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porridge recipe gluten-free paleo

I discovered this hot cereal on Ricki Heller’s blog, Diet Dessert and Dogs, after she tweeted it a couple of days ago.  I’ve had it for my gluten free breakfast every day since!  You can call it hot cereal or Paleo porridge, either way, it’s a super food way to start your day, and quick and easy at that. What is porridge?  According to Wikipedia, porridge is a dish made by boiling grains such as oats or other cereal meals in water, milk or broth.  In fact, there are lots of ways to make a gluten free porridge, this one just happens to be my favorite, probably because it’s Paleo friendly.

I grew up on Cream of Wheat (isn’t that lovely). We did not eat ours with sweetener, it was a savory dish for us, with tons of butter (actually margarine) and salt.  This new gluten free breakfast brings back my memories of hot cereal during childhood.  Here’s my version of the hot cereal posted on Ricki’s blog (original recipe by Andrea Nakayama).

Paleo Porridge


  1. Combine all dry ingredients in a vitamix
  2. Blend until finely ground
  3. Pour boiling water into Vitamix, cover with lid
  4. Blend very carefully starting on low setting, then moving to high, until porridge is smooth
  5. Transfer porridge to a bowl
  6. Garnish with raisins, sunflower seeds or treats of your choice
  7. Serve

I use a full teaspoon of cinnamon in this hot cereal as there are studies that indicate this spice controls blood sugar, and I also like its flavor. This gluten free hot cereal would make delicious and healthy breakfast with a side of Simple Fruit Salad and Dandelion Root Coffee

Here are some other Paleo and gluten-free breakfast ideas you might enjoy:
-Muesli Scones
-Blueberry Muffins

posted on July 27, 2011, 101 comments

  1. Nikki

    We are about to more closely follow paleo, we’ve been modified for a year or so, it was my understanding that flax is not allowed. Anyone know the answer to that? Thx!

  2. Wow! I cannot wait until it starts getting cooler so I can try this. At 105 degrees, it is quite warm for me at the moment. Am definitely putting this on file.

  3. Golden

    whoa. Not only gluten free, but totally grain free. Like nut/seed porridge. I am very intrigued. I ordered chia seeds last night and this would be a good thing to try them in. Thanks!

  4. Elana, I’m so glad you like it–thanks so much! I’ve also eaten it quite a few times in the past week. ;) I tend to go a bit heavier on the cinnamon, too, since I love the flavor and I’m also counting on the blood sugar-balancing effects. I’ve also made it since with some hemp seeds added–equally delicious. :D

  5. Oh–forgot to mention–I do grind mine in a coffee grinder. Works just fine! :)

  6. Michelle

    I was just wondering this morning if I could make hot cereal out of almond meal. This is a comfort food that I’ve been missing since going paleo. I ground everything in my coffee grinder, and it worked great. Tomorrow I’m going to try subbing almond meal for the walnuts and flax meal for the flax seeds because I have some of each to use up.

  7. Karen

    If you find Goldilocks sleeping in your bed, don’t be mad at her. She’s just content from eating your porridge :-)

  8. June

    Sounds really good as a hot cereal!

    We eat a similar cold cereal version with almond milk,ground flax, chopped nuts, and fruit (chopped apple,blueberries,raisins, etc.) for texture.

    Thank you for all the wonderful recipes!


  9. Monique

    Yum!! I miss hot cereal so will be trying this.


  10. Melanie

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve been hoping to find a grain-free recipe for my son to use at his Waldorf school snack time. The children sit down to a snack together and usually have a warm grain-based snack and I was hoping to find something for my son that is similar to what the other children are eating while we are on the GAPS diet. Can’t wait to try it for both of us!!

    • Kelly

      That is such a great idea, I am going to do the same! At our Waldorf preschool Tuesday is whole wheat bread day, Wednesday is millet day, and Thursday is oatmeal day!! Love Waldorf, don’t love the grains. So glad to have this grain-free porridge recipe.

  11. Jan

    I’m keen to try this as I love porridge and miss it terribly. Do you think you could grind up a weeks worth at once and keep it in the fridge?

  12. Yummy! I have really missed my morning oatmeal since going primal/paleo too…I saw this post on DDD as well…cant wait to try it!

  13. Maria

    Yeah, I grew up on Cream of Wheat too. The maple flavored stuff with sugar thrown into it and cow’s milk poured all over it. Oh, how times have changed!

    This looks yummy. I’ll have to track down some chia seeds, though.


