Hot & Healthy Vanilla Breakfast Porridge

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Hot breakfast cereal has become my go-to breakfast in the winters. I frequently get asked what is the healthiest cereal for breakfast. This is the one that I eat and recommend for fuel early in the morning. When most people think of porridge, they automatically think of oats, but not all hot cereal has to have oats as the base. The possibilities for this vegan porridge are endless when it comes to various grains, nuts, or seeds to create a delicious breakfast porridge bowl. I chose a combination of seeds for this bowl. This vanilla breakfast porridge recipe is different, but oh so good and comforting on a cold brisk winter morning.


A breakfast porridge can be savory too, it doesn’t have to be made sweet. This recipe happens to be flavored with vanilla and that suits me just fine. The best part about this breakfast recipe is how low in sugar it is. Only 1.2 grams of total sugars in the whole bowl. However, if you want to add fruit, I would advise adding in the banana, blueberries, or strawberries while it is cooking to enhance the sweetness of this hot cereal.

My preference for this vanilla breakfast porridge is without the extra sugar but topped with some raisins or dried apricots. You get extra iron content from the dried fruit. I like to lower sugar content because it can be so easy to get unnecessary sugars from your food during the day. I wrote an entire series called Ditch the Sugar Series. You can read the first article in the series here. What Sugar Does to Your Body My vegan porridge is naturally low in sugar and a great option if you are trying to ditch the sugar.

One of the great things about this recipe is that it is vegan if you use non-dairy milk. I love to use unsweetened vanilla almond milk for this recipe, but you can use any milk. This vegan porridge will become your new favorite breakfast.

One of the star ingredients is pumpkin seeds and let me tell you, I adore pumpkin seeds for so many reasons. A great source of fuel derived from healthy fats and so easy to keep in a baggie in my bag during the day as a quick snack. I made another seriously good recipe with this star ingredient. These ginger-nutmeg oat bars are loaded with good-for-you ingredients.


Zinc in pumpkin seeds helps to support clear skin. Zinc is a mineral known to help keep skin clear, maintain a healthy scalp, and even promote hair growth. Pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc. Did you know that studies have shown that zinc can help to deactivate the herpes virus that leads to cold sores? If you tend to suffer from cold sore outbreaks, you might want to try including foods rich in zinc like pumpkin seeds.

If you have trouble getting your beauty sleep, you might try eating some pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds are a source of tryptophan, which studies suggest can help to improve your sleep.


Iron | Phosphorus | Zinc | Magnesium | Vitamin K | Copper | Manganese | Omega-6

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Healthy & Hot Vanilla Porridge

  • Author: Laura Villanueva
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Serving 1x


  • 1 1/2 cups dairy-free milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • Pinch of sea salt

Optional toppings

  • Slice almonds
  • Dried apricots or raisins
  • Fresh fruit, such as blueberries, bananas, or strawberries


Combine all ingredients in a small pot over low to medium heat. Mix until warm and thickened, but not boiling, about 5 minutes. Serve hot, or cool the porridge to room temperature and then chill until ready to eat. 

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 576 calories
  • Sugar: 1.2 grams
  • Sodium: 340 mg
  • Fat: 40.3 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 31.4 grams
  • Fiber: 22.7 grams
  • Protein: 23.7 grams
  • Cholesterol: o mg

Keywords: porridge, breakfast cereal, hot breakfast cereal, seeded porridge


If you make this delicious breakfast cereal recipe let me know in the comment section below. I also would love to hear what you think or take a photo and tag me @Eat_Your_Nutrition on Instagram. I love seeing your photos. #EatYourNutrition #LauraVillanueva

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