June 16, 2016
(updated March 24, 2023)
What’s Inside: Skip the BLOATmeal and follow this super simple Paleo, grain-free porridge (aka hot cereal) recipe. It takes just a few minutes to make or prep overnight for a high plant protein, filling breakfast. It’s also Gluten-free and Vegan. Make it your own with your favorite toppings and spices!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Just made this for the first time this morning. It’s delicious and satisfying. I’m on a grain-free cleanse and have been missing my morning oats – but I may never go back!” – Nikki
Sometimes, weekday breakfasts can be a struggle. If it’s not quick and easy, and you’re in a rush, the risk of skipping the first meal of the day is high. But what exactly are we risking?
Plus, who wants to start off with a half-assed meal, with their stomach grumbling by 10:30 am in a meeting where you swear everyone can hear your bodily functions, or even bloated and tired because you have no idea what you even just ate and what it did to you?
Literally no one.
STOP THE MADNESS! And make this easy grain-free porridge instead.
I personally thrive on a high-protein breakfast with healthy fats and a little bit of fruit to give me great energy. It fills me up till lunch and keeps me going throughout the day. So, naturally, I sent myself on a mission to figure out how I can create this perfect breakfast in a grain-free porridge form that was convenient AND delicious.
BINGO! This is it.
I was inspired after trying this recipe from Wicked Good Kitchen and made it my own by switching it up with different toppings. Maybe berries one day and kiwi the next. How about a swirl of tahini with cinnamon and cardamom? So many options to keep it fresh!
If overnight porridge isn’t your thing, you can easily put this together the same day as well with a little heat. Either add it to a small saucepan or zap it in the microwave. It’ll come out THICK, so add a little drop of your favorite milk or more water to get it to your perfect consistency.
The flaxseed meal, chia seeds, and almond meal/flour (or tigernut flour) work well together to thicken this up. And the shredded coconut gives it some more texture and the hemp seeds expand for an even creamier porridge.
I don’t add any sweetener to the base since you can add it to your liking on top. My preference is to keep it clean with fresh fruit for that sweetness. You could easily add honey, stevia, or light brown sugar, if that’s your preference.
I find that this type of breakfast is what suits me best for a busy day. Sometimes I’ll switch it up with boiled eggs and avocado (more healthy fat and protein), a delicious hash (great for egg-free folks), or some coconut yogurt with cinnamon and granola, with a little low-sugar fruit like berries. No matter what, I like to keep it low in sugar and high in flavor.
Have you figured out what food combo gets you going in the morning and keeps you satisfied and energetic? Try taking note of how certain breakfasts make you feel. It’s a big deal for your energy and blood sugar.
I recommend drinking a full glass of water before eating and paying attention to how you feel right after your meal, as well as a couple of hours afterward.
This is helpful to figure out what works for your body on certain days. It literally takes 5 minutes to reflect on that and jot any notes down.
If you haven’t tried a breakfast experiment, I highly recommend it to know what breakfasts best nourish you in different situations (seasonally, the type of day (workday/weekend) and time of day, and your health state).
I would love to hear how this Grain-free Porridge does for you! And if you’re doing a Whole30 and are getting sick of eggs, put this Whole30 breakfast in your rotation. I’ve also got 7 Egg-free Breakfast Recipe Printables for you here!
If you like this easy grain-free porridge, then you’ll love these breakfast recipes:
Interested in trying more healthy breakfasts to see what makes you feel the best in the morning? Get my favorite savory breakfasts here with more information on balancing blood sugar and why it’s so important!
Want more grain alternatives like this oatmeal swap? Check out this post!
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This porridge is beyond amazing! Thank you so much for this recipe.
YASSSS so happy you love it.
This is my new favorite breakfast recipe! I love the overnight version. The last time I made it, I had some extra canned coconut milk so subbed half of the water with it. It was delicious! Thank you!
So stoked you love it!
Just made this for the first time this morning. It’s delicious and a satisfying. I’m on a grain free cleanse and have been missing my morning oats – but I may never go back!
FABULOUS! Stoked to hear this – and I must agree, such a great and easy swap.
Love this recipe so much! It’s great when you need some extra fiber *wink wink* lol! I love too easy to add Other things if you’d like. I personally love adding my protein powder supplement to it.
I make this almost every day. It is delicious and has a positive impact on my digestion.
I’m so happy it’s become a regular part of your gut-healthy routine, Becky! Thanks for sharing.
Do you provide nutritional information for your recipes? It would be very helpful. thank you.
