Dad’s Porridge (plant-based, gluten-free)

5 from 14 votes
Growing up, porridge was the one recipe I got from my amazing Dad. And the dad in our family now makes porridge for us too (as well as a lot of other yummy things!)
It’s a super simple, comforting breakfast to start the day off on a nourishing foot. Especially helpful when someone in the family is having a hard time.
I watched a wonderful talk this morning called "Taking Care of our Suffering" by Brother Dharma Embrace.
He talked about the importance of suffering as a way of generating compassion – if we never suffered, we wouldn't be able to feel connected to or want to help others who are suffering.
He also said that if you know how to suffer, taking gentle care of your anger, fear, or sadness, then you will suffer less.
If we are all connected and taking care of our emotions, then we definitely all have days where we need a comforting bowl of Dad's porridge to restore our sense of peace and well-being.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Canadian
Keyword comfort food, gluten-free, plant-based


  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ½ cup soy or other plant-based milk
  • 1 cup rolled oats (gluten-free or regular)
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • Coconut sugar or maple syrup to pour over the top (optional)


  • Put the water, soy milk, oats, raisins, cinnamon, and salt in a medium pot over medium heat. Stir with a wooden spoon and bring to a boil.
  • Once it starts to bubble, turn the heat down to low, stir well, and let it simmer for about 5-10 minutes until you get to your desired thickness. We like it pretty thick to hold our toppings.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  • Serve in individual bowls and eat straight, or top with coconut sugar, maple syrup, or whatever milks, sweeteners, fruit, or nuts you like. ❤️
Did you make this? Tag @maitricooks on Instagram and leave a rating in the comments below. Lots of love! ❤️🤗🙏
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31 thoughts on “Dad’s Porridge (plant-based, gluten-free)”

    1. maitricookswithlove

      @healthysimpleyum Thank you Anna! I’m going to have to try your one-pot lasagna soup – it looks very healing! 😍😍

    1. maitricookswithlove

      @prettydeliciouslife Thank you! And your vegan, gluten-free gnocchi – where have they been all my life? Incredible. 😍

      1. maitricookswithlove

        Instagram comment from tapey1026: @maitricooks awww thank you so much!! I love creating healthy and easy recipes to share! ❤️

    1. maitricookswithlove

      @cilantro.parsley Thanks Maxine! I love how your blue plates really make your photos pop, and what a hilarious carrot pun! 😍😍

  1. maitricookswithlove

    5 stars
    Instagram comment from marlene_kellermann: Definitely a winner combination 🙌🙌🙌it looks fabulous and delicious 👏👏I hope you have the best weekend 🔥🔥

    1. maitricookswithlove

      @marlene_kellermann coming from a porridge specialist, that means a lot, thank you so much!! Your bowls are very inspiring!! 👏🔥🔥❤️❤️

    1. maitricookswithlove

      @oatdicted thank you! Coming from an oatmeal addict, that’s a huge compliment! I’ll have to try your brookie baked oats – looks amazing! 👏❤️

      1. maitricookswithlove

        Instagram comment from oatdicted: hahaha you are welcome, looks nice and creamy. Thanks, yes the brookie one is just like a cake, but still healthy ◕▿◕ hope you enjoy it

        @oatdicted incredible stuff, can’t wait. keep up the baked oatmeal wonders!! 🎉😍

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