  14. sandrine

    Will be trying this tomorrow ! Thank you Elana.

  15. Wow, I don’t even really like porridge or hot cereals, and this sounds delicious! I’ll have to try it when it cools down.

  16. Thanks, Elana, this looks great!

    Another “porridge” I eat is the pulp leftover when I make almond milk in my Soyabella (soy) milk maker (I highly recommend it). I sometimes add some hemp seeds. Maybe I’ll try some chia and flax seeds, and maybe walnuts in it next time.

  17. Sounds fantastic …thanks for sharing, Elana. A variation of one I make & just perfect whilst travelling…my motto ‘have grinder will travel ‘( along with my immersion water boiler, stainless steel mug & organic tea bags)…off to the snow for 10 days (DownUnder)… so wholesome & nourishing & such a great start to the day :)

  18. I can’t wait to try this! I’ve missed having porridge for breakfast!

  19. Emily

    This sounds delicious! It’s definitely porridge weather where I live (south-east Australia)and I’ve been missing hot cereal. I look forward to trying it.

  20. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Ds16 so misses porridge (rolled oats) he has been happy enough with Chia granola
    but lovely to have something hot:)

  21. sophie

    This looks tasty, but how many does it serve?

  22. Joelle

    Yum, luckily I had all the ingredients on hand and…voila! I also added some hemp seed and bee pollen and sweetened it a bit with raw honey. Thank you Elana and Rick!!

  23. This looks so good! I want to try with perhaps sunflower seeds and/or almonds! Reposted at http://www.grainfreegroupie.blogspot.com!

  24. melissa

    I just made this and it was very good! However, the chia seeds made the consistency like a globby solid. Yours doesn’t look globby at all. Neither does Ricki’s. I wonder what the texture would be if I left them out… Did this happen to anyone else? Maybe I waited too long to eat the stuff.

    • Kandy

      I made this today. It is very thick and a bit “globby” but it is a combo of the chia AND the flax I think…I loved it and as a diabetic I don’t think I could find a healthier, easier breakfast for myself. Planning on making up bags of it for “instant” breakfasts. It is very filling also. I did use a coffee grinder, the walnuts turned into a bit of a paste but mixed well with the boiling water. Awesome.

    • Michele

      Mine also had a viscous texture. The flavor was really good. My boys ate it but could not get past the texture. I doubt I will be able to get them to eat it again, but it has given me some great ideas for experimenting!

  25. Heather D

    I once saw “almond polenta” on Iron Chef. Have any of you tried such a thing? It sounds delish.

  26. Nancy Bennett

    without the chia seeds it’s very very thin

  27. Angie Halten @ blog.glutenfreeclub.com

    I have to say that I am not a fan of oatmeal or even worse, Cream of Wheat (Yuck!) I blame my mom for letting me eat Captain Crunch for so long. Now that I’m a mom, and realize the benefits of healthy eating, I’m trying to get good foods into picky eating son, so I bit the bullet and made this recipe (for him not me!) in hopes he’d like it. And he did!

  28. Laura

    Very good! Added mashed banana! Thanks for the wonderful grain free hot cereal idea!!

    Laura in VA

  29. I made this for breakfast this morning. It’s delicious and very filling! I did add a bit of sweetener and some sugar-free dried cranberries. After 5 minutes of resting I thought the consistency was perfect. Very yummy start to my day! Thanks

  30. This looks delicious!! I’ve sort of missed having oatmeal for breakfast!!! :) Thanks!!

  31. Julie

    This was a great breakfast! I topped with chopped peach and had a green smoothie on the side. Great way to start the day! I’m going to grind up a bigger batch so that I can throw it in the fridge and make it quickly in the morning. I didn’t have any flax so I subbed hemp instead, and I’m sure you could do a lot with whatever nuts and seeds you happen to have (though I think the chia would be essential to hold it together). Thanks Elana and Ricki for the great recipe!

  32. Vivian

    I have made a similar recipe for years but it contained wheat germ and I had to give it up. I tried this this morning and loved it! I plan to add a scoop of protein powder (an idea from my old cereal mix!) I also mix it up, put it in a jar into the refrigerator so it is quick when I want it. Thanks for a great recipe!

  33. Oh my, I missed this one over at Diet Dessert & Dogs. So glad you shared it again. I better head on over to Ricki’s site to see what other brilliant recipes I’ve missed :)


  34. Karen

    Anyone have insight as to where there is a carb counter I could use to calculate carbs in this. I love it but need to track carbs. It’s become my new ‘go to’ breakfast, especially since I can make it all ahead and pull it from the frig in the morning and just add hot water. Closest thing to an instant breakfast I’ve had in years. But I am paranoid about the carbs….Need to track them.

