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Recipes with more calories

Here are some basic recipes with boosted calorie content.

These recipes are also attached to this page as PDFs.

High-calorie (fortified) milk

  1. Take 1 pint of full cream milk.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of milk powder.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Store in the fridge and use throughout the day.
  5. Use when making porridge, milk puddings and milky drinks.

Creamy porridge

Serves one


  • half cup of porridge oats
  • 1 cup of full cream milk or high-calorie milk
  • small pinch of salt
  • 1 dessert spoon of double cream
  • 1 dessert spoon of honey or golden syrup
  • 1 dessert spoon of dried fruits, for example apricots


  1. Mix porridge, salt and milk in a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on high for 2 minutes, stir half way through.
  3. Leave to stand for 1 minute.
  4. Stir in cream, swizzle over honey and dried fruits.



  • 1 glass of fortified milk
  • milkshake powder (Nesquik, Crusha or similar)


  1. Whisk milk and milkshake powder together.
  2. Add flavourings to taste and serve chilled.

Jacket potato

An 8oz jacket potato on its own doesn’t have lots of calories – only 182. Here’s how to boost your intake:

  • add 1oz butter - total 382 calories
  • add a third of a tin of beans - total 522 calories
  • add 2oz cheese - total 752 calories

Breakfast cereal

If you have your cereal with semi-skimmed milk you’re missing an opportunity to boost your calorie intake:

  • cereal with semi-skimmed milk - 220 calories
  • use full milk instead - total 250 calories
  • use full milk with milk powder (two tablespoons per pint) - total 275 calories
  • add 1 tea spoon of sugar - total 300 calories