Easy Grain-Free Porridge (Paleo, Gluten-free, Whole30, Vegan)

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What’s Inside: Grain-free Porridge (aka hot cereal) takes just a few minutes to make or prep overnight for a high protein, filling breakfast. Its Paleo, Whole30, and Vegan. Make it your own with your favorite toppings and spices!Easy Grain-free Porridge (Paleo, Whole30, Gluten-free, Vegan) via Food by Mars

Why You Should Never Skip Breakfast

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?

  • Skipping breakfast completely, or not eating enough to keep you full
  • Chugging too much caffeine to satiate yourself
  • Grabbing a processed, sugar-filled concoction only to crash later on
  • Eating the same microwaveable oatmeal over and over again (boring!)
  • Slapping together a random non-balanced meal you scrapped together from your office cupboard
  • Not kickstarting your metabolism with a healthy start to the day

Easy Grain-free Porridge (Paleo, Whole30, Gluten-free, Vegan) via Food by Mars

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.

Easy Grain-free Porridge (Paleo, Whole30, Gluten-free, Vegan) via Food by Mars

My Favorite Part about This Grain-Free Porridge

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!

Easy Grain-free Porridge (Paleo, Whole30, Gluten-free, Vegan) via Food by Mars

How To Prep Grain-Free Porridge

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 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.

Easy Grain-free Porridge (Paleo, Whole30, Gluten-free, Vegan) via Food by Mars

What’s Your Favorite Go-To Breakfast?

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.

  • Are you still hungry after eating a meal?
  • How are your energy levels?
  • How’s your mood?
  • How well (or poorly) is your body digesting this meal?

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!

Want more grain alternatives like this oatmeal swap? Check out this post!

Easy Grain-free Porridge (Paleo, Whole30, Gluten-free, Vegan) via Food by Mars

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Easy Grain-free Porridge (Paleo, Whole30, Gluten-free, Vegan) via Food by Mars
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Grain-free Porridge

This easy grain-free porridge can be made in just a few minutes or prepped overnight (like overnight oats!). It's Paleo, Gluten-free, Vegan, and Whole30! Spice it up and top it off however you'd like.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten-free, hot cereal, paleo, porridge, vegan
Servings: 1


  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp coconut oil or ghee optional
  • 3 tbsp almond meal
  • 3 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp golden flaxseed meal
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract optional
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon optional
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom optional


  • berries optional
  • tahini optional


Overnight Steps

  • Combine all ingredients in a large mason jar or bowl, mix it up well and store in a container with a lid.
  • Refrigerate overnight and mix up in the morning, add milk or more water to loosen up. Optionally microwave for 30 seconds if you'd like to eat it warm or just service cold and add desired toppings such as: fruit, honey and more cinnamon!

Same-day Steps

  • Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and heat over low-medium heat while stirring. After a few minutes, the porridge will thicken.
  • Pour the porridge out after you like the texture and serve with desired toppings.

Easy Grain-free Porridge (Paleo, Whole30, Gluten-free, Vegan) via Food by Mars

More Breakfast Recipes To Try

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!

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  • Amanda PaaJune 16, 2016 - 12:50 pm

    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


    • Alison MarrasJune 17, 2016 - 1:59 am

      So true… very important to know what nourishes you and makes you perform and feel best!



  • Ingrid | Let's talk evergreenJune 21, 2016 - 11:11 pm

    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


  • BrittanyAugust 28, 2016 - 4:59 pm

    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?


    • Alison MarrasAugust 29, 2016 - 3:59 am

      Ah yes- typos on my part. This serves 1, just cleaned it up. Sorry for the confusion!


      • BrittanyAugust 29, 2016 - 5:43 pm

        Thank you!


  • HJanuary 4, 2017 - 2:57 am

    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.


    • Alison MarrasJanuary 4, 2017 - 3:04 am

      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


  • ColleenJune 2, 2017 - 2:04 pm

    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.


    • Alison MarrasJune 11, 2017 - 11:39 pm

      Thanks for sharing! I’ve been wanting to try tigernut in here for a nut-free version. So glad you liked it!


  • AmyJuly 26, 2019 - 5:49 pm

    Do you have a nutrition and macro breakdown for this?  It looks delioxia!ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasJuly 30, 2019 - 5:03 pm

      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!ReplyCancel

  • AngelaNovember 13, 2019 - 12:04 am

    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?ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasDecember 10, 2019 - 1:17 am

      You could definitely try that! I haven’t so I can’t be sure.ReplyCancel

  • lucyFebruary 25, 2020 - 10:11 pm

    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.  ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasFebruary 27, 2020 - 3:48 pm

      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.ReplyCancel

  • shawn La FaversAugust 24, 2020 - 1:08 pm

    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.ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasAugust 25, 2020 - 3:09 pm

      Wonderful, Shawn!! so happy to hear.ReplyCancel

  • MostlyRealMomDecember 5, 2020 - 5:57 pm

    So awesome! Super easy and tasty- exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!! ReplyCancel

  • Alanna Taylor-TobinDecember 12, 2020 - 1:55 am

    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. ReplyCancel

  • Julie GrubbsDecember 21, 2020 - 10:21 pm

    Fast, easy, and so satisfying. This will be part of my regular winter rotation. ReplyCancel

  • DanniiJanuary 8, 2021 - 4:05 pm

    I never would have thought to make porridge like this. Such a great idea.ReplyCancel

  • BethJanuary 8, 2021 - 4:08 pm

    This is the most delicious porridge I have ever eaten! Thanks for a delicious breakfast. my whole family loved it!ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasJanuary 9, 2021 - 9:09 pm

      Oh that makes me so happy, Beth!ReplyCancel

  • NathanJanuary 8, 2021 - 4:13 pm

    This looks so hearty and filling! What a perfect breakfast for the colder months!ReplyCancel

  • MirleneJanuary 8, 2021 - 4:25 pm

    Any day is special if it starts with a delicious bowl of a porridge like this. It looks absolutely delicious!ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasJanuary 9, 2021 - 9:09 pm

      Thanks so much, Mirlene! I have to agree!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica FormicolaJanuary 8, 2021 - 4:34 pm

    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!ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasJanuary 9, 2021 - 9:08 pm

      yay!! enjoy, Jessica.ReplyCancel

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