    • melissa

      I worked this out at sparkpeople.com, where they have a nutrition tracker.


      428 calories
      26 grams carbohydrates
      35 grams fat
      11 grams protein

      It also packs a walloping 12 grams of fiber.

      Of course adding any nut milk, berries, whatever, will add to these numbers.

  35. me.you.key

    I’ve made this three times already in three different variations – with walnuts, almonds, or pecans – it was great each time! Thanks for the great breakfast recipe. So easy.

  36. Lora

    Yum!! tried it this morning but did not have chia so I subbed quinoa seeds (uncooked!) and it worked! tiny bit crunchy which I prefer so turned out the way I like it! Thanks!

  37. Sabrina

    Even though it’s still pretty hot where I live, I couldn’t resist and made the porridge this morning. i didn’t have pumpkin seeds, so I substituted sunflower. It was a delicious and very filling breakfast! It will be great for this fall and winter. I’m still not hungry for a typical mid-morning snack. As I’m transitioning to a more paleo diet, I’m really happy to have such a protein, fiber, and healthy fat-loaded breakfast that doesn’t need animal protein.

  38. Kandy

    Elana, your website is so awesome. I come in here to look for a specific recipe and I end up traveling the world to enjoy other food adventures. You have provided such good, wonderful, beautiful recipes and it is such a pleasure to have your input. Have a great weekend!!!!

  39. Desirea Samhouri

    This was such a great alternative to my morning bowl of steel cut oats! I have recently had to go grain free and I was trying to think up a way I could still have my “oatmeal” in the morning and then I found this post on your website. I made it this morning using my coffee grinder as well, and using 2 tbls of pumpkin seeds as I had just ran out of my chia seeds. I also used flax meal since I don’t have flax seeds.

    I heated up a cup of unsweetened almond milk and let it stand for 5mins and the result was so scrumptous that I can’t wait to have it again tomorrow. Though I might try a mixture of walnuts and almonds.

    thanks for posting this!

  40. Marci

    I’ve missed oatmeal & Cream Of Wheat sooooo much since being diagnosed as allergic – cannot wait to try this recipe, it sounds delicious, thank you!!!

  41. Tami

    This is an absolutely incredible recipe! I made this x10 batches and stored in my frig after trying it the first time. My son, like many kids with autism, is unable to digest disachharides (starches/sugars).

    He loves this recipe! Me too! In the past 5 years, we’ve fed more attempts of starch-free hot cereals to our compost than I can count. This is a fantastic answer to a grain-free dieters dilemma. Thanks!

  42. Kelly S.

    Are these nuts and seeds to be raw or crispy (soaked/dried)?

  43. Elana
    Teen Ds loves your recipe. although his tip is double it;) hungry teenager.

  44. Maggie

    Delicious! I had to substitute sunflower seeds for chia seeds (my store was out of chia – I live in Alaska, and when your store is out of something, it’s a tough-cookies ditch), and 1 cup water was a bit too much, but it tasted great, and filled me right up. Thanks!

    Any other good suggestions for no chia?

  45. jessica

    i love this recipe, but one thing i do different, is i buy the chopped walnuts from the baking aisle, that are chopped up really little. i put everything else in the coffee grinder except the walnuts, and then add them at the end in my bowl before the hot water. it makes it almost like irish steel cut oats.

    i like things chunky

  46. jenn

    I tried making this tonight and I’m having a hard time getting my flax and chia seeds to blend up in my dry container. Are they supposed to stay whole? It seems a little crunchy but still tastes delicious!

  47. Maddie

    I found your recipe for porridge a couple of days ago and have now had it for breakfast two days in a row. It’s so delicious and easy!
    I’ve been advised to eat a gluten/dairy/soya/sugar-free and low-grain diet and I often look on your website if I need some new inspiration. Thanks for all the fab recipes!


  48. I appreciate how simple and easy this recipe is – everything from your instructions to the ingredients is very accessible. The chia seeds might prove to be a challenge to find in Japan, but to have something warming in this cold weather will be worth it!

  49. Vee

    I made this, this morning. It was creamy but I thought it was a little bland. Does anyone have any ideas how to”sweeten” it a bit. I do miss my oatmeal in the mornings since going Paleo, this could be a great replacement.

