Vegan Quinoa Porridge with Coconut Milk

This creamy porridge recipe is made with fluffy quinoa, oats, coconut milk, and a touch of vanilla and maple syrup. Top with your favorite fruits and nuts for a wholesome and healthy breakfast recipe.

vegan quinoa porridge with blueberries and bananas. hand is holding wooden spoon

Quinoa? For breakfast? You read that right! This healthy grain is most common in savory dishes but we’re taking it to the sweet side with this easy vegan porridge recipe.

What’s best about this quinoa porridge is it’s so delicious and just so happens to be vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free too.

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Ingredients in quinoa porridge

While quinoa is the star, this recipe uses a quinoa and oat blend for a more textural base.

Canned coconut milk is used for the liquid and it’s sweetened with maple syrup and flavored with vanilla extract.

Once the porridge is done cooking, you can top with any toppings you’d like! Fresh fruit, chopped nuts, a glob of honey (if not vegan).

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How to make quinoa porridge

Start by generously rinsing the uncooked quinoa. I used tri-color quinoa but regular quinoa will do too. Rinsing quinoa is an important step because it washes away the natural coating which can make quinoa bitter in taste.

ingredients for quinoa porridge in saucepan

Cook the quinoa for 15 minutes then add the remaining ingredients. Cover and let cook for 5 minutes.

quinoa porridge in saucepan with wooden spoon

You’re then left with a fluffy, creamy, and slightly sweet quinoa porridge.

Different between oatmeal and porridge:

Oatmeal is a kind of porridge. But not all porridge is oatmeal. Confusing right? Porridge is basically the term for a hot cereal that can be made from a number of different grains.

Oats are a type of grain and they are what make oatmeal.

two bowls of vegan quinoa porridge with bananas, blueberries, and pomegranate

Toppings for quinoa porridge

This is where you can get creative and customize your porridge. Don’t hold back as this will take your breakfast to the next level!

  • Bananas
  • Berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.)
  • Pomegranate arils
  • Raisins
  • Nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, etc.)
  • Shredded coconut
  • Hemp seeds
  • Peanut butter (almond butter, cashew butter, etc)
  • Honey (if not vegan) or extra maple syrup
  • Chocolate chips or cacao nibs

hand holding bowl of vegan quinoa porridge topped with fresh fruit and nuts

How long does porridge last?

Porridge lasts about 5 days in the fridge. That means you can make a big batch and have the leftovers all throughout the week. Simply reheat on the stove or in the microwave then top with all your favorite toppings.

Note: When reheating porridge, you may need a splash of non-dairy milk or water to soften it up.

honey dripping on quinoa porridge with blueberries, bananas, pomegranate, and almonds

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honey dripping on quinoa porridge with blueberries, bananas, pomegranate, and almonds

Vegan Quinoa Porridge

Fluffy quinoa, oats, creamy coconut milk, and a touch of vanilla and maple syrup. Top with your favorite fruits and nuts for a wholesome and healthy breakfast recipe.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Keyword: breakfast bowls, healthy make ahead breakfast, quinoa breakfast
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 201kcal
Author: Amanda


  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk see notes for substitutes
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup can substitute with honey if non-vegan
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Toppings (all optional):

  • fresh fruit (bananas or berries are my favorites)
  • nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, etc.)
  • peanut butter (can also use almond butter or cashew butter)
  • shredded coconut
  • chocolate chips or cacao nibs


  • Bring water to boil in small saucepan.
  • Add rinsed quinoa, cover, and reduce heat to low/medium. Let cook for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and stir in remaining ingredients. Cover again and let cook for 5 more minutes.
  • Serve warm and top with toppings of your choice. You can add a splash of milk to make it more liquidy if desired.


Can replace canned coconut milk with 1/2 cup of any non-dairy milk. 


Serving: 1serving (1/4 recipe without toppings) | Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 25.7g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9.1g | Saturated Fat: 6.6g | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 247mg | Fiber: 3.2g | Sugar: 4.2g | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2mg

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