Simple Healing No-Oat Vanilla Breakfast Porridge Recipe

Hot healthy vanilla breakfast porridge recipe

Have you tried oat-free porridge before? Hot breakfast cereal has become my go-to breakfast in the winters. I frequently get asked what is the healthiest hot breakfast cereal. This is the one I eat and recommend for fuel early in the morning. When most people think of a healthy and healing breakfast porridge recipe, they automatically think of oats, but not all hot cereal must have oats as the base. You won’t believe this no-oatmeal vanilla porridge can be this tasty. So, let’s discuss the big debate: porridge vs oatmeal.

How to Cook the Perfect Vegan Grain-Free Breakfast Porridge!

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No-Oat Breakfast Porridge Recipe-Superfood Breakfast Bowl

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 creamy and comforting on a cold, brisk winter morning. Smooth, creamy, with hints of vanilla. That is exactly how I would describe this breakfast bowl. It is full of nutritious ingredients and has high fiber content. I like to call this my superfood breakfast bowl.

Delicious Gluten-Free Vanilla Breakfast Porridge Option

A breakfast porridge can be savory too, it doesn’t have to be made sweet. This healing breakfast porridge recipe happens to be flavored with vanilla, and that suits me fine. The best part about this simple 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.

If you follow the AIP diet, auto-immune protocol, it is advised to avoid nuts and seeds. If you don’t know what the AIP diet is, it is designed to heal your body from auto-immune diseases by focusing on anti-inflammatory foods. The protocol avoids foods like eggs, dairy, grains, nuts, and nightshades. However, if you find you can tolerate nuts and seeds while still following the AIP diet, this would make an excellent AIP breakfast porridge option. Follow what works best for your own health.

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Perfect Low Sugar Porridge Recipe

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 no-oatmeal porridge is naturally low in sugar, and an excellent option if you are trying to ditch the sugar.

One of the remarkable 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 healthy porridge will become your new favorite breakfast.

One of the star ingredients is pumpkin seeds. Let me tell you, I adore pumpkin seeds for so many reasons. A significant 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 tasty recipe with this star ingredient. These ginger-nutmeg oat bars are loaded with good-for-you ingredients.

What’s the Difference Between Porridge and Oatmeal?

Porridge vs oatmeal. What’s the difference? Is oatmeal and porridge the same thing? No, there is a slight difference in the two recipes. This is a paleo porridge bowl, which is a healthy alternative to oatmeal for breakfast. Porridge is typically made from oats and water. While oatmeal is made from oats and milk. However, porridge can be made with or without milk. This is how I chose to make the best gluten free breakfast porridge. The consistency of porridge is actually thicker and creamier than regular oatmeal recipes.

How Much Fiber is in This Oat Free Porridge Recipe?

This oat free porridge recipe has an impressive 22 grams of fiber per serving. So go right ahead and eat your porridge.

How is This Porridge Grain-Free?

This hot gluten-free breakfast cereal recipe is also grain-free and paleo, because it doesn’t contain any oats, wheat, or barley. This makes it the perfect cereal for anyone following a paleo or grain-free diet. This recipe is also dairy-free, because I prefer to use a plant-based milk option. Have I convinced you on the great debate between oatmeal vs porridge yet?

Is Porridge Good For You?

Porridge vs oatmeal! Yes, making porridge is a nutritious breakfast recipe idea. My breakfast porridge is made without any grains and gluten-free. So, this makes it the perfect option for anyone who needs to avoid gluten or grains in their diet.


Zinc in pumpkin seeds helps 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 zinc can help deactivate the herpes virus that leads to cold sores? If you tend to suffer from cold sore outbreaks, you might want to consider 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 improve your sleep.

Pumpkin seeds the base for my no-oat breakfast porridge recipe.


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

How to Cook the Perfect Healthy Grain-Free Porridge Bowl?

Preparing porridge is such a personal preference, because everyone has their own special ingredients and ways to prepare this easy breakfast option. I make my porridge with dairy-free milk and a mixture of nuts and seeds. It also tastes delicious with some fresh fruit, honey or maple syrup, and warming spice mixtures.

To cook the porridge, always begin by heating up your milk of choice first, adding in any fruits during that step. This ensures the flavors of the fruit add a natural sweetness and depth of flavor. Then you add in your nuts, seeds, or even oats, if that is how you prefer your porridge recipe. The secret is stirring often until the liquid is almost absorbed. Some people prefer it thicker, and others like it with more liquid in the end. It’s a personal preference.

How to Store Leftover Porridge?

This seeded breakfast porridge can be stored in an airtight container, dry before preparing. Then on the morning that you would like to make this recipe, simply pour out how many servings you will need and follow the instructions below. After cooking, you can also store this in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Then simply reheat it on low heat or even in the microwave.

How to Serve Porridge?

You can eat your healthy porridge without any sweetener or toppings. However, this no-oat porridge tastes great with some additional fruit and maybe a drizzle of honey or maple syrup. Check out some of my porridge variations below for some delicious breakfast inspiration.

Is it Ok to Eat Porridge Everyday for Breakfast?

Porridge is actually a terrific breakfast option to eat everyday. The nuts and seeds in this healing breakfast porridge are great for your digestive health. The healthy fats and protein will fill you up until lunch. I personally love to eat this no-oat porridge daily, but change up the flavor profile to keep things interesting. This is a high-fiber breakfast option that provides your body with many vitamins and minerals to keep you healthy. Why settle for the instant packets of oatmeal? I hope I convinced you on the difference between porridge vs oatmeal. Porridge wins by a landslide.

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Hot healthy vanilla breakfast porridge recipe

Simple Healing No-Oat Vanilla Breakfast Porridge Recipe

  • Author: Laura Villanueva
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Serving 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Superfood Breakfast Bowl Recipe

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 I eat and recommend for fuel early in the morning. When most people think of healthy and healing breakfast porridge, they automatically think of oats, but not all hot cereal must have oats as the base. You won’t believe this no-oatmeal porridge can be this tasty. 


Units Scale
  • 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. 

  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Paleo


  • 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, AIP, breakfast, healthy, paleo, vegan

Variations: Oat Free Porridge Breakfast Recipes Many Ways:

Here are some seasonal porridge ideas to change things up, so you never get bored with the same old spices and flavors.


Replace the cinnamon with your favorite pumpkin pie spice blend, and add a tablespoon of canned or fresh pureed pumpkin.


Add in fresh chopped apple pieces, omit the cinnamon, and your favorite chai spice blend.


Add in fresh banana slices while cooking, omit the cinnamon, and add a tablespoon of your favorite nut butter of choice.


Add in fresh blueberries while cooking, omit the cinnamon, and add in a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice.

Let Me Know if You Make This Hot Breakfast Cereal Porridge Recipe!

If you make this delicious no-oat breakfast porridge recipe, let me know in the comment section below. Which variation of oat-free porridge will you try today?

I would also 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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