridge usually in that I wake up some mornings, especially in winter, and just want a classic porridge,” says the 34-year-old Family Food Fight judge.

“I think it brings back fond childhood memories. But I always say to think outside the box with your recipe creation, so have taken inspiration from the classic lamington for this extra special breakfast.”

Hayden appeared on series three of MasterChef and has written two cookbooks, Dish It Up and Surfing the Menu.

As for combining flavours, Hayden says adding raspberries and chocolate is a winner and yep, we agree.

“The tartness of the raspberry combined with chocolate is the perfect balance of flavours to bring out the creaminess of the oats. And, just because I avoid regular milk in the morning usually, I’ve made this dish dairy free as well!”

The cookbook author shares these tips for jazzing up your porridge.

  • I’m a big savoury breakfast guy so like to play around with spices such as chilli and turmeric in my oats. It’s easy to turn a meal from the night before into a delicious brekkie – anything can be wrapped into a tortilla or have an egg thrown on top!
  • Play around with fresh fruit, chocolate and coconut. A good combination for your oats is chocolate and raspberries, it really emphasises the tartness of the fruit whilst still tasting delicious. Dried fruits such as dates and fig are another great way to add flavour.
  • The most important thing with flavour is to think outside of the box, as long as you’ve got a high-quality base such as UNCLE TOBYS Oats for some good quality wholegrains, you can add whatever you want to the top!


Lamington Porridge is our new favourite way to start the day.

Hayden’ Dairy Free Lamington Porridge recipe

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Serves: 2


1 cup frozen raspberries
2 tbsp water


3/4 cup UNCLE TOBYS Traditional Rolled Oats
1 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk*
100g 70% dairy free dark chocolate**, broken into small pieces

1/4 cup coconut flakes
2 tbsp cocoa nibs
4-5 fresh raspberries


  1. For the “jam”, place frozen raspberries in a small saucepan with water and cook over a low heat until raspberries have softened and are beginning to break down (you may need to mash them slightly with a spoon). Remove from heat and set aside until serving.
  2. Place the oats and coconut milk in a small pot on a medium-to high heat. Bring the oat mixture to boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer until oats are soft and creamy, stirring continuously. When oats are at your desired consistency, pour half of the mixture into two serving bowls.
  3. Add dark chocolate pieces to the remaining mixture in the pot and stir through thoroughly. Once chocolate is fully combined, spoon the chocolate porridge into your serving bowls and stir through.
  4. Top porridge with raspberry “jam”, coconut flakes, cocoa nibs and fresh raspberries. Enjoy.

* Feel free to replace with a dairy free milk of your choice instead.
** Optional: For a non-dairy free option, opt for the dark chocolate of your choice.