  50. Carole

    What a delight to find your blog last night and to try this hot cereal this morning! It’s under 10 degrees here this morning…and Paleo breakfast has been the biggest challenge for me. Like others, the coffee grinder worked for flax (no chia in the house), and the food processor worked for the rest. Just based on what was I had, I substituted almonds for walnuts and added sunflower seeds instead of chia. I decided to actually cook it for a few minutes in Sooooo Delicious Coconut milk, and added a chopped apple to the mix before cooking. It thickened up just perfectly, and had a little added sweetness. I let it stand, covered, for maybe 5 minutes – then yum!

    Thanks, Elana – your blog is rejuvenating my enthusiasm for cooking Paleo!

  51. Mary Bosch @ Facebook

    I tryed your silver dollar pancakes but your recipe called for 1 1/2 cups almond flour I used coconut instaed didn’t have almond the amount was to thick for the recipe,not sure what to do or if adding less flour would be the best even with almond flour. I live at 4000 ft elavation and sometimes go to 8000 ft so I wonder if that has anything to do with the mixture of flours? I try adding more water but not sure it will get to a pan cake mixture. What did I do wrong or can you suggest what to do.???

  52. Any suggestions if you don’t have a vitamix?

  53. Teandra

    I was wondering, are the chia seeds black, or white? Thanks!


    What is the alternative if you do not own a Vitamix??

  55. cucee sprouts @ cuceesprouts.com

    This is my first comment. I LOVE your blog: recipes, photography, writing. I have a blog of my own and I look up to you :) I noticed that you only have one warm porridge-type breakfast idea on your blog and I thought you will be interested in trying this gluten-free sweet breakfast polenta http://cuceesprouts.com/2012/04/blueberry-almond-breakfast-polenta/. Let me know if you decide to try it!

  56. Molly

    Fantastic receipe .simply WOW…wish my 4 yr old would eat it. Tried by adding a generous amount of agave to her bowl , but no luck :( l

  57. Lea G.

    I made this porridge, but without the flax seeds (I don’t seem to digest them very well) and used sprouted pumpkin seeds. I also used unsweetened coconut flakes instead of shredded coconut. I have to say the porridge is absolutely delicious. It is my staple breakfast on the weekends. I actually cook it in unsweetened almond milk for creaminess. I top it with sliced banana and berries. I usually make a big batch and keep it stored in the fridge or freezer. What I also like about the raw mixture is that I can sprinkle it on top of yogurt too, or roll baked confections in it. AMAZING. Thank you.

  58. Jen Fong

    This is absolutely wonderful. I’ve made it several times already. I do add a bit of maple syrup to sweeten, top with blueberries, and today I used coconut milk instead of boiling water. I also swapped out the walnuts for almonds and added a banana to the vitamix for variety today. Delicious! I keep the base seeds, etc. measured out in individual containers in my pantry, and then add the nuts when I make in the morning. Thanks for a great recipe!

  59. Lauren

    Made this recipe this morning and oh boy I think its my new favorite!!! I have recently gone paleo (previously was only gluten and dairy free due to interolences)and was feeling a little limited on what I could eat for breakfast (was getting bored of eggs and smoothies). Well this sure solved that! PLUS it kept me full for 5hrs and I am still going strong. No carb or sugar crash here! Tons of energy and mental alertness. Thanks for posting this! I will be trying all of your other paleo recipes as I embark on this new lifestyle.

  60. I love this! I blogged about how great it is and eat it almost every morning since I read this!! It completed helped my oatmeal cravings!

  61. Edwina @ mymezzaluna.com

    What a blessing this is. Thank you. I am struggling for grain free breakfast ideas and I think this will do the trick.

  62. kathy scott


    Love your blog! Incredible recipes. I don’t have a vitamix. Could i still make this and any suggestions on using just a blender?

    Kathy (Ontario)

  63. karen

    I make this porridge a lot, i have added some things, taken some things away but its always delicious and works great for my husband who pouted for years that he can’t have cereal:)

  64. This is delicious and creamy! I’ve tried a different version of this, that didn’t use the vitamix, and this is way better. Also added 1/4c sprouted dehydrated buckwheat, vanilla, and a hunk of frozen banana. Thank you!

  65. Rosemary @ tidingsmag.com

    I made some ingredient and process substitutions, too, and posted my version on my blog (credit to you, of course). This has become my family’s morning go-to breakfast (and snack!).

  66. Wonderful recipe! Hard to find a grain free breaks fast but this is fantastic. Thanks.

  67. great breakfast recipe, will try it in a coiple of days cause need to find some ingredients! thanks:))

  68. Lili

    Just made this and added a dollop of pumpkin puree and some maple syrup on top- the best fall breakfast ever!