No I don’t but you’re welcome to plug in the ingredients into a tool like myfitnesspal.com – I don’t endorse accounting calories or macros, so it’s my preference to not take that extra step.
Thanks for the recipe!
I like the easiness and texture of the porridge.
This porridge is really good! The texture and consistency are great, it hits the spot when I’m missing a bowl of oatmeal. I liked the tahini and berries as toppings as well. It was lacking a little something in flavor the first time (although I didn’t have cardamom, which might have been the problem), so I added some salt and pumpkin pie spice the second time. A dash of maple syrup is good too if you want it a bit sweet. I’ll have to keep experimenting to get the spices just right for my palate, but overall I really enjoyed it!
I’m in need of some new breakfast recipes, and this looks perfect! I’ve never made porridge, so I can’t wait to try this!
yay!! enjoy, Jessica.
Any day is special if it starts with a delicious bowl of a porridge like this. It looks absolutely delicious!
Thanks so much, Mirlene! I have to agree!
This looks so hearty and filling! What a perfect breakfast for the colder months!
This is the most delicious porridge I have ever eaten! Thanks for a delicious breakfast. my whole family loved it!
Oh that makes me so happy, Beth!
I never would have thought to make porridge like this. Such a great idea.
Fast, easy, and so satisfying. This will be part of my regular winter rotation.
Fabulous recipe Alison! I could easily eat this every day. The spices, ghee, and vanilla give it natural sweetness and the flavors are spot on. It’s nice and filling without any carb spiking. When I don’t have shredded coconut on hand I use 2 tablespoons coconut flour and it works wonderfully. Today I topped my bowl with spiced pecan butter, persimmon, and a splash of coconut milk.
So awesome! Super easy and tasty- exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!!
Thank you so much for this! I subbed peanut butter for the coconut oil and added a little vegan protein powder (so I bumped the water a little). So yummy. And so filling that I only need to eat half and save the rest for the next morning. Completely satisfies the oatmeal craving.
Wonderful, Shawn!! so happy to hear.
I can’t seem to get on with chia or flax due to I think sibo. What would you suggest as substitutions if any are possible? I see most recipes like this include them. But it does sound like such an energising breakfast I would like to try some version of it as eggs are a no go for me also. Many thanks.
Hi Lucy! If the seeds bother you, try to omit them and use less liquid as you combine everything and increase the almond and coconut.
This looks amazing! Oats are not agreeing with me or my daughter! Just wondering, I could mix up a HUGE batch of all the dry ingredients and keep in an airtight container, right? Then just scoop some out and make it in the morning? Could I also add quinoa flakes for added protein and creaminess?
You could definitely try that! I haven’t so I can’t be sure.
Do you have a nutrition and macro breakdown for this? It looks delioxia!
Hi Amy! Thanks so much, it’s very tasty and easy. I don’t normally provide nutrition facts but you can definitely plug in the ingredients into a tool like Myfitnesspal if you need to get that info!
This was really good. I was surprised honestly that I liked it as much as I did. The only sub I made was I used 3 TBS of tiger nut flour instead of almond meal (allergic to almonds) and it worked out just fine. I did the same day steps and ate it warm with a little unsweetened vanilla coconut milk and honey.
Thanks for sharing! I’ve been wanting to try tigernut in here for a nut-free version. So glad you liked it!
I feel like I’ve found hope. I found out today I have Hashimoto’s Thyroid disease and I can’t eat like I did. This is a life saver.
You have no idea how happy I am to hear that – I also have Hashimoto’s and eat this a couple times a week! You’re not alone! XO
I’m confused re: the amount of servings this makes… In the paragraph above the recipe it says it makes 2 batches for 2 days and the overnight instructions say to divide into 2 jars, but then in the receipe it says serves 1 and in the same day instructions it does not say to divide in 2 portions… Can someone please clarify?
Ah yes- typos on my part. This serves 1, just cleaned it up. Sorry for the confusion!
I would love this for breakfast! <3 And so nice to see a version without oats. Will definitely try this recipe! Hope you are well, love! xx
Stellar grain-free porridge this is! I haven’t made any for a long time, but with it being hot out, this would be so refreshing and a nice change of routine for me. I’ve noticed for myself that I need to components to my breakfast: carbohydrates + protein, and a little sweet + savory. If I don’t have any fresh fruit, I find myself craving sweets all day. And if I don’t have any protein, I’m ravenous by 9am.
Such a good reminder about the most important way to get your day started right! xo
So true… very important to know what nourishes you and makes you perform and feel best!