  69. Dianna @ none

    I loved this!!! I made it this morning using unsweetened almond milk instead of the water. Didn’t have pumpkin seeds in the pantry, so I used unsalted sunflower seeds instead; and I also didn’t have walnuts but I had almonds! They worked great! I enjoyed this with 2 teaspoons of Truvia. It was fabulous and made me smile. This is much better than the other grain free cereals I’ve made that feature a blend of ground flax, chia, coconut and nuts…..a bit less viscous. The dash of salt really helps. I could eat it every day!!

  70. Jaclyn VanderVeen

    this porridge is delicious! and it was a lifesaver for me! I just took my 2 year old off all grains r/t eczema – and she’s used to eating oatmeal every morning. I tried this recipe – but only used coconut, sunflower seeds and flaxseeds (b/c of other allergies and sensitivities). I adjusted the amounts accordingly and it was a hit! with both my 2 and 4 y.o. girls. thank you!!

  71. Dawn Betts

    Hi Elana,

    Is this recipe for 1 serving? If so, I find it very high in calories-477. It sounds delicious, but is out of my reach calorically.

    Thanks for all you do to provide delicious, healthy recipes!

  72. Theresa

    1. Can I leave the flax seed out totally or would I need to replace with something. Flax is off my list.
    2. can I leave the chia whole and add it in after everything like the seeds and raisins? I love the texture of chia but not sure if it would glob like others are talking about.

  73. beck

    OMG! thankyou so much for this recipe! ! I only had cashews and almonds for the nuts so I used a mix of the two…with a drizzle of honey on top YUM! really felt like I was eating a bowl of warm porridge thanks again x

  74. Hi Elana, I am Sheila from Brasil, I work with raw food and I love so many of your reciped! Thank you for sharing, it is a real treasure and inspiration.


  75. Beverly

    Love your website and recipes. They are not only healthy, but taste great. Tried the porridge today and really enjoyed it. I’ll probably have that a few times a week even in the Summer. I am always trying to think of things to make for breakfast. Thank you so much!

  76. Suzanne Davis

    I have made a good hot cereal out of nut meal – I’ve done almond meal and it was very satisfying. I also grew up on Cream of Wheat, and Cream of Rice as well. I have been hungry for hot cereal, and I’m thinking of it for dinner tonight. We try to do our big meal at Lunch and eat smallish in the evening. I’m thinking of making a mixed pecan and walnut meal (I’m out of raw almonds right now.)

    I make the nut hot cereal much like I did Cream of Wheat. I use a mixture of hot water and half & half (full fat) to a cup or more of nut meal. I zap it in the microwave. Then I add coconut oil, little Stevia, tablespoon or 2 of almond butter, and a hint of brown sugar. I know I shouldn’t do the brown sugar, but I like the look and taste. Any low carb or sugar-free substitutes out there? OH, I forgot the cinnamon. Cinnamon is such a beneficial spice, I use it on and in tons of edible creations.

    One more question: is the frig or freezer the best place to store nuts in any form? Thanks!

  77. Lo Trenberth @ Elana'spantry

    Hi Elana, thank you for all your great recipes and ideas especially for GF and Paleo cooking..I love the grain free porridge recipe you just posted and cant wait to try it! I don’t have a Vita mix. Any suggestions where is a good place to buy one in the US? Will a coffee grinder do in the mean time?
    cheers and thanks again..

  78. Kim

    Great Recipe! Wondering how many servings this is?

  79. This is the best breakfast ever! My only change is to make the recipe x 4 as we go through it so quickly, reduce the salt, and I replace half the walnuts with almonds – only because they’re cheaper. We serve with homemade 24 hr yogurt and walnuts sprinkled on top.

  80. This is a great recipe. For breakfast i think even a afternoon snack.

  81. maria anna

    any chance you can give nutritional info. on this recipe? how many grams of protein, carbs, etc?

  82. Marie

    Elana – thank you so much for this recipe! I am doing the candida protocol and was dearly missing my regular breakfasts (usually, root veggie hash). This porridge is delicious! You can’t even tell it’s missing grains, and I love the addition of cinnamon. Thanks so much. Marie

  83. Irene

    I have just discovered your blog and I have felt in love with it. Apart from the health concern (gluten free, paleo diet, candida diet..) I really like that the recipes seem easy and dont have thousand of different ingredients. I will definitely try lots of your recipes :